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Executive Director, Terri Wogan-Calderon to Retire December 2018

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Terri Wogan Calderon


Stepping down after 12 years of outstanding leadership, helping grow an array of nonprofits


PHOENIX – After spending 12 years devoted to the work and mission of Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) and its investees, Terri Wogan Calderón will be retiring, effective December 31, 2018.

Under her leadership, SVPAZ has continued to innovate and raised its profile and impact on the Valley community. During her time leading SVPAZ, the nonprofit organization and its Partner members have:

  • Invested more than $3.7 million in grants
  • Worked tens of thousands of volunteer hours
  • Introduced the widely admired Fast Pitch competition and mentoring program
  • Increased the community social impact of more than 100 local nonprofits

Social Venture Partners Arizona assisted promising nonprofits, such as Feeding Matters, Treasures 4 Teachers, Teen Lifeline, Spot 127, New Global Citizens and Bloom 365 to help them reach a greater level of capacity and impact, with both SVPAZ’s own investment funds and Partner volunteer expertise.

This outstanding impact would not have been possible without her passion and organizational savvy. Wogan Calderón joined SVPAZ on June 1, 2006, becoming the eighth executive director in seven years. She immediately stabilized SVPAZ and transformed the organization into a non-profit model of excellence.

Through Terri’s leadership and guidance, Social Venture Partners elevated its brand in the community, by not only working with its nonprofit investees, but also by launching SVPAZ “Fast Pitch” in 2011. Called “American Idol with a Soul,” the Fast Pitch nonprofit competition before a live audience became a significant source of mentoring, skills and awareness building, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding, for some of Arizona’s best local nonprofits. Fast Pitch attracted widespread media coverage and expanded Partner and community leader volunteer engagement opportunities.

“Terri has guided Social Venture Partners Arizona with unconditional dedication and grace,” SVPAZ Board Chair Patrick Armstrong said. “Terri has had a long, standout career of leadership and service in the nonprofit and public sectors, serving the greater Phoenix and Arizona community. She will be greatly missed as Executive Director, but we look forward to her on-going participation and assistance in the Partnership.”

Steve Seleznow, President and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, praised Wogan Calderón’s “vision and leadership for building the nonprofit community.”

“She has had an extremely positive contribution in many communities throughout the state,” he said. “We will miss her collaborative spirit and innovative approach to improving philanthropy in Arizona but wish her much happiness in retirement.”

Prior to joining SVPAZ, Terri was Director of Community Relations for Governor Janet Napolitano’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. With degrees in Elementary Education and Library Science, Terri worked as a K-6 librarian upon graduation from Arizona State University. Her work as a community volunteer led her into the professional field of nonprofit management.

Terri currently serves as Vice Chair of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, serves on the boards of the Arizona Educational Foundation, Healthy Future US, ASU Alliance for the American Dream and is a member of ASU Women in Philanthropy. Terri is married to Ernest Calderon, an attorney and community leader. She has three, grown daughters and is “Gigi” to nine grandchildren. Terri will continue to support SVPAZ as a friend and Partner and continue her personal engagement in the non-profit world in a variety of ways.

SVPAZ is a partnership of more than 100 business and community leaders serving philanthropic changemakers and investing their time, money, and professional expertise in high potential nonprofits. SVPAZ’s mission is to build the capacity of its investees and maximize their impact on the local community. Established in 1999, Social Venture Partners has contributed more than $4.3 million dollars and 35,000 hours consulting for more than 100 nonprofits in our community. Local success stories include Bloom 365, Feeding Matters, New Global Citizens, Peer Solutions, Spot 127, Teen Lifeline, Treasures 4 Teachers, and many more.Terri Wogan Calderon