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Ann Herzog-Olson, Executive Director

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Ann brings more than 25 years of nonprofit development and marketing communications experience to SVP-MN. She is a native to Minnesota and has spent her entire career with a heart on making Minnesota a better place to live and work. Read More »

Esther Goldberg-Davis, Deputy Director

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Esther is a seasoned development professional with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about working to improve the lives of youth and families. Read More »

Lea Blackwell Favor, Operations Director

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Lea has spent her career working with young people from under-resourced communities and thrives in settings that are youth-centered, culturally-responsive and academically enriching. Read More »


Our Board is made up of SVP Partners who are actively involved in engaged philanthropy. They are leaders from the Twin Cities who provide organizational leadership and oversight to SVP and they are committed to addressing issues to help underserved teens prosper.

Carla Pavone, Board Chair

Carla Pavone has been a member of Social Venture Partners since 2012, serving on the due diligence team, as a lead [...] Read More »

Brian Peterson, Treasurer

Brian re-entered the nonprofit sector in 2018 - after four years as a nonprofit consultant at CliftonLarsonAllen - [...] Read More »

Jim Anderson

Jim has worked a number of years in executive roles in the software industry. He graduated from North Dakota State [...] Read More »

Jeff Arnesen

Jeff Arnesen is Senior Vice President at Marsh where he is responsible for developing and managing private equity [...] Read More »

Ben Burgum

Ben Burgum joined SVP in 2013 on the advice of a friend and fell in love with both the engaged community of Partners and the efficient model of making an impact. Read More »

Rebecca Duvick

Rebecca Duvick cares deeply about SVP and has been a Partner, along with her spouse, since 2013. She was Lead Partner with Reve Academy, has served many terms on the due diligence team and has skillfully led the Investment Committee since 2017. Read More »

Nathan Espinosa

Nathan has 20 years of marketing experience in product management, marketing communications and strategic [...] Read More »

Dionne Gumbs

Dionne Gumbs is CEO and Founder of GenEQTY, a digital financial services platform that aims to close the gender gap by providing women and women led enterprises with access to lending and investment products. Read More »

Linda Ireland

Linda’s passion for collaborating to tackle complex change brought her to SVP, and she has been a Partner since 2017. She is known for connecting disparate ideas to move people and organizations forward – a provocateur, a CEO once called her. Read More »

Kimpa Moss

Kimpa Moss is the Chief Operating Officer and a Partner at Lurie LLP. Kimpa’s experience includes positions as [...] Read More »

Christi Strauss

Christi Strauss brings almost 30 years of general management experience leading businesses for General Mills around the world. Read More »


Thank you to the following volunteers for sharing their brain power, time and financial support to help guide SVP’s activities in the Twin Cities. Most of our volunteers are SVP Partners.

Corporate Development Team
Dionne Gumbs*
Molly Nelson
Christi Strauss*

Equity Team
Suzanne Oh
Ellie Singer
Steve VanTassel
Guff Van Vooren – Chair
Daniela Vasan
Veronica Williams

Programs Committee
Mary Dee Hicks
Linda Ireland*
Dana Mortenson
Drew Moss
Kimpa Moss* – Chair
Christi Strauss*
Leslye Suarez
Guff Van Vooren
Ellen Walthour
John Watson

Investment Committee
Rhoda Beaird
Nancy Chang
Rebecca Duvick* – Chair
Cyndie Leary
John Mauriel
Jeff Parker
Vicki Raport
Ellie Singer
Robb Stubenvoll
Josh Susser
Charles Talbert
Steve VanTassel

Marketing/Communications Committee
Nathan Espinosa* – Chair
Lube-Tech communications team
Margaux McClure
Trevor McKinnon
John Watson

Due Diligence Team
Dawn Araya
Tatiana Bremer
Linda Bryant
Nancy Chang – Team Lead
Rebecca Duvick,* ex officio
Deb Garvey
Alia Giama
Kayla Greenwood
Chapin Hall
Mary Kelley
Neda Kellogg
Molly Nelson
Jeff Parker – Team Lead
Christi Strauss*
Robb Stubenvoll
Josh Susser
Veronica Williams
Adam Ziskind

SVP Network Liaison
Guff Van Vooren

Connections to Independence Consulting Team
John Mauriel
Danielle Denney Moriarity
Jeff Parker
Jeanne Rudelius – Lead Partner
Josh Susser

Cookie Cart Consulting Team
Dan Kinsella – Lead Partner
Jim Kraft
Christi Strauss*

Elpis Enterprises Consulting Team
Chris Harms
Jayme Keseley – Co-Lead Partner
Holly Parker
Ellie Singer – Lead Partner
Christi Strauss*

Roots for the Home Team Consulting Team
Marshall Lehman – Lead Partner

Spark-Y Consulting Team
Grace Bassette
Loren Feldkamp
Jason Fogt
Jeff Henderson
Eric Jackson
Cyndie Leary – Lead Partner
Margaux McClure
Katherine Syverson
Amy Jo Van Culin – Lead Partner
Guff Van Vooren

The BrandLab Consulting Team
Dionne Gumbs*
Linda Ireland* – Lead Partner
Trevor McKinnon
Will Schnabel
Kirk Smith
Andrea Stark – Co-Lead Partner
John Watson

*Member of SVP Board