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Cecilia Garza, Staff Writer

Cecilia supports communications for the SVP Network Office 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 brings nonprofit management and a passion for technology and youth development to her role as Manager of Online Services. Read More »

Jim McGinley, Encore Fellows Ambassador

Jim led the launch of the Encore Fellows program with various SVP affiliates and the Seattle launch of the National Encores Campaign for Children and Youth. Read More »

Katalin Marky, Operations and Training Manager

Katalin joined the team in 2010 after completing her Master's in Public Administration - and speaks three languages, including Salesforce. Read More »

Michael Castle, Graphic Designer

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

Rona Pryor, Deputy Director

Rona has been with the Network Office since 2003 and brings her eclectic background and wealth of knowledge about SVP to her work as Deputy Director. Read More »

Sarabeth Zemel, Knowledge Manager

Sarabeth supports knowledge management and knowledge sharing at the Network Office 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 SVP Network Office team as our Chief Development Officer. Her bio is coming soon -- stay tuned! Read More »

Tim Schottman, Chief Executive Officer

Tim Schottman leads the Network Office 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 the SVP Network Office 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 »


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 »

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 [...] 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 »

Diane Helfrey

Diane helped found SVP in Los Angeles and has served as its Executive Director since 2005. 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 »

Sofia Michelakis

Northwest native, Sofia Michelakis has been connected to SVP for some time now, primarily through her role as [...] 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 »

Takuya Okamoto

Takuya is the current CEO of SVP Tokyo, the fifth largest affiliate in the SVP Network.   A Certified Public [...] Read More »

John Palter

John, attorney and a CPA, hails from SVP in Dallas and is its former board Chair. John is a advocate for collaboration. 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 »

Kevin Shaw

Kevin, SVPI Chair, Partner in Cleveland and Chairman of Fathom, a digital marketing firm. Read More »

Paul Shoemaker

Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of SVPI and was SVP Seattle's Executive Director for 17 years. Read More »

Paul Speer

Paul, during his "encore career", led the start up of one of the first Encore Fellows programs in the US - and is a Partner in Portland. Paul is treasurer for the board. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »