About The Squaw Valley Institute

The Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) was formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit California Corporation in 2002 by John Wilcox, a group of Squaw Valley residents and a grant from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) to “help build community”. Today SVI is dedicated to presenting inspirational programs having artistic, cultural and educational values that bring together visitors, residents, and friends in the truest sense of community. The Institute presents lectures and programs celebrating the arts, wellness, education and adventure in the unique mountain environment of Squaw Valley, Truckee and surrounding North Lake Tahoe communities. The goal is to enrich our mountain culture and inspire uncommon conversations to effect innovative and authentic change for a stronger future.

2017 is SVI’s 15th Anniversary. Over the past 15 years, SVI has presented over 100 programs to thousands of attendees covering topics of vital interest to the Tahoe community and the world at large. Memberships, private donations, sponsorships, grants, and other fund raising events are a critical piece of our operating puzzle and ensure that SVI will continue to make its world-class programs accessible to the broadest possible audience by keeping its prices as low as possible.
Review our website for more information about how to become an SVI member, upcoming SVI programming, and to purchase event tickets.

Previous Executive Directors

John Wilcox
Erin Casey
Raine Howe
Nicole Cheslock
Jeannie Connor
Renee Koijane

Founding Members

Suzanne Baker
Carbona’s, Inc.
Valerie Forte
Ray & Hazel Guaraglia
Fred Ilfeld
Rick Lamb
Connie & Robert Loarie
Theresa Martin
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn
Resort at Squaw Creek
Squaw Valley Plumbing
Village at Squaw Valley
Karen Beal
Chad & Treon Christine
Barbara & Leon Furtran
Headwall Corporation
Vicki & Roger Kahn
Jean Lange
Jean Ann Luckhardt
John Moberly
Patricia Poulsen
Pamela Rocca
Squaw Valley Ski Corporation
Mary Ellen & Keith Vogt
Stephen Bronte
Greg Dorland
Chiara & Ron Gajar
Patricia Heck
Molly & Dan Kenney
Vicki & Larry Lawrence
Vance Lura
Walter Nelson
Russell Poulsen
Maria Ross
Squaw Valley Times
David Welch

Heidi Burkhart
Reb Forte
Granite Peak Management
Laura & Ed Heneveld
Nicola Kerslake
Rick Lierman
Sandra & Bernie Magnussen
Olympic Plaza Food & Beverage Co
Sandy Poulsen
Squaw Valley Chapel
Squaw Village Neighborhood
John & Barbara Wilcox