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Cecilia Garza, Staff Writer

Cecilia supports communications for SVPI and SVP Seattle. A storyteller, a liaison, a connector, she brings the work of SVP Partners, Investees, and affiliates to life – linking our daily efforts to the positive change we strive for in our communities. Read More »

Emily Reitman, Program Manager

Emily joined SVPI in July of 2014 and her first project on the job was the launch of SVP Connect. While she continues to manage the SVP online services, she also works in other programs that support the network. Read More »

Katalin Marky, Operations Manager

Katalin joined the SVPI team in November 2010 after completing her masters degree in public administration at the University of Washington. She supports all programs, events and operations. Read More »

Michael Castle, Graphic Designer

Michael supports communications for SVPI and SVP Seattle as a visual storyteller, bringing image and voice to our broad range of social impact initiatives. Read More »

Rona Pryor, Chief Programs Officer

Rona Pryor is the Chief Program Officer and manages SVPI's annual conference, peer groups and gatherings, and the online knowledge management space, among other things. Read More »

Sarabeth Zemel, Knowledge Manager

Sarabeth supports knowledge management and knowledge sharing at SVPI with the overarching goal of supporting SVP affiliates around the world by making relevant resources, tools, and information easily accessible. Read More »

Sarah Perry, Chief Development Officer

Sarah Perry recently joined the SVPI team as our Chief Development Officer. Her bio is coming soon -- stay tuned! Read More »

Tim Schottman, Chief Executive Officer

Tim Schottman leads SVPI with a strong focus on supporting SVP affiliates around the world and strengthening our network at large so we can make a greater impact together. Read More »

Willow Russell, Communications Director

Willow is the Communications Director for SVPI and SVP Seattle. In both roles, Willow has the enviable task of sharing stories of amazing individuals and organizations that are changing our world for the better. Read More »

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Daniel Tisch

Daniel Tisch is President and CEO of Argyle Communications, one of Canada’s largest and most respected independent public relations firms. Dan is the Emeritus and a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Toronto. Read More »

Dennis Cavner

Co-Founder of the SVP program at Mission Capital in Austin, Dennis is past Chairman of LIVESTRONG and member of the Advisory Board of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas. Read More »

Diane Helfrey

Diane helped found SVP in Los Angeles and served as its executive director from 2005 to 2016. She served as VP, Client Services at EdTec Inc., a business services provider to California charter schools as well as Senior VP with Bank of America. Read More »

Gan Wang

Gan Wang is a founding Partner and board member of SVP Beijing. After receiving her BA and MA from Peking University and Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University, Gan returned to China and founded an experimental preschool The Little Oak Children’s House in 2001. Read More »

Ganesh Natarajan

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Founder of 5F World, a platform dedicated to investment and mentoring of start-ups, skills platforms and social enterprises. He is also Chairman of Pune City Connect and Social Venture Partners Pune and a Co-Founder and Chairman of Global Talent Track. Read More »

Jingjing Wang

Jingjing Wang has served as CEO to SVP Beijing since its launch in 2013. There, she oversees everything from partner coordination and recruitment to grantmaking and fundraising. She is also co-CEO at SVP China which is expected to expand to Shanghai in the next year. Read More »

John Palter

John Palter is a trial attorney and certified public accountant, whose areas of expertise include complex commercial and intellectual property litigation and risk management. He has sought actively to expand his skill set in the nonprofit arena in the areas of strategic planning, board governance and development. Read More »

Keith Kegley

Keith Kegley began his career writing software for IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows. He has since become a technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He currently serves as president at Ufora, Inc., a data science engineering company that is developing a cloud-based successor to computing and research products like Matlab, R, Mathematica and SAS. Read More »

Kevin Shaw

Kevin, Chair of Social Venture Partners International, is Chairman of Fathom, a digital marketing firm and a principal with Thunder Bay Enterprises, a company that invests in private companies. Previously, Kevin served as president and CEO of NCS Healthcare, a public institutional pharmacy. He co-founded NCS in 1986 and worked with the company until its sale in 2003. Read More »

Larry Fox

Larry Fox has been a Partner of SVP Portland since 2009 and joined the Board there in 2011. He has served twice on the Investment Team and currently serves on the Community Impact Committee. In the past he served for three years as a Lead Partner on the investment in Listen To Kids. Read More »

Lisa Norton

Lisa is passionate about education and is a Partner and board member in Seattle. She is an attorney and author of "How To Be A Global Nonprofit: Legal and practical guidance for international activities". Read More »

Mario Ribera

Mario Ribera grew up in Bolivia and is currently Vice President, Latin America, for Expedia. Mario brings nearly two decades of experience in technology and growing international businesses to the SVP network. Read More »

Martin Goodman

Martin Goodman considers himself a recovering entrepreneur and aspiring philanthropist. Since about 1984, Martin has started and run several businesses including a government software company, a kids' parenting and behavior program, a loan exchange for private lenders, and a real estate acquisition and lending firm. Read More »

Max Scoular

Max Scoular is the founder and chairman of PierceGray, an executive search firm specializing in transformational leadership roles for private equity companies. Prior to PierceGray, he founded XG2, a provider of advisory, benchmarking and executive roundtable services for supply chain leaders in the energy industry. Read More »

Paul Shoemaker

Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of SVPI and was SVP Seattle's Executive Director for 17 years. With insights from this unique vantage point, he is a leading expert on activating social change agents and a global thought leader on how individuals can be the most effective philanthropists. Read More »

Richard Tollefson

Richard, a Partner in Arizona, has 25+ years in the philanthropic sector. He founded the Phoenix Philanthropy Group in 2004 and brings that skill set to the SVP Network. Read More »

Robin Minick

Robin Minick is an experienced senior executive with extensive legal, real estate and both profit and non-profit Board credentials. A central theme in her business experiences is her ability to move in at the ground floor, identify issues and leverage points, cohesively rally the team to her vision of success, and implement the way forward. Read More »

Sofia Michelakis

Northwest native, Sofia Michelakis has been connected to SVP for some time now, primarily through her role as SVP's Director of Philanthropy Development. She worked with SVP for nearly seven years before launching into a new career at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Senior Program Officer – Giving Partnerships. Read More »

Takuya Okamoto

Takuya is the current CEO of SVP Tokyo, the fifth largest affiliate in the SVP Network. A Certified Public Accountant, Takuya was a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers Japan Audit Division and then its Consulting Division from 2002 to 2011, when he left to take up the role of CEO of SVP Tokyo. He has been a partner with SVP Tokyo since 2008. Read More »