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Meet our Partners

With more than 3,000 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors.

We are investors, entrepreneurs, business professionals, attorneys, educators, and philanthropists who believe that, together, we can help solve problems and strengthen our community. If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet this group.

Meet Some of Our Partners…

David Allocco

David Allocco is a Managing Director with PierceGray, a retained executive search firm that specializes in operations leadership for private equity and other investor-backed companies. Mr. Allocco leads the firm’s relationships with large and mid-cap private equity firms. Read More »

Rita Barksdale

Rita M. Barksdale is an Advance Leader for GE Healthcare based in Chicago, IL. She also served as the 2016 Chairperson for the Greater Baltimore March of Dimes March for Babies Campaign. Read More »

Lawrence Bass

Lawrence P. Bass left retirement to teach engineering at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, a Chicago Public high school in the West Englewood. Prior to retirement in 2006, he was an entrepreneur and co-owner of InfraStructure SystemWare LLC., and Applied Tactical Systems Inc. Read More »

Alejandra Esqueda Belmonte

Alejandra Esqueda Belmonte’s tenure in procurement has contributed to savings in excess of $500M not only via negotiations but also thru consolidation via strategic partnership and a focus on design for cost. She has a passion to promote education, technology and in general creating a positive impact in the lives of others. Read More »

Sarah Berghorst

Sarah Berghorst is the executive director of OneGoal – Chicago. She is also a member of the board of directors of Erie Elementary Charter School and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. Read More »

DeRondal Bevly

DeRondal Bevly is the founder and managing director of RubyRose Strategies, a strategic communications boutique that specializes in creating platforms for the managing, marketing and distributing content. He also serves on the boards of Forefront, the Bright Promises Foundation and Education Pioneers. Read More »

Anuj Bhasin

Anuj Bhasin is the Head of Global Gatorade. He is responsible for rapidly accelerating global Gatorade growth with a key focus on international market expansion. Read More »

Priya Kumthekar Bhasin

Priya Bhasin (professional known as Dr.Kumthekar) is a board certified in both neurology and neuro-oncology and uses her expertise to treat both primary brain cancer and metastatic brain cancer at the renowned Robert H.Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. Read More »

Jon Buck

Jon Buck is a partner with Perkins Coie and is a member of the firm’s White Collar & Investigations group. He focuses his law practice on regulatory enforcement defense, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. Read More »

Alex Buck

Alex Buck is vice president of customer implementation at Uptake. Prior to working at Uptake, she was the chief operating officer and special counsel for Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP where she was responsible for streamlining and strengthening the firm’s operational infrastructure. Read More »

Donald Chae

Donald Chae is an executive search and leadership consultant with Egon Zehnder, the world’s largest privately-held executive search firm. Donald is a core member of the Financial Services and CFO Practices at Egon Zehnder. Read More »

Helen Chang

Helen is an executive healthcare consultant providing direction in strategy development, organizational design, management alignment, and strategic implementation. Her focus is on strategic change management in complex, dynamic healthcare organizations embarking on transformational growth. Read More »

Esther Choy

Esther Choy has coached hundreds of managers at Fortune 500 companies, helping many of them get promoted, excel in their jobs, and motivate their teams and customers through storytelling. Esther is currently working on her first book to be published in 2017 by AMACOM Books. Read More »

Susan Comstock

Susan Comstock retired in 2016 as a managing director at JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking and is now focused on active engagement in the Chicagoland community. Read More »

Jeff Coney

Jeff Coney serves as director of economic development at Northwestern University. He is a member of the management team of the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) and in that role his responsibilities include working with faculty-initiated startups, selected intellectual property and license management, marketing and business development. Read More »

Shaun Considine

Shaun is a commercial banker with a background that includes experience in commercial lending, wealth management, entrepreneurship, development and sports coaching. She currently serves on the Leadership Advisory Council of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Pilsen, the Chairmen's Advisory Council of Big Shoulders Fund and the Executive Council of Cara. Read More »

Nate Cooper

Nate has spent his career dedicated to making the food industry more transparent, accessible, and healthier for all. Nate is the co-founder and President of Wise Apple, a company focused on changing the way kids eat, starting with a tech-enabled solution for school lunch. Read More »

Debbie Corson

Debbie is one of the original ARA principals and leads ARA’s Midwest division. With over 35 years of experience in commercial real estate, Debbie has developed long-standing relationships with many of the largest real estate companies in the U.S., including AMLI Residential, AIMCO, Camden Property Trust, DRA Advisors, General Investment & Development Co., ING Realty Partners, John Hancock, Jupiter Realty Company, and Sentinel Real Estate Corporation. Read More »

James Davis

Jim is a senior vice president and private wealth advisor with the Smith-Davis-Morse Group of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. Read More »

Chris Deutsch

Christopher Deutsch has spent 20 years investing in and working with early-stage startups in ecommerce, enterprise software, social media and consumer internet. He has been founder, co-founder or founding team member of numerous angel and VC-backed ventures where his responsibilities have included marketing, product development, fundraising, business development and M&A. Read More »

Brendan Downing

Brendan Downing is the co-founder and CEO of The Falcon Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting firm focused on aiding large health systems in improving clinical outcomes and customer engagement through the enablement of technology. Outside of work Brendan is a founding board member for Healthy Minds, a Chicago based nonprofit. Read More »

Sarah Elk

Sarah Elk, a partner at Bain & Company, Inc. advises clients on strategy, operations and organization. She also has experience working in technology, consumer products, energy and financial services. Read More »

Jonathan Ellis

Jonathan Ellis is the founder and managing principal of Sandalphon Capital, a micro venture capital firm focused on early stage companies. He is a member of the Union League Boys and Girls Club Investment Committee and is the Midwest Regional Representative for the University of Manchester Alumni Association. Read More »

Robert Fealy

Robert L. Fealy is president, chief operation officer and director of The Duchossois Group, a privately-held company headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois. He was awarded the 2010 Richard J. Daley Medal for his contributions to the Illinois venture capital and private equity community. Read More »

Rose Fealy

Rose Fealy is vice president, director of finance and administration/chief financial officer for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), She brings to MSI 30-plus years of leadership experience in operations, finance, human resources and client service in both private sector and nonprofit organizations. Read More »

John Geis

John is currently leading a division of Medline Industries, Inc., the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies in the country. He is also involved with several non-profits, sits on Babson College’s alumni board, and volunteers as a mentor to emerging leaders in the Chicago startup community. Read More »

Rachel Geller

Rachel Geller is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, a leading venture capital and private equity firm, where she performs diligence on new investments and leads engagements with portfolio company executives to drive growth and operational efficiency. She has experience in both strategy consulting and marketing. Read More »

Leo Gonzalez

Leo Gonzalez is a partner at Ocean Endowment Partners, LLC, an investment management firm serving endowments, nonprofits, and families. He has been actively volunteering for over 20 years, most recently serving on the board of Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico and helping initiate a partnership between local businesses and community college programs through the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. Read More »

Melissa Hamilton

Melissa is an experienced strategy consultant who serves global public and private clients across various industries. She enjoys bringing strategic thinking to the nonprofit space to help mission-driven organizations solve some of their biggest challenges. Read More »

Erik Harmon

Erik, currently CAO for Primo Center, has deep experience in strategy, operations and marketing across multiple industries. He also has served on the board of directors for The Enterprising Kitchen, a Chicago nonprofit that helped women gain skills to enter the workforce. Read More »

Shani Harmon

Shani Harmon is a change agent and organizational consultant. Read More »

Brad Henderson

Brad Henderson leads Boston Consulting Group's Operations Practice in North America, the firm’s largest functional practice, which includes manufacturing, supply chain, procurement and R&D-related. He is currently the board president for ACCION US Network – a recently-created national organization to support the five regional ACCION micro-lenders in the US. Read More »

Monica Hughson

Monica has been involved in a number of education organizations, including serving on both the University of Chicago’s Women’s Board’s Steering Committee and Urban Education Committee.  She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Goodman Theatre’s Women’s Board.  Monica has served on various advisory hiring committees for positions at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools, including the Executive Director and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Read More »

Ted Jackson

Ted Jackson is the vice president of operations for the Duro Bag business unit of Novolex, a leading flexible packaging company that produces sustainable paper and plastic bags. He has over 20 years of organizational leadership and operations improvement experience. Read More »

Fritz Kaegi

Fritz Kaegi is portfolio manager of the Columbia Acorn Fund (ACRNX) and Columbia Acorn Emerging Markets Fund (CEFZX) at Columbia Wanger Asset Management. He is a former Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Read More »

Sophia Kang

Sophia Kang is a financial engineer for Chicago Trading Company, a highly analytical proprietary trading firm. She is passionate about serving her community, especially in youth and education. Read More »

Greg Lernihan

Greg Lernihan is the co-founder and board member for Convergint Technologies, a service-based global integrator of electronic security, fire alarm and life safety, healthcare technologies, communications and building automation. He is also a board member for the Incubator Start-up class at Barrington High School, a mentor at Impact Engine and is actively involved in philanthropy and social investing. Read More »

Lauren MacDonald

Lauren MacDonald is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Client Relationship Management for William Harris Investors, Inc., a privately owned Registered Investment Adviser. Read More »

Andrea Maciejewski

Andrea Maciejewski’s work as Director of Client Engagement at Levenfeld Pearlstein (LP) drives innovation in the traditionally slow-to-adopt legal industry. In leading the firm's marketing, business development and client relationship teams, her creativity, practical business sense and a singular commitment to crafting the ideal client experience led her to implement strategies for LP that have since become widely across the industry. These include the use of video, unique approaches to recruiting, development of client feedback programs, and perhaps most importantly, the introduction of transparency to the law firm-client relationship. Read More »

Jim Marion

Jim Marion is U.S. Trust’s National Fiduciary Executive and a Managing Director of Bank of America, N.A., where he heads the national fiduciary organization. He most recently served as U.S. Trust’s National Fiduciary Advisor Executive, responsible for all new trust business acceptance in U.S. Trust and National Fiduciary Investment Advisor, acting as the liaison between the Fiduciary Solutions and Investment Organizations within U.S. Trust and Bank of America, N.A. Read More »

Troy Mastin

Most recently, Troy was COO, head of cashback with CouponCabin, a leader in digital couponing and consumer cashback for online purchases. Prior to CouponCabin, he was SVP, global strategy and operations at The Marketing Store where he was involved in pressing issues that arise throughout the TMS system including, strategic planning, real estate, staffing, resources, planning, budgeting, resource planning, key hires and compensation. Read More »

Devin Mathews

Devin is a Partner and the co-founder of ParkerGale, a Chicago-based buyout fund focused on software investments. He has twenty years of experience investing in technology companies and helping management teams build their companies. Read More »

Christine Mooney

Christine Mooney is the Bill and Paula LeRoy Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Northern Illinois University. She is the lead faculty for entrepreneurship and the co-director of the Center for Social Enterprise. Read More »

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan has been recruiting CEOs and their direct reports for software and software-enabled services companies for more than 18 years. He is also on the executive committee for The Illinois Technology Association, and is a board member for the SmartBet Charity Poker Tournament. Read More »

Meagan Newman

Meagan Newman is CAO at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, a trial law firm based in Chicago, where her responsibilities include directing day-to-day firm operations, providing strategic business support and serving as firm counsel.  Before joining Bartlit Beck Meagan was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw100 firm and an adjunct faculty member at Chicago-Kent School of Law. Her practice focused on catastrophe response and workplace safety. Read More »

Debbie Nutley

Debbie Nutley delved into the nonprofit sector after her retirement from the legal and human resources professions. Debbie believes there is a significant opportunity for greater impact in the nonprofit sector and thereby in our communities. She personally aligns to the concepts of venture philanthropy and leverages her financial donations with professional expertise to make a greater contribution in support of her chosen nonprofits. Read More »

Meg O'Hara

Meg O’Hara retired in 2017 from JP Morgan Chase Commercial Card Legal as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. Prior to JP Morgan Chase, Meg worked as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Kemper and CNA, demonstrating a consistent pattern of providing counsel in highly regulated industries. Meg is now targeting her energies on non-profits that are strategically focused on sustainable solutions to poverty. Read More »

Jason Osterhage

Jason M. Osterhage is the chief lending executive at Alliant Credit Union, a $10 billion cooperative banking institution headquartered in Chicago. Jason is keenly interested in the intersecting disciplines of human-centered design, applied behavioral psychology, operations management, organizational behavior, digital technology and data science. Read More »

Thania Panopoulos

Thania Panopoulos, a founder of The Perissos Group, promotes innovation within organizations to achieve the organizational results. She is a director for One Million Degrees, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting low income community college students. Read More »

Cindy Paulauskas

Paulauskas is a global business leader whose organization and big-picture focus have powered a 20-year record of strategic and operational leadership in dynamic emerging markets. Read More »

Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips is a Managing Director of Sandbox Industries, where he focuses on venture investments in food & agriculture technology startups. Dan began his Sandbox career initially investing in health IT companies, as part of the fund team that manages the BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners funds. Prior to that, he helped build Healthbox, an accelerator program that supports innovative, seed stage healthcare startups. Read More »

Scott Humphrey

Scott Humphrey is president and CEO of One Hope United, a multi-state provider of child and family social services. Previously, he was managing director and head of Industrial Investment Banking at BMO Capital Markets. Scott joined BMO in 2007 as the head of U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions and, in early 2012, was asked to expand his responsibility to include the Industrial Investment Banking business. Read More »

Marc Rolfes

While mostly retired, Marc is a Senior Consultant supporting the Strategic Advisory practice of Mission + Strategy Consulting, a nonprofit consulting firm dedicated to increasing the impact of nonprofit organization in the Midwest. Marc combines skills and perspectives acquired from corporate positions and consulting engagements from more than thirty years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors Read More »

Rick Rubenstein

Rick has more than 40 years of experience in information technology. He led the company he founded from a startup integration business to over $18 million in revenue by 2008. Read More »

Ted Rupp

Ted is a Principal at Kovitz Investment Group, LLC, where he oversees the firm’s operations in addition to working with the firm’s alternative investment offerings. He is currently a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Read More »

Scott Schwartz

Scott Schwartz leads investments in the business services and financial services industries for the private equity firm CIVC Partners. He also has experience as a management consultant, advising companies in operations, strategies, mergers and acquisitions. Read More »

Tasha Seitz

Tasha Seitz, a founder and executive committee chair for the Chicago chapter of Social Venture Partners, currently serves as the chief investment officer for Impact Engine. Additionally, she served as the board chair for Spark Ventures, a young, nonprofit venture philanthropy organization investing in entrepreneurial NGOs serving vulnerable children in developing economies. Read More »

Joe Serrone

Joseph Serrone is a neurological surgeon that specializes in cerebrovascular disease at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois and the Hines VA Medical Center. Read More »

Mark Shapiro

Mark Shapiro is a business advisor to small and mid-cap businesses with a passion for driving growth, developing organizations and cultures, and coaching CEOs to new levels of personal leadership effectiveness. Currently, Mark serves as chair for two CEO Advisory Boards for Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive organization. Read More »

Garrett Sheridan

Garrett Sheridan is president of Axiom Consulting Partners which specializes in aligning strategy, organization and talent to deliver superior results. He also has extensive experience in consulting. Read More »

Paula Sneed

Paula Sneed is the chairman and CEO of Phelps Prescott Group LLC., a strategy and management consultancy she co-founded in 2007. She is a member of the national board of directors of Teach For America, the board of directors of Teach For America, Chicago region and The Family Independence Initiative. Read More »

Pamela Taylor

Pamela Taylor is a Client Analytics Principal with the Oracle Data Cloud. She advises Global 500 companies, such as Coca-Cola and Kellogg's, on the best way to deploy their large digital marketing budgets. Combining data, analytics, visualization, and storytelling, she provides insights using extremely large data sets -- affectionately termed "big data"-- and uses that information to help companies grow. Read More »

Lis Williams

Elisabeth Williams is the co-founder and CEO of AWE Partners, a boutique advisory firm that educates donors on creating “Authentic Impact” in their giving. She also works closely with entrepreneurs to align their business mission and cause-related passion through philanthropy. Read More »

Terra Winston

Terra Winston, founder of inTerract Consulting, has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with almost 20 years of internal and external business consulting experience Read More »

Jessica Droste Yagan

Jessica Droste Yagan is CEO of Impact Engine, a venture fund that invests financial and human capital in early-stage, for-profit technology startups that are improving education, health, economic empowerment and resource efficiency. Read More »

Sam Yagan

Sam Yagan CEO of Shoprunner. He also co-founded and served as CEO of OkCupid, one of the most popular dating sites in America, with over 7 million monthly unique visitors. His prior entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer internet sector include eDonkey, Inc. (founded in 2002), once the largest P2P file-sharing application in the world and SparkNotes (founded in 1999), the dominant brand of study guides. Read More »

Betsy J. Young

Betsy Young is the chief financial officer of Perspectives Charter Schools. She is currently completing a professional certificate in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations from Northwestern University. Read More »

Steve Young

Steve, a managing director in HealthScape’s Chicago Office, advises clients within the healthcare industry on a wide range of strategic, operational and regulatory issues. Read More »