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Meet the Judges

Every year, SVP Fast Pitch innovators vie for $100,000 in cash prizes and pro-bono consulting to help increase their impact for social change. Finalists are awarded based on their level of societal impact, innovation, sustainability, leadership, presentation & clarity of concept. Meet the impressive panel of judges for this year’s SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown!

Ann Watson, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

Ann is the COO at Cascadia Capital, a Seattle-based investment bank that advises mid-sized companies on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising. Read More »

Cathi Hatch, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

Cathi Hatch is the Vice Chair of the Performing Arts Center Eastside Board and Capital Campaign Chair for Tateuchi Center, a performing arts center located in Bellevue opening in 2021. Read More »

Eric LeVine, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

An entrepreneur and small business owner, Eric has had a distinguished career as a leader at Microsoft, as founder/CEO of CellarTracker, and as a work-at-home dad. Read More »

Hamdi Abdulle, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

Hamdi is the Executive Director of the Somali Youth and Family Cub. Ms. Abdulle was born in Gakacyo, Somalia to parents who instilled in her a belief in justice and entrepreneurship. Read More »

Kenny Byrne, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

Kenny is a strategic executive specializing in early stage growth, strategy, software and turnarounds. He has more than 20 years of experience scaling early stage companies and technology. Read More »

Rich Stolz, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

Rich is the Executive Director of OneAmerica, Washington’s largest immigrant and refugee organizing, advocacy and civic engagement organization. Read More »

Rogelio Riojas, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

Since 1978, Mr. Riojas has served as President and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, a health and human services non-profit organization committed to providing comprehensive health, human and housing services to diverse communities, especially Latinos. Read More »

Sheila Edwards Lange, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

Dr. Edwards Lange has a wide range of experience in higher education administration and has been a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion throughout her career. She was named president of Seattle Central College in June of 2016. Read More »

Tonya Dressel, 2017 Final Showdown Judge

Tonya is the Executive Director of philanthropy at Ballmer Group, overseeing Steve and Connie Ballmer’s philanthropic and social impact investing as well as their civic engagement Read More »

Meet the Final Showdown Emcees


Jacob Colker, 2017 Final Showdown Emcee

Jacob is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Paul Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) where he leads the AI2 Startup Incubator — a collaboration between technologists, entrepreneurs, and 75 AI PhDs and researchers to launch AI startups and commercialize AI research. Read More »

Mona Lee Locke, 2017 Final Showdown Emcee

Mona Lee Locke is a seasoned leader and communications expert. She was previously a diplomat, journalist and First Lady of Washington State. She served as National Operations Director for Susan G. Komen, co-chaired the Governor’s Commission on Early Learning, and created the Foundation for Early Learning. Read More »