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Sofia Michelakis | Chair

Sofia Michelakis became SVPI’s Board Chair in January of 2018. A Northwest native, she has been connected to SVP for more than a decade. Sofia currently serves as a Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sofia leads a team dedicated to the Giving Pledge, an effort to invite the the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy and to create a new set of assumptions around wealth and giving that will come to be regarded as a norm.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in 2013, Sofia was Director of Philanthropy Development at Social Venture Partners Seattle for many years. Sofia also has experience working in community development and entrepreneurship through various roles within higher education and with local and international NGOs.

Sofia and her husband John have been SVP Seattle Partners since 2013, where Sofia has volunteered as a Lead Partner with an early childhood investee and participated in the Equity Matters cohort series. Sofia is a fair weather bike commuter, occasional hiker, frequent yoga practitioner, and avid reader.