SVP is thrilled to announce our new chief executive officer, Solynn McCurdy. Solynn is an accomplished local leader who has dedicated his career to building thriving communities.
His tenure initiates an exciting next phase for SVP. SVP is committed to a bold vision of a Puget Sound where everyone thrives regardless of income or race. Such a vision calls for a leader with a deep understanding of the local challenges to achieving change, plus the ability to link individuals and organizations to co-create thriving, sustainable and just communities. Solynn is that leader.
“Solynn is an authentic and inspiring communicator with a strong network in our community,” says SVP Board Member Norm Bontje. “I forsee Solynn pushing SVP Seattle to create new ways to amplify our impact, which is what SVP is all about.”
Solynn brings more than a decade of experience forging partnerships across sectors, activating the community and leading grantmaking programs to address our region’s most pressing issues.
This experience along with his passion for social impact are some of the reasons Shefali Ranganathan, executive director of SVP Investee Transportation Choices Coalition and a community advisor on the hiring team, is excited to work with him. “I am delighted that Solynn McCurdy will be SVP’s next CEO,” she says. “He impressed me with his thoughtfulness and commitment to the community. I am excited to see SVP grow and thrive under his leadership.”
As a senior leader at Premera Blue Cross, Solynn developed and launched the company’s corporate giving program to improve health equity in Alaska and Washington. His efforts engaged hundreds of employees in volunteer projects in partnership with Seattle Works and United Ways of King, Snohomish and Spokane Counties. His work also established new partnerships with a myriad of social service organizations and agencies, including Hopelink, NeighborCare Health, and Sound Mental Health to name a few.
“Solynn is a gifted communicator with a compelling vision for SVP’s future,” says SVP Board Member Katja Shaye. “He is a collaborative leader who is dedicated to bringing out the best in people.”
Prior to his time at Premera, he shaped engagement strategies at Seattle University, Washington STEM and Alliance for Education, cultivating relationships with community-based organizations, school districts and key stakeholders in the corporate, local government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. His efforts resulted in the organization of Seattle University’s Income Inequality Symposium, a partnership with the Seattle Mayor’s Office and over 550 local, regional and national leaders. His role designing and leading core curriculum for Leadership Tomorrow, including its annual race equity retreat, has likewise influenced hundreds of area leaders in the private, nonprofit and public sectors.
“Solynn’s wealth of experience and expertise cultivating changemakers, coupled with a deeply-rooted commitment to the Puget Sound region makes him an exciting new leader for SVP,” says SVP Board Chair Mike Cadigan.
“I am thrilled to welcome a leader who cares deeply about racial equity and social justice, and will help SVP align our strategies on building a more just community,” adds Director of Partner Engagement Rebecca Stephens.
Solynn was hired following a rigorous search and vetting process overseen by a team of SVP board members, staff and community leaders. The team was chaired by SVP Board Member Norm Bontje and the process managed by the firm Waldron. The staff and board are excited to have Solynn begin work at SVP Seattle Tuesday, Aug. 1 — a sentiment Solynn shares.
“I’m honored and privileged to lead a great team and network of individuals that are committed to social change,” says Solynn. “SVP and all of its partners have made significant inroads in helping to better lives, experiences and opportunities in our region. The fact that we’re evolving and adopting new ways of engagement is not just exciting, but essential in building the stability we need in every aspect of our community.”
Learn more about Solynn (including such vital details as his first dance move or favorite childhood book) in his bio.