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Sarah Cohen-Doherty, Community Impact Manager

As Community Impact Manager, Sarah intersects her knowledge of early childhood education and experience in project management. 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 [...] Read More »

Aleah Davis, Encore Fellows Program Manager

Ali joined the SVP team in January 2016 as the Encore Fellows Program Assistant as she was wrapping up her [...] Read More »

Phoebe Ebright, Director of Development

Phoebe joined the SVP team in June of 2017 to act as Director of Development. Her role at SVP is to work in tandem with our investors (individuals, corporations, and foundations) to build strong community partnerships that help to ensure sustainable funding for the many worthy initiatives that SVP supports. 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 »

Mark Holloway, Chief Executive Officer

Mark has served as SVP Portland's Executive Director since March 2007, working closely with the Board of Directors to drive our focused mission. 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. In this capacity, Lauren worked to facilitate collaboration between cross-sector partners... 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 [...] 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, Director

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... 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 [...] 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 »