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Mark Chapman, Controller

Mark joined the SVP team in November 2018 as our Controller. He has an extensive background in helping small businesses run efficiently, with a focus on financial planning and operations. Mark will help SVP Portland establish best-in-class accounting functions and ensure that our planning and reporting allow us to make prudent internal strategy decisions. Read More »

Sarah Cohen-Doherty, Community Impact Manager

As Community Impact Manager, Sarah intersects her knowledge of early childhood education and experience in project management. After earning a master's degree in teaching from Willamette University, Sarah gained firsthand experience in classroom and administrative settings. At SVP, Sarah is energized about addressing systemic issues in the field of early learning, with a lens on the impact of our work. Read More »

Darren Davidson, Vice President of Operations & Finance

Darren joined SVP in May of 2018 as Vice President of Operations & Finance with a strong background in business management, financial analysis, process development, and information technology. Darren has worked in a variety of industries, from financing to construction. Read More »

Aleah Davis, Business Development Manager

Ali joined the SVP team in January 2016 as the Encore Fellows Program Assistant as she was wrapping up her Master's of Public Administration degree at Portland State University. She is passionate about collaborative solutions and loves learning about innovative companies and nonprofit organizations. Read More »

Melinda Gross, Director of Equity and Engagement

Melinda joined the SVP team in August 2017 to coordinate and plan learning opportunities, as well as grow SVP's commitment to advance racial equity. She was drawn to SVP because she started out her career working with underserved kids and youth, and has experienced how the lack of understanding and opportunities can diminish future success. Read More »

Linda Hassan Anderson, Interim Executive Director

Linda is SVP Portland’s Interim Executive Director, serving closely with the Board of Directors to while the search process for a new ED is underway. A former SVP board member and special advisor, Linda has leveraged her long standing executive leadership career in early childhood to support the development of SVP’s “Preschool for All” initiative. Read More »

Lauren Johnson, Senior Vice President for Community Impact

Lauren joined the SVP team in February, 2012 to launch the Ready for Kindergarten Collaborative. Lauren later stepped into her current role as Director of Community Impact, providing strategic guidance and operational leadership for SVP’s capacity-building investments. Read More »

Debbie Shields, Preschool Success Project Program Coordinator

Debra Shields (Debbie) a retired Intel Manufacturing Engineer, who held a variety of positions over 33 years. She is an Oregon Native and loves to learn something new each day. Read More »


Terry St. Marie, President

Terry joined SVP in late 2014, inspired by its mission and driven by his strong belief in the power of a committed and energized group of individuals rallied around a great cause. He sees venture philanthropy as a powerful and impactful force of good for our community, our state, our country, and our planet. Read More »

John Branam, Director

John Branam is passionate about the transformative power of learning. He has a fervent commitment to improving outcomes for kids - especially students of color, and students from challenging backgrounds. John decided to join our Board because he was compelled by the Universal Preschool concept as a powerful equity strategy for our community. Read More »

Charlie Gilkey, Director

Charlie chose to join SVP Portland’s Board because he appreciates SVP’s preventative mission—addressing the root cause of the opportunity gap rather than the effects of that gap later in life. Read More »

Ken Harris, Treasurer

Ken Harris joined SVP Portland as a new board member in 2016 after first serving as an Encore Fellow in 2015. He is an attorney with extensive experience in venture capital, minority economic development, finance and accounting in various industries. Read More »

Paula Little, Director

Paula joins the SVP Board of Directors through her participation in SVP’s Rising Leaders for Social Change program. As the National Vice President of Development for Stand for Children, Paula comes to the board with more than 15 years of Development leadership and contemporary perspectives on nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Read More »

Kimberly Melton, Director

Kimberly Melton joins the SVP Board with experience in public policy for children and equity. As the Public Policy/Senior Policy Advisor to Multnomah County Chair Kafory’s office, Kim spends her days working on efforts including Early Learning Multnomah, the Portland Children’s Levy, and SUN Services. Read More »

Heather Paulson, Director

Heather Paulson has been a Partner with SVP since moving to Portland 8 years ago.  She continues to be inspired by the concept of venture philanthropy and is particularly excited about the new "Ready for Kindergarten" focus.  With this focus, she believes that SVP is well positioned to have an outsized impact on early childhood education in Multnomah County. Read More »

Linda Weston, Director

Linda comes to us after a long and successful tenure as the Executive Director of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network - a nonprofit that provides resources, mentoring, education and support to startups. Read More »