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Please feel free to send any Fast Pitch inquiries to: fastpitch@svpseattle.org. You can also meet the members of our Fast Pitch team below!

Deborah Drake

Deborah Drake is the Founder of Authentic Writing Provokes. She brings a collective set of talents from 25+ years in the inter-related fields of journalism, publishing, advertising, design communications, marketing and business development, professional development, and presentation training. Read More »

Jaimisa Gourley, Fast Pitch Program Manager

Jaimisa manages SVP's Fast Pitch program, which highlights and propels social innovation in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Jaimisa is a Seattle native, recently returning home after living in the Bay Area. She comes to SVP after spending the majority of her career working in the for-profit sector with a background in digital media and technology innovation. Read More »

Jeremy Zaretzky

Jeremy is an experienced entrepreneur, having served as co-founder and president of WireSpring for more than 15 years. He is passionate about the startup and venture capital ecosystem in Seattle. Read More »

Julie Pham

Julie Pham has served on the board of SVP Seattle since 2012. She also heads marketing for SVP Fast Pitch and chairs the SVP Outreach committee. She gave an Ignite style presentation entitled “Being Scrappy” at the 2012 SVP Annual Partners’ Meeting. Julie is the Vice President of Community Engagement and Marketing at Washington Technology Industry Association and a Commissioner for the City of Seattle’s Economic Development Commission. Read More »

Lisa Merrill

Lisa joined SVP in 1998 and has served on its Board of Directors, Early Childhood Development Grant Committee, and Outreach Committee. She currently co-chairs SVP’s Corporate Partnership Committee. Lisa also creates compelling visual stories for diverse clients, including travel and outdoor adventure companies, tourism organizations, families, and non-profits working to improve education and tackle other societal challenges. Read More »

Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara is an SVP partner and has volunteered with Fast Pitch since 2013. She is the owner of the management consulting company 44point5 Consulting. Read More »