SV DSA Working Group Co-Chair Onboarding

Thank you for being a co-chair!

We’re really excited that you’re a co-chair and helping keep our working groups running. This onboarding page will help to show you how to use our various tech tools and help you get up to speed on what co-chairing is all about!

Using this website: treat this website like a directory of information; to start, I recommend looking at the intro links and what co-chairs do (about 30 to 45 minutes). Then you can look at the other how-to videos and documentation as you are working on particular tasks, or if you’re interested in a topic or curious about something.

Website notes: most links on this page automatically open in a new tab. Most links are to documents in our internal Google Drive; you need to have an account with permission to view documents in the drive (which is open to all members). If you are having issues viewing any of the files, please ask the officers for help.

Intro to SVDSA & What Co-Chairs Do

Intro to SVDSA: One-page intro (Google Docs) – includes a brief intro on who we are, why we fight, and how we communicate with each other in SVDSA.

Here are some past projects we are proud of:

  • Stop the RV Ban in Mountain View (Jan 2020) – SVDSA worked with the Mountain View Housing Justice Coalition to gather signatures to stop a proposed RV Ban that Mountain View City Council had voted to pass. SVDSA gathered about 1/3 of the thousands of signatures required in a little over one month, and we were able to get the ban referred to a ballot measure to be voted on in Nov 2020.
  • Marriott Strike (October 2018) – SVDSA provided community support for a strike by the UNITE HERE! Marriott hotel workers that went for over a month. We brought food, walked the picket line, turned people out for rallies, created fun picket line events, and fundraised for a strike fund.

What Co-Chairs Do:

  • What Do WG Co-Chairs Do? (video, 9min 6sec) – Overview of what working group co-chairs do, which includes an explanation of which parts of the role are critical and which are optional as a co-chair.
  • One-pager of Working Group co-chair resources – contains paths to working group specific information – for example, how to find your working group specific Slack channel and Google Drive folder, as well as a meeting planning checklist to reference.

Website Calendar & Booking Venues

Website Calendar:



Agenda Setting & Facilitating Meetings

  • How to Create an Agenda (Google Doc) – this is a how-to for finding previous meeting agendas and then making a copy for your next meeting in the same folder.
  • Making Exciting and Collaborative Meeting Agendas! – these are tips for how to ask for agenda items on Slack or during the meeting, as well as other activities you can hold during meeting time to make the meeting a little more exciting and help with turnout & meeting attendance.