With more than 3,200 Partners from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors.
In Seattle we have 500 Partners. They range from filmmakers to financial managers, from nonprofit leaders to corporate veterans, and from foundation executives to people just beginning to explore their giving potential.
If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet these folks.
Kevin Phaup volunteers his time and expertise to find technology solutions for resource-strapped nonprofits. Lisa Merrill and Lisa Bontje help nonprofits tell their story through compelling photography. Rogers Weed aligned business leaders behind green energy solutions. And the list goes on.
Every story is different, but each is fueled by a series of connections. That’s the beauty of the SVP network. You never know who will take your impact to the next level.
Check out some of our Partners’ stories below and meet a few friends of SVP as well.
It was 1994, and Paul Brainerd was out of a job. He had just sold his software company, Aldus Corporation to Adobe. PageMaker, the desktop publishing program his company created, had revolutionized printing and publishing – and left him an unexpected millionaire.
At 47, early retirement might have looked attractive to some, but Paul had other ideas.
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“My parents taught us that it didn’t matter how much we didn’t have,” says SVP San Antonio Partner, Priscilla Hill-Ardoin. “That our focus should be on what we did have, and there was always something to give.” That generosity helped to carry Priscilla through the hardest time in her life and to the discovery of her “can’t not do.”
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Up until five years ago, Tanya Anderson’s definition of ‘philanthropy’ was straight forward: to give money. It might have been her career in finance that had something to do with it. After working with the Finance Community of Practice, though, developing an assessment that greatly simplifies financial management for SVP Investees, she had a change of heart.
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“I wanted to do something that was really using my talents,” says SVP Partner Sandra Andrews. “And I literally raised my hand and said ‘is there a project I can be part of?’ And this one came up that was a really great fit.” Hear how Sandra and Team Read Executive Director Maureen Massey leveraged SVP to help tell Team Read’s story through the web.
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A few years ago, Summer Search was struggling with staff retention and they were concerned about the impact it was having on the students they serve. Mentorship is core to their program and turnover interrupted the relationships between students and staff, not to mention the general productivity loss associated with churn. They wanted to change this and reached out to SVP for help. Two years later, they are still reaping the benefits of a single volunteer project.
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“I just feel like we have the North Star we’ve been needing and we’re moving together in concert,” says Northwest SEED Executive Director Jennifer Grove. In this short video, Jennifer shares how SVP Partner Tim Schottman guided her organization through strategic planning, turning the overflowing number of opportunities at their fingertips into attainable goals.
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"She approached the problem like she was handling an Obama administration issue,” says Transportation Choices Coalition Executive Director, Shefali Ranganathan. “It was the same level of commitment.” Shefali is referring to SVP Partner, Racquel Russell who volunteered to help TCC hone their communications. Hear about their work together in this short video!
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David Bangs was all-in on the environment. His experience on SVP’s grant committee inspired more than a decade of giving and angel investing. Then in 2013, David joined the first cohort of SVP's Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellows to deepen his impact. What he discovered next surprised him.
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One of the fun parts of working at SVP is hearing about all the great stuff our Partners are doing out in the community. Here is just a sprinkling of news from five of our Partners, starting with Cikeithia Pugh who received a SOAR Community Achievement Award for her contributions to early childhood literacy!
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Okay, I’m totally dating myself (and subjecting you to bad puns), but I can’t help it. Whenever Lisa Bontje and Lisa Merrill are on a photo shoot, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam just pops into my head! And while SOME of you might debate the brilliance of 80’s gems like “Lost in Emotion” and “Head to Toe,” you simply cannot miss the vibrancy of the students captured by Lisa and Lisa in a photo shoot with College Access Now!
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“Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised,” says John O’Halloran. “But I was.”
John drove by Bailey Gatzert Elementary for decades. He worked for the Aldus Corporation, which had offices on the Seattle waterfront. His commute took him down Yesler Way, but in those days it was like driving in a tunnel – he was so focused on work.
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SVP Partner and Fast Pitch Seattle founder Will Poole was nominated as a 2013 Integral Fellow by the Microsoft Alumni Foundation. Named among the finalists, Will was honored for his work on Fast Pitch, leveraging the concept from its nonprofit origins in Los Angeles and adding two new innovations: a youth track and a “for-profit” track.
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After retiring from Microsoft, I wanted to combat abject poverty in the developing world but had not figured out how. In 2001, I listened to Muhammad Yunus announce the creation of the Grameen Technology Center. I was impressed by his resolve, his passion, and his approach of building social businesses focused on maximizing social impact.
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SVP Partners are a busy bunch! Over the last few months, eight current and former Partners were nominated for or received awards and recognition.
Will Poole, Ida Cole, Suzi LeVine, Peter Bladin, and Mary Pembroke were nominated for the Microsoft Alumni Foundation’s Integral Fellows awards -- two of whom are finalists!
Savitha Reddy Pathi and Deidre McCormack Martin were listed among the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and SVP Minnesota Partner, Jeff Tollefson was recognized as a White House Champion of Change!
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It's exciting and rewarding to see one of our SVP Partners recognized for the substantial impact they have in our communities. Jeff Tollefson, Executive Director of Genesys Works, was honored as a "Champion of Change" for his extraordinary work helping students break out of the poverty cycle.
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Mike Cadigan and his wife Kathy frequently gave to their church, but with three children and business to run, there was little time to volunteer, let alone figure out a strategic giving plan. Then about three years ago, Mike decided to step back from the day-to-day operations of his company and try something different.
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I can see it in Mery’s eyes. She’s hooked. There’s no going back now. The 11-year-old student from Arusha, Tanzania region has found a book she loves, and we’re both pretty sure it will shape her future. She read the World Atlas, one of hundreds of books she’s discovering on her Kindle.
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"If you see a gun, don't touch it, even to throw it in the garbage. Run and tell an adult in your house. It's their job to keep you safe."
Looking through my camera at the circle of rapt 4-year-olds at Denise Louie Education Center, I realized yet again how much we ask of our preschools.
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Thirty-six years ago, Storm owner Dawn Trudeau left Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with two suitcases and $200 to pursue an education she never received. She had a solid plan, except for one problem. She excelled at work. Read Dawn’s story in the Seattle Times and MORE Magazine.
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Nicole Trimble, SVP Partner and Director of Corporate Responsibility at Coinstar, Inc., was recently honored by the White House for being a "Champion of Change." This program was created in order to honor ordinary Americans who are doing great work in their communities
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After leaving Microsoft in 2000, I knew I wasn't ready to retire and I wanted to find meaningful work that gave me satisfaction. Given how fortunate I was for having worked at Microsoft, I was looking for the right opportunity that would allow me to give back to the community.
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In January 2005, my son William was born 10 weeks prematurely and suffered a pulmonary hemorrhage on day two of his life. He came home after two months having had two brain surgeries to implant a shunt to treat the brain condition he developed from his traumatic birth.
Hydrocephalus is an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain that can cause severe brain damage or death if not treated immediately. The shunt has the highest failure rate of any medically implanted device – 50% fail within the first two years. At nine months of age, William had a prolonged seizure and his first shunt failure. He nearly died coming out of surgery but was saved by the great staff at Seattle Children’s.
My wife and I set out to understand the treatments, outcomes and state of research for this horrific condition that lead to annual emergency brain surgeries for our son.
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Each year the Microsoft Alumni Foundation recognizes Microsoft alumni who dedicate their time, talent, and resources to help address local, national, or global challenges. Can you guess how many of this year’s nominees are connected to SVP?
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On March 10, 2009 Governor Chris Gregoire introduced Rogers Weed as the head of Washington State’s Department of Commerce. "I want Rogers to wake up every morning with a laser focus on keeping the companies and jobs we have, and bringing new jobs and companies to our state,” Gregoire said. From what we know of Rogers, he’s definitely up to the task.
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Imagine you are traveling through the hills outside of Oaxaca. Rugged mountain vistas, multicolored buildings peppering a hillside, ancient ruins under a bright blue sky. What would be on you mind? Banking options perhaps? If you’re Tricia McKay, that’s exactly what you’re thinking about.
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I never thought I would interview someone like Dawn Trudeau, or have so much fun chatting about basketball. Growing up I was much happier at the ballet barre than on the PE field, so when my friends invited me to go see the Seattle Storm, I was lukewarm at best. But I packed up my scraps of basketball knowledge (the ball goes through the hoop, right?), a book to pass the time if I got bored, and headed down to Key Arena.
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For the past decade, Kevin Phaup has dedicated his time and unique skills to local nonprofits. This year, Explorations in Math (EIM) nominated Kevin for a Jefferson Award for public service. Executive director, Stephanie Cherrington says it best in EIM’s nomination letter.
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That Monday was particularly frantic. School bags were still unpacked, we were running late, and we hadn’t yet nailed down that week’s lunch schedule. Scrambling eggs with one hand, I looked over the school’s menu, and asked Carolyn what she wanted to eat. No answer. I looked over my shoulder and saw tears in Carolyn’s eyes. “Don’t make me eat that food at school, Daddy.” Time out. I knew some things were bad, but THAT bad?
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I was surprised when, upon the invitation to write about the emotional rewards of volunteering, no one moment stood out in my mind. It made me ask myself, why do I volunteer?
The volunteer aspect was a big reason I joined SVP 10 years ago. I was a journalist then, so a natural fit for me was to write articles for the newsletter. I remember interviewing SVP partner Molly Hanlon about why she volunteers. I still think about her response: “It’s how I was raised. It’s just something you do. Sleep, eat, work, go to the gym, volunteer.”
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Meet some of SVP Seattle’s Partners!
Aaron is a CMBIgroup Partner and leads Value Creation services to business owners and investors. He is the CEO of Ross Retail Solutions, a lower middle-market retail interior fixture and construction firm headquartered in Seattle that is co-owned with the Cadigan family investment office. Read More »
Aiko has been in Seattle for 6 years. She’s a Deputy Director of Grants & Contracts Management at the Gates Foundation, where she leads the team responsible for the due diligence review of investments. One of the highlights for her is leading the Black Philanthropic Partnership and co-leading Gates Asians in Philanthropy – two employee resource groups at Gates. Read More »
Ajay has 20+ years of experience in healthcare business development in both clinical and commercial roles. Ajay was President of an imaging diagnostic service company where he coordinated its successful acquisition by a large hospital system in 2011. He also was the Executive Director for operations, growth and strategy at the largest independent ultrasound service company in the Northwest. Ajay likes running, playing tennis, and spending time with his family that includes 3 active sons. He also enjoys volunteering for charitable fundraising events. Read More »
Al Rainsberger is the Director of Health and Safety for Foss Maritime located in Seattle. He is responsible for developing and implementing corporate environmental and safety programs. Al joined Foss in 2006, coming from Seattle’s Todd Pacific Shipyards, a company he joined in 1979 and became Director of the Environmental/Safety department in 1990. Read More »
Alessandra is a strategy and operations consultant with a focus on working with mission-based organizations. She currently serves as the manager of Deloitte Consulting’s pro bono program and is also building other channels through which Deloitte staff can offer their talent and skills to nonprofit organizations. Read More »
Alex is the founder and a senior consultant at FiveBy, a Seattle-area based consulting and services firm. Founded in 2010, FiveBy’s twenty-five person strong team provides strategic program management, data management, analytics, and other services to Seattle and Bay Area software and technology companies. Read More »
Alexa Carver is a non-profit consultant in Seattle who specializes in strategic planning and board development consulting. She currently sits on three boards of education related non-profits. Alexa has her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Masters in Not-for-profit Leadership from Seattle University. Read More »
Alicia is a Director with Parker Remick, a boutique executive search consultancy. Alicia advises CEOs on senior leadership searches (VP, C-Suite and board level) across engineering and product functions, both for large multinational companies as well as across the portfolios of top venture capital firms.
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Arlene Levy is a long term Partner with Social Venture Partners, currently Co-chair of SVP’s Environmental Grant Committee, and past Lead Partner to Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. She is now serving on the Greenway Trust’s Board & has just been invited to join their Executive Committee. Arlene was part of the 1st Cohort for SVP’s Conservation Philanthropic Fellowship program & continues the projects she began at that time. Read More »
Austin joined SVP Seattle as a partner in 2010 after being blown away by the caliber of high-achieving, yet down-to-earth, philanthropists he met at a prospective partner event. His passions have found a great home within the SVP community: serving on the Out of School Time grant committee, attending a Collective Impact and SVPI conference, planning and speaking at a partner meeting, enlisting in various SVP Seattle board committees, volunteering with Equal Opportunity Schools, and connecting with fellow partners in SVP Seattle. Read More »
Ben Hansen is the Director and Founder of Mactus Group, which he started in early 2007. After six years in several marketing roles at Microsoft Corporation, Ben recognized an opportunity to serve in a new capacity. By providing top quality marketing talent and programs on a contract basis, he could help his colleagues meet their business needs more effectively. Read More »
Originally from El Paso, TX, Bernadette Merikle has tested various corners of the country that don't have hurricanes or earthquakes. A graduate of Cornell with a Bachelors degree in Science Communication with an Independent Focus on Cultural and Health Communication, Bernadette also completed her Masters of Education in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Read More »
Bill is a retired business executive who previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of several software and medical technology firms, including Personal Health Connections Inc., Lexant Inc., Phycom Corp., and SeaMED Corp. Earlier in his career he held research and executive positions at Honeywell, G. D. Searle, and Data I/O Corp. Read More »
Bob is a Seattle-based Partner at PwC and is their Pacific Northwest lead for PwC's Earn Your Future initiative. This program focuses on developing the financial literacy and skills of young people in our communities and has supplied over 4,000 service hours per year to the Pacific Northwest community over the past four years. He is also active in PwC's pro bono services program and has led finance and infrastructure improvement projects at non-profits in the Seattle community. Read More »
In 1989, Bob Clough was graduate student of Soviet Politics and conducting dissertation research in Moscow. While there, he was drawn to the technology sector and morphed into a software entrepreneur. Bob became the Founding General Manager of Microsoft Russia in 1992. In 1996, he moved to Munich Germany with his wife and two kids to manage Microsoft in Eastern Europe. Bob eventually returned to the U.S. to manage SMB sales, and then “retired” from Microsoft in 2005. Read More »
Bob Ness has a 35 year organizational and leadership development consulting practice including strategic planning, succession planning, leadership transitions and training, executive coaching, organizational culture design, innovation and creativity training, conflict management and negotiations and business development. He works in government, nonprofit, and corporate contexts. Read More »
Brad Brickman is returning to work on his core beliefs from a 40-year career in new ventures and startups. He believes a vibrant economy can only be sustained with equitable social systems and enterprise for people from all walks of life. Brad aspires to increase investment in education, good jobs, and social systems that create healthful outcomes for all communities but in particular for women, people of color, and those who have been historically marginalized. Read More »
Brad Harrison is an Impact Investing Strategist at Threshold Group and the Director of Strategy at Canopy. He focuses his investment research on opportunities within clean technology, sustainable forestry and agriculture, land and water conservation, and community responsive, place-based development. Read More »
Brandon is a Business Intelligence Analyst with Point B, Inc. an employee owned, management consulting firm headquartered in Seattle. Over the past 5 years, Brandon has helped organizations in the professional services, transportation, technology and healthcare industries with technology strategy and transformation, systems assessments and implementation, and impacted key business decisions through actionable analytics. Read More »
Brian Cadousteau is a corporate and securities lawyer at Stokes Lawrence, P.S. in Seattle, Washington. He represents emerging, high growth and startup companies in a wide range of transactions, including entity formation, angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate governance. He previously worked in the Seattle office of Deloitte Tax, LLP, where he consulted on a variety of tax and corporate issues and serviced clients in the SaaS, e-commerce, venture capital and private equity markets. Read More »
Brooke is a native Oregonian who has made Seattle her home for over a decade. Brooke and her husband Josh are parents to five-year-old Reed, and they joined SVP in 2014 to increase the impact of their volunteer time and philanthropic giving. She is currently co-chair of the SVP Education Collective Action Team. Read More »
Bruce Jones is currently active in several businesses part time, having left full time employment in 2003. Bruce began his career in programming and programming management in 1966. After ten years in data processing (as it was called at the time), he changed careers and joined Trick and Murray, the family office products and printing business in Seattle, eventually becoming its President and majority owner. He sold the business to Corporate Express (CE) in 1992 and developed the Seattle Division as its President until 1994, when he began commuting and working on corporate assignments for CE at its headquarters in Denver, CO. Read More »
Bu was born and raised in China. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Beijing University before coming to the U.S. to get advanced training. After graduating with a MS in Statistics and a PhD in Sociology, she did Social Science Research in educational settings for about 10 years, and for the past 9 has been an analyst/data scientist in corporate settings. Read More »
Seattle native, C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser is currently the Director of Programs at Technology Access Foundation. Prior to working in education, C’Ardiss worked at IDX Systems as a Software Engineer for a number of years. Her passion for education and equity lead her away from Corporate America and back to school to pursue her passions. Read More »
Carey joined the senior management team at Lease Crutcher Lewis in 2007 as Director of Marketing which includes brand management, business development, sales strategies, employee programs and support for various strategic initiatives. Lewis is a regional general contractor founded in 1886 and is known for building several landmark projects such as the Sea-Tac Airport, The Four Seasons Hotel, and the Garfield High School renovation. Read More »
Carla Fowler is the Founder and Managing Director of THAXA, a boutique consulting firm specializing in the science of human performance. The firm works with leaders who are pursuing ambitious goals in the business and non-profit sectors achieve greater success through brutal focus. Read More »
Carla Moreira Strickland is the Corporate Responsibility Specialist at JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Nonprofit Engagement (ONE),which is dedicated to supporting and engaging nonprofit organizations involved in advocacy, thought leadership and services related to low- to moderate-income communities, communities of color, and people with disabilities.
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Casey grew up in Hawaii but has been away long enough to officially call Seattle home, and Seattle feels even more like home since he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and his MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University (formerly the Bainbridge Graduate Institute). Read More »
Originally from the UK, Chris and his wife Debbie spent twelve years in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Seattle in 2004. Chris has a degree in Literature and Philosophy from Essex University in London, and has worked in the software industry for Oracle and Microsoft with a focus on running workplace Learning, computer based education, and e-Learning business units. Read More »
CiKeithia Pugh is the Early Literacy Program Manager at The Seattle Public Library. She is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the library’s early literacy programs and services. Her current projects include library sponsored Kaleidoscope play & learn groups, story time coordination, publications and materials, and community outreach. Read More »
Connie Mao is SVP member who is a current faculty member at the University of Washington in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is Director of the Harborview Women's Dysplasia Clinic and focuses her research efforts on prevention of cervical cancer with new screening methods and HPV vaccines. Read More »
Mr. Dixon’s career has intersected the private and public sectors; spanning law, government and political affairs, business creation, private and public finance and international affairs. He has led development of major innovations in community development and wellness. He presently serves as Chief Community Engagement Officer of Providence Health & Services, providing services in seven Western states. Read More »
Daniel Kranzler is a wireless and technology industry entrepreneur who for 35 years has managed, supported, and financed start–up high–tech companies in wireless and social media. He has also been a global speaker and advisor on wireless, technology, organizational development and management. Read More »
Dave is, by nature, a “builder”, with a passion for building and working with teams and people to help them achieve their goals and mission. His involvement in SVP is fueled by his own passion for equal opportunity for all and a belief in the power of individuals investing in their community. Read More »
Dave currently serves on Social Venture Partners' Board of Directors. Dave is active in SVP's commitment to bring equity into the organizational DNA of SVP and serves on the Diversity Cultural Competency and Equity committee. He is a member and past chair of SVP's Environmental Collective Action Team and has served on the Environmental Grant Committee and volunteered in the Fast Pitch competition. He is the Lead Partner for ECOSS - an SVP Investee. Read More »
As Worldreader’s CEO and Co-Founder, David is a lifelong reader who knows that books have the power to change lives, just as they have changed his. He has been at the forefront of technology for more than two decades, first as a general manager at Microsoft and later as Amazon.com’s Senior Vice President for Retail and Marketing, responsible for growing the company from $16 million to $4 billion in sales. Read More »
Dawn Trudeau spent over 20 years in the software industry in general management, product development, marketing, and business systems capacities. A former Microsoft Corporation executive she held a variety of leadership positions in her 14 year tenure, heading up divisions in Database and Development tools and Consumer Products. For the past 18 years she has helped emerging non-profits develop their capacity to deliver their programs with maximum effectiveness. Read More »
Debbie spent her career in IT project management with a focus on energy research, retail and marketing at MPSI, EPRI, and Gap Inc. She has also been very active as board member and treasurer at French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS). She served on SVP's K-12 grant committee in 2014/15 and subsequently became the Lead Partner for Community in Schools Seattle. Read More »
Motivated by a deep commitment to the transformation that happens in the lives of young people who are given new access to opportunity, Deidre has built her career around helping others. Her role in leading Summer Search Seattle is centered in the belief that everyone has something unique to offer the world, and our call is to help one another find it. Read More »
Diana Birkett Rakow leads community philanthropy, brand management, public affairs and marketing for Kaiser Permanente in Washington state. Jeff Rakow is Investment Director at Talon Private Capitol, a privately-held real estate investment firm based in Seattle with deep experience in acquisition, disposition and investment management across a broad range of property types in multiple U.S. markets. Read More »
Dirk is passionate about prisoner education. While incarcerated himself, through distance education, he graduated in the upper 1% of his class at Penn State, with degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership. Seeing that many others would walk a similar path, Dirk founded the Prison Scholar Fund (PSF) and from behind bars raised $60,000, enough funds to support 110 incarcerated students. Read More »
Elaine is a passionate, action-oriented individual who is energized by the idea of helping her surrounding community. After attending school on the east coast, she is thrilled to be back in Seattle. When she is not strategizing on how to better the world, you can find her exploring the Pacific Northwest with her puppy, Khloe. Read More »
Elliott is a financial advisor with Empirical Wealth Management working with clients to explore, craft, and execute investment, tax, and cash flow planning strategies to meet their goals. He is well-versed in analyzing opportunities to maximize and protect wealth. He is passionate about behavioral finance and helping clients learn how they can make better financial decisions to improve their lives. Read More »
Emily has worked in the non-profit sector for her entire career, in many different capacities. At different organizations she has acted as line staff, administrative staff, consultant, board member, volunteer, fundraiser, and funder. As a result she has seen how non-profits work (or don't!) from many different perspectives. Read More »
Eric spent many years in senior technology development roles at Expedia, prior to which he was a group program manager at Microsoft for various key products. Since leaving Expedia he has divided his time between MyFlightbook (an online logbook for pilots to track their flying), angel investing in the Cleantech sector, and philanthropy. Read More »
Eric and his wife Susan are excited to be joining SVP. Eric is a Seattle native and after a 30 year sojourn on the East Coast he and Susan will be splitting their time between Washington, DC and the Emerald City. Although trained originally in architecture, Eric has devoted most of his career to consulting in the energy and environment fields. Read More »
Eric Mattson is the CEO of The Finovate Group, a fast-growing conference company focused on innovation in financial technology. He is a proud graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Washington where he earned dual degrees in Business Administration and Mathematics thanks to scholarships from Washington State and Intel. Read More »
Erica is the President and Founder of Ash Consulting LLC, a small Finance and Accounting consulting firm that provides interim and project-based services to companies of all sizes throughout the Puget Sound. She has over 20 years of experience working with for-profits, non-profits and public companies in a variety of finance and accounting disciplines in a number of different industries. Read More »
Erin Okuno is the executive director of the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC), a coalition of community based organizations, schools, educators, community leaders, parents and caregivers, and concerned SE Seattle residents working to improve education for all children, especially those in SE Seattle and those farthest away from opportunities. Read More »
Since 1998 Fraser has been an active member of Social Venture Partners Seattle in the following areas: K-12 Grant Committee, Portfolio Grant Committee, Advocacy and Policy Committee, lead partner and project volunteer for Investees, and SVP Board of Directors where he was Chair for two years. Professionally, Fraser is a Managing Partner at Pioneer Square Properties, a real estate property management and development company. Read More »
Frosty and Leslie are both recently retired from IBM where they have worked in a variety of executive assignments including product development, information technology services, and strategic planning. They have led organizations across the US as well as international assignments and globally integrated teams. Read More »
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Gloris grew up in the Bronx, where she cultivated a passion for cross-sector collaboration and collective impact. Before moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance a few years ago, she worked at the Institute of International Education as a program officer for the Foreign Fulbright Department. Read More »
Gwen Straley envisions a world where all people own their financial futures, lead dignified lives free from poverty, and are increasingly motivated to contribute to society and the natural world. Guided by this, Gwen serves as an advisor at 3rd Creek Investments, Inc. and as Executive Director of 3rd Creek Foundation, an organization dedicated to global poverty alleviation.
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Hamdi Abdulle (photographed here in Mogadishu, Somalia) is the Executive Director for Somali Youth and Family SeaTac, and Skyway, and South Seattle WA. She is a happily married mother of five, and is also the fifth child among fifteen (10 girls and 5 boys) siblings from one mother. Read More »
Heather is VP, Operations and GC at Indix Corporation and serves on the board of Beneficial State Bank, the Greater Seattle Chamber (Vice Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Vice Chair, Chair Governance Committee) and Forterra and as a Fund Advisor to 9Mile Labs Fund. She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coaltion, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT, the advisory board of iInovate and as a mentor at Techstars. She is an investor in many early stage technology companies directly and in TechStars, 9 Mile Labs, Founders' Co-op, Pioneer Square Labs and Alliance of Angels as well as in several other funds outside of Seattl Read More »
Howard Behar's career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer oriented businesses covering several industries. He retired from Starbucks Coffee after 21 years where he led both the domestic business, as President of North America, and was the founding President of Starbucks International. Read More »
Ian Hudson is a Financial Advisor in Bernstein’s Seattle office. He advises high-net-worth individuals and families regarding investment strategies and, in conjunction with the Wealth Planning and Analysis Group, works closely with clients and their professional advisors on a wide range of investment matters, including tax and estate planning, concentrated stock positions and the sale of privately held businesses. Read More »
Ian and his wife Lisa are originally from the New York area but relocated to the Seattle area in 1995 and have since made it home. Ian served as the President and CEO of Market Leader for more than a decade, establishing the company as the leading provider of software-as-a-service solutions to the real estate industry. Read More »
Ivan is a Lecturer and Assistant Director at the University of Washington Foster School Of Business. In this role, he designs and leads management education programs for business entrepreneurs and graduate students. Prior to joining the Foster School, Ivan worked as both a consultant and a director for a variety of national organizations, including the U.S. Congress, IDEO, The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, College Summit, Harvard Business School, The Pahara-Aspen Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read More »
Jamie Zembruski is a Principal at Community Collaborative Group, LLC, a company she founded to provide community development consulting services to organizations investing in low-income neighborhoods. Jamie works with non-profit, for-profit and public sector clients to finance projects designed to revitalize communities throughout the United States. Read More »
Jane Harvey is an attorney and community advocate, who is energized by community-based efforts at the intersection of equity and the environment. At the Sightline Institute, Jane focuses on democracy reform and served on the policy and legal drafting teams for I-122, the Honest Elections Seattle Initiative. Read More »
Jean has been a member of SVP since 1999. Over the years, she has served on and chaired grant committees, been a member of the Portfolio Review Committee and served as a lead partner. Her more recent involvement in SVP has been as a participant in the Equity Matters series and in the SVP-Brainerd Conversation Fellowship. Read More »
Currently the Director of Customer Success at OpenMarket, Jeff has been involved in the technology industry for over twenty years. He has worked for both start-ups and multi-national organizations in consulting, business development and management roles. He enjoys building relationships and leveraging technology to solve problems. Read More »
Jeff Raikes is the former chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. During his more than five years there, Jeff set strategic priorities, oversaw significant growth of the organization, and facilitated relationships with key partners. In 2011 he was named the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Executive of the Year. Read More »
Jen is a seasoned strategy executive with experience across the retail, technology and private equity industries. She currently serves as Director of Strategy at Nordstrom, where she provides strategic thought leadership, insights, and collaborative partnership to executive merchandising and customer experience leaders. She is passionate about reducing family and youth homelessness in the Seattle area and eager to learn and contribute to our community through SVP. Read More »
Jeremy is an experienced Sales and Marketer having worked at technology companies over the past 15+ years ranging from startups to larger companies. For the past 10 years he has worked specifically within the telecommunications industry in a variety of Sales Management and Leadership positions. Read More »
Jeremy Taylor is a Certified Financial Planner and President of Mainspring Wealth Advisors, LLC. He co-leads Mainspring, a company focused on comprehensive financial planning and investment management for successful individuals, families and business owners. As an advisor, Jeremy specializes in working with clients in transition (retirement, divorce, or the loss of spouse/loved one) as well as high tech professionals. Read More »
Throughout her life and career, Jessie Woolley-Wilson has been driven by a singular belief that all children need and deserve high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of who they are or where they live. She believes that by supporting great teaching and learning, everyone wins: kids, families, communities and the world. Jessie has worked in the education technology space for nearly 20 years to support school and district leaders to improve learning and life outcomes for K-12 students. Read More »
After being involved in selling an electronic commerce business in Toronto, Jim moved to Seattle in 1999 to start a software company. He eventually stepped down from the CEO role, but is still on the board. Rethinking his purpose in life, Jim decided to focus on intergenerational opportunities where young people inspire and educate older people and vice versa. Read More »
Joanna and John live in Bellevue with their two school-age children. When not at work, they enjoy sports, outdoor adventures, family time, and learning new things. Joanna is a longtime Starbucks employee who currently leads an analytics team within the global strategy organization. John is currently the Chief Risk Officer at BECU. Read More »
JoAnne is an event marketing professional who is continually on the lookout for ways to build more effective, productive, and healthy organizations. She is committed to making a difference in her community, and finds that open eyes and a 'willing to help' attitude are some of the most powerful contributions an individual can make to an organization. Read More »
John and Barb are delighted to return to SVP after a hiatus of a few years. They are eager to give back to the community that has been so supportive to them. John (left) is an entrepreneur with experience in the software industry. He is an avid skier, studies guitar and languages and is currently improving from terrible to just plain bad. Read More »
John Baughn resides in North Seattle and has been involved in several civic and volunteer roles since retiring in 2004 after a 24 year career at Accenture. As a partner there, John had various leadership roles in the consulting and outsourcing practices. Much of his career was spent developing and implementing large enterprise software systems and business capabilities for Fortune 500 clients, primarily in the Communications industry. Read More »
John recently moved to Seattle after a 25-year career as an Investment Banker in New York, Hong Kong, and Chicago. John’s most recent role was as a senior banker raising capital for US companies in the Healthcare, Consumer Products, and Retail industries. Outside of his professional pursuits, John has been active in arts and environmental organizations. Read More »
Before turning 21, Jon opened two sub sandwich franchises. After selling to a customer, he launched a video production company that focused on the communication needs of nonprofits and schools. In 1999, Jon was fortunate to be contracted to do a promotional video for Children's Therapy Center - a nonprofit that provides physical, occupation and speech therapy for children with a wide range of developmental delays and disabilities. Upon completion of the video, Jon didn't want to leave, so he applied for their open CEO position. Read More »
Jon Bridge is Co-Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel for Ben Bridge Jeweler, Inc., a Seattle based retail firm with over 80 stores in 11 states and the province of British Columbia. A Seattle native, he’s a graduate of Garfield High School. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Honors Degree in Economics from the University of Washington in 1972 and earned his Juris Doctor from the UW Law School in 1976. Read More »
Joneil is passionate about uplifting underserved students, and excited to continue exploring collective impact solutions in education through SVP's work. Sinae strengthens the diverse community she loves. As the Artistic Director for Morning Star Cultural Center, she teaches young people the importance of character development through dance, music, and performance. Read More »
Jordan is the Northwest Regional Director of Kids4Peace International, a non-profit organization with a mission of building interfaith communities that embody a culture of peace and empower a movement for change. K4P brings together Muslim, Jewish, and Christian youth in the Jerusalem area and North America for summer camps and year-round programs that focus on interfaith dialogue, cultural exchange, leadership development, and practices of nonviolent social change. Read More »
Julia has been in Seattle for 3 years and currently works as a Brand Specialist for Amazon Fashion in the Shoes division, where she is responsible for inventory and assortment forecasting, planning and buying, in addition to building comprehensive brand destinations within Amazon. Read More »
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 »
Karen Conover is an engineer, an entrepreneur, an activist and a mother. Her interest in renewable energy was sparked in the 4th grade when she attended a science fair with her father. Since that time, all her education and career choices were focused on working to change the way we extract and consume energy. Read More »
About a year after meeting at a roller derby bout in Madison, Wisconsin, Karen and Willow packed up their cat and rabbit and drove across the country to settle in Seattle. They were drawn to family connections, the ocean, mountains, and mellower seasons. Four years later, they couldn’t be happier. Read More »
Kate Camber teaches literacy to students of all ages. She also mentors new literacy teachers. In the 2000’s, she returned to school and got her Masters in Social Justice and Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest. She has been learning from her students for 13 years. Read More »
Jeremy is a second-generation member of SVP, having been raised in Minnesota by Minneapolis SVP Members Steve and Jane VanTassel. He participated in the SVP teens program there in high school, and found a real appreciation for the organization's impact on investee organizations, even at a smaller scale. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2013 with a BA in Comparative Politics and a Minor in Chinese. Kat is originally from San Francisco, and graduated from UPS in 2014, where she earned a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and minored in Spanish. She now works as a Technical Recruiter for a technical consulting company in Bellevue. Read More »
Katharine (Trina) Wellman is an environmental economist and marine policy specialist in Seattle. Katharine currently works for Northern Economics Inc. based out of Anchorage Alaska and serves on the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel and the SeaDoc Society Science Advisory Board. Read More »
Kathleen Hebert left her position of Vice President at Microsoft in 2003 to devote her efforts to philanthropic goals. From 2003 to 2013, she contributed to Early Learning initiatives in Washington state and nationally. She was on the board of Talaris Institute for Early Learning as well as a member of Washington State’s Early Learning Action Alliance (ELAA). She worked in various roles as a partner of Social Venture Partners, including serving on grant committees, as a member of the Advocacy and Policy Committee, and as the Lead Partner for Child Care Resources. Since 2014, she has devoted her efforts to environmental issues, serving as a Trustee at The Nature Conservancy and as a 2015 Northwest Conservation Fellow focusing on sustainable cities. Read More »
Kathy O'Driscoll directs PATH's global human resource functions. As PATH continues to grow, her key focus is to implement an organization-wide HR strategy to align management practices and staff development with PATH's core mission and values. Her leadership responsibilities encompass organizational planning and policy, employee relations, employment and compensation, performance management, learning and development, and diversity initiatives. Read More »
Katie Heinrich and Jim Masson joined SVP in 2015. Katie’s background is in nonprofits: past roles include Executive Director of the West Seattle Food Bank and Program & Operations Officer at Medina Foundation. Current roles include contract work for groups like Philanthropy Northwest and Mission Investors Exchange, and chief wrangler of their two young sons. Katie holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and a MBA from University of Washington. Katie is currently part of the EduCAT at SVP. Read More »
Katja Shaye joined SVP in 2008 and has served as Lead Partner for SVP investee Team Read since 2013. She sees literacy and English language proficiency as keys to closing opportunity gaps for kids from low-income and refugee families. Ever since Katja taught English at a refugee camp in Thailand in the 90s, she has been committed to supporting refugee resettlement in the US. Read More »
As CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, Kiran Ahuja brings more than two decades of public service and nonprofit sector leadership experience, including senior positions in the Obama administration, to a six-state network of foundations and corporate giving programs in the Northwest.
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Krischanna Roberson is the Supervisor of Equity for the Bellevue, WA School District where she works on systemic racial equity transformation for adults and students. Prior to this position she served as the first Black woman elected to the Bellevue School Board, while working as a Director and Adjunct Faculty for Bellevue College. Read More »
Lacie West is the Director of Development & Communications for College Access Now. She leads all aspects of their marketing and fundraising efforts, including primary support for the Executive Director and Board of Directors in their major gifts efforts. Lacie also provides strategic leadership, planning, analysis, and recommendations as a key member of the organization’s Leadership Team. Read More »
Blair and Laura Dillaway joined SVP in 2017 in order to expand, and improve the impact of their philanthropic activities. They have lived in the Seattle area for over 30 years. Since the mid-2000s they have become increasingly involved with local arts and social services organizations. At present, Laura serves on the Board of the Bellevue Arts Museum and has been a docent there since 2004. Blair currently serves on the Board of Hopelink and does volunteer work for them as well as for the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Major Taylor Project serving disadvantaged youth. Read More »
Lavinia H. Touchton, a native of Tampa, FL, moved to Seattle in 1995. She holds a Bachelors degree in English from the University of Virginia and a Master's of Liberal Arts degree in Psychology from Harvard University and is currently working on a graduate Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Read More »
Lenore Hanisch is Quixote Foundation’s Senior Director of Engagement and Partnerships and also a member of the board. Lenore brings efficiency, heart and a keen eye for equity to family philanthropy. She mixes interest areas, advocates and donors into one catalytic cocktail and believes in the productive power of sharing food, conversation and laughter. Read More »
Lilliane is the Director of Development and Capacity Building at the Latino Community Fund of Washington State, supporting Latino-led organizations throughout Washington State through leadership development, civic engagement, and access to health care resources. She also serves on the board of Mari’s Place, an arts organization in Snohomish County and is a Next Generation Leadership Fellow through Hispanics in Philanthropy. Read More »
Linda joined SVP in Fall 2010 looking for opportunities to meet others who’re passionate about making a difference in our community and to collaborate with them. Since then she has learned a lot about the local philanthropy landscape and enjoyed working with other partners on a variety of groups, committees and task forces, including the K-12 (formerly Out of School Time) Grant Committee, Portfolio Grant Committee, and Diversity Cultural Competence and Equity Committee. Read More »
Linda is a consultant specializing in education and workforce issues. Clients have included the Aspen Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Center on Reinventing Public Education. She helped launched the Amazon Books chain, spent a decade as a journalist at the Washington Post, wrote the books Not Much Just Chillin' and Tested, and serves on the board of Friends of the Children. John has been a software engineer for 30 years. After four decades in Maryland, he moved to Seattle with his wife and son in 2010 to work in online advertising for Amazon. Read More »
Linda is an intellectual property attorney with over 15 years of experience working with Seattle and Silicon Valley area start-ups and larger technology companies. She currently is General Counsel at Twistle, Inc., a digital medical startup company. Prior to working at Twistle, Linda was Of Counsel at Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt and Blakely Sokoloff Taylor and Zafman, a Bay Area IP boutique law firm. Linda holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Read More »
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 »
Lisa T. Murphy is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. She has spent her 23-year legal career supporting the legal needs of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. In her current role, Lisa provides strategic counsel to her business clients, helping them innovate and adapt to achieve Cambia’s mission to transform the healthcare industry by creating a consumer-focused, economically sustainable health care system – all while staying within the confines of the law. Read More »
Lisa joined SVP to learn more about Seattle nonprofits, and to connect and give back in a meaningful way. Lisa has significant product, marketing and strategic business development experience. She has worked as a marketing consultant for the past seven years, and previously managed product and marketing teams at American Express, Microsoft and Washington Mutual. Read More »
Liz's early career involved teaching, admissions, and development in various independent schools in New England and California. She then served for 10 years as the Managing Director and senior staff person of the Tauck Family Foundation, a private foundation based in Norwalk, CT, that invests in the development of essential life skills among low-income, elementary school children in Bridgeport CT. Read More »
David is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Amazon.com, overseeing the company’s legal, compliance, and regulatory affairs. David is also a Trustee of the King County Bar Foundation, a Director of the Alliance for Education, and a Director of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association. In years past, he has served on the non-profit boards of Seattle JazzEd, Washington Appleseed, Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers, and The Sharehouse. Read More »
Manny is a partner and CTO and Level 11, an innovative consulting/product development company working on cool projects that repeatedly foil his plans for retirement. Manny graduated from Princeton University then worked for HP in California before relocating to Seattle to work for Microsoft during ‘the good years’. He has two children, both graduates of Social Venture Kids. Read More »
Maria Langworthy works at the intersection of the technology industry and education systems. She is currently a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation working with the K-12 education team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Maria served as Chief Research Officer to Michael Fullan.In 2009, Maria initiated the Innovative Teaching and Learning Research project, an eight country study investigating innovative teaching and students’ development of socio-emotional and meta-cognitive competencies. Read More »
What best describes me is a teacher/art educator/traveler/and volunteer. I taught in Chicago for 20 years before settling in Seattle where I taught art at Hawthorne Elementary in Rainier Valley. I always enjoyed showing of my students’ work from museums and galleries to off-the-leach dog parks and Alki Beach. Read More »
Martyn Thrussell was born and raised outside of London and moved to the US as a young adult. Since that time he’s worked in a variety of creative positions including long stints in the movie and TV industry. A position creating sets on the TV show Northern Exposure brought him to the Northwest and he’s since worked on dozens of movies filmed in the Seattle area and throughout the west. Read More »
Mary and Terry have lived in Seattle since they were at UW. Go Dawgs! Mary serves as VP of Consumer Innovation for Providence Health & Services, focusing on defining and growing new health related businesses. Terry works in IT Consulting & Financial Management, and volunteers as a soccer coach and home builder for Habitat for Humanity. Read More »
Mary Lynne Poole aims to give back to her community by providing technical and artistic services that otherwise could not be afforded. As a Database Specialist, Mary Lynne has been sole proprietor of MLP Consulting since 1983. She is also an artist and has made five large public art pieces in reception spaces of non-profits. Read More »
Matt became an SVP Partner in 2002 in an effort to find a more highly leveraged channel for his community work and has had the opportunity to be involved in many facets of the organization over time. He's currently working with the People Effectiveness community of practice and hopes that many of you will consider joining in this group's work! Read More »
Matt Stemple is passionate about building environmentally sustainable communities that allow humans and nature to thrive together. Matt has significant experience working in the field of urban forestry and through his work seeks to create healthy, sustainable, and accessible urban forests. When not climbing a tree or working in his woodshop, Matt can be found hiking, climbing the nearest mountain, riding his bicycle, or planning his next adventure. Matt currently lives in Seattle, WA. Read More »
Maureen Massey is the Executive Director of Team Read, and has been with the organization since 2000. One of her favorite parts of the job is working with the dedicated, caring teenagers who serve as Team Read tutors. They care passionately about having a positive impact on their community and the lives of their students. Read More »
Josh and Meg met in Colorado just as they were finishing their undergraduate degrees. Meg was raised in Denver and a few years after university, decided it was time for a new adventure in a new city. After visiting Seattle once on a rainy and cold November weekend, Meg fell in love with the Northwest and with Josh’s resounding support, she moved to Seattle in the Spring of 2010.
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Megan Johnston is the Executive Director of the Stryker Johnston Foundation. Megan currently leads the Foundation’s efforts to change the cycle of generational poverty. In this role, she calls upon her experience in the public service sector, where she has spent over a decade focusing on youth development, poverty alleviation, and collaborative governance. Megan is also a certified yoga instructor, and in her free time you can find her practicing and sharing yoga with others, enjoying the outdoors, reading, connecting with family and friends, and traveling to and exploring new places. Megan currently lives in Seattle, WA. Read More »
Megan Trainer is energized by engaging others in philanthropy and service and is working to "speak up" and be more of an advocate in encouraging people to take action on issues that matter to them. She is most passionate about SVP's efforts to unite organizations through collective action. In Philadelphia, she served on the board of Urban Roots, an organization that created a unique public/private partnership model with city government, private foundations, and community development corporations that aimed to revitalize green public spaces in low income neighborhoods. Read More »
Melinda and Evan Loeffler joined SVP to give back to local nonprofits in ways that support long term success and to engage more fully with their community. Melinda manages and directs video production projects for nonprofit clients at Hand Crank Films. She recently co-created fundraising videos for SVP investees Zeno and Open Arms. Melinda also handles the marketing and communications for the Loeffler Law Group PLLC. Evan is the principal attorney for the Loeffler Law Group PLLC, a real estate firm emphasizing residential and commercial landlord-tenant relations. Evan regularly writes and teaches on the subjects of ethics and landlord-tenant law. Evan earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane. Read More »
Michael is the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for the Seattle Teacher Residency, a graduate-level teacher preparation program focused on developing a diverse pipeline of teachers specifically for Seattle Public Schools. He oversees admissions, recruitment, alumni relations, and community partnerships. Read More »
Michael joined SVP in the early 2000’s and as a Seattle native is focused on improving the lives of those in our community. Professionally he serves as a management consultant in Organizational Effectiveness and Human Resources for Point B in Seattle, and has over 20 years experience leading business and technology related engagements. Read More »
Michael currently serves as the CEO for Washington Technology Industry Association, the unifying voice for the tech community in Washington. He’s spent many years as a senior executive in different technology business segments including Online Education, Casual Gaming and Social Networking. Read More »
Michelle Van Sant Chamberlain joined SVP Seattle in 2017 to engage more meaningfully with local community non-profits and others looking to do the same. Michelle is from South Pasadena, California and went to undergrad at UC Santa Barbara. After a brief two years working as a Public Affairs Coordinator for the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, she moved to Seattle in 1992. She received her master’s in Organizational Psychology and went on to work at Boeing and Washington Mutual before finally returning to the non-profit sector as the Global Leadership Development Manager for SightLife. Michelle is now a Sr. Development Associate at SVP International. Michelle lives in Ballard with her two teenaged kids. Read More »
Michelle worked in finance for over 20 years in New York, Hong Kong and Zurich. She has extensive experience in structuring secured finance transactions in single or cross currencies. During her tenure in finance, Michelle also worked in the office of the CAO for the division responsible for managing consumer finance companies. Read More »
Mike Cadigan is a principal and co-founder of the CMBIgroup, a private firm that invests in middle-market operating companies located in the Pacific Northwest. CMBIgroup also provides management services to portfolio companies as well as other middle-market companies. Prior to forming the CMBIgroup in 1994, Mike was an Asset Manager for Colony Capital where he performed acquisition, disposition, and restructuring activities. Read More »
Natalie has over 20 years of experience in wealth management and financial services. In her role at The CAPROCK Group, she serves as an outsourced CFO/CIO to a select group of families, providing deep domain expertise and conflict-free advice on investment management, impact investing, and trust and estate planning. In addition to her professional endeavors, Natalie has enjoyed serving as a Trustee of Childhaven and member of the finance committee for the past six years. Read More »
Nathan Young is a digital marketing expert with a strong advertising background and a sharp hairline. As the founder and Principal at Tencount, a boutique digital strategy agency, Nathan leads a multi-disciplinary team to develop strategies, build out campaigns and drive lead generation for mid-market & enterprise B2B tech companies. Read More »
Nicole is a Founder of Cambia Grove and its Executive Director. She brings strategic real-world experience from successfully leading change for health care delivery systems and health plans that have proven invaluable to Cambia Grove partners and participants. When not working her (mostly) day job, Nicole enjoys a few favorite outdoor activities with her two kids, like hiking, snowboarding, and camping. Quieter moments include reading novels and checking out independent music and films. One day Nicole’s goal is to slow down enough to realize her dream of living abroad – or in Ojai – but for now, she’d love to relax with a soak in an Icelandic hot pot. Read More »
Nikesh & Swati Parekh are East Coast transplants to Seattle, but have now lived in the Puget Sound region for more than 14 years. Nikesh was most recently VP of New Ventures at the real estate company Trulia and Swati is a pharmacist working with Walgreens on Mercer Island, Bellevue and Kirkland. Nikesh & Swati are passionate about education, college and career readiness. Read More »
Nimco joins OneAmerica with extensive experience working with community-based organizations and coalitions that work to strengthen the voices of disenfranchised communities to promote a more just society. Nimco is passionate about closing the achievement gap in education, empowering refugee and immigrant communities, and breaking down the systemic barriers to opportunity. Moreover, Nimco is committed to working to address the root causes of injustice, building power, and creating equitable change in her community. Read More »
Norm and his wife Lisa joined SVP over twelve years ago to explore and enhance their philanthropic interests and ideas through SVP's unique model. Norm served on and chaired Early Childhood Grant Committees, serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors, and contributes to SVP's Social Innovation Fast Pitch for-profit investment process. He also serves on the Board of SVP Investee, College Access Now and The Valley School. Read More »
Paul was born and raised in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island until he left for higher education and the military. He got married and raised a family in Paso Robles, California while working in the non Bell telecommunication world. Paul and his family moved back to Seattle, where he continued his career in Copper and Fiber Optic Infrastructure. Read More »
Paul has been building a portfolio of nonprofit and corporate board positions, serving as a volunteer for select community organizations and providing consulting services for growing organizations. He recently stepped down from his positions of President & CEO, CFO and Board Director of Door to Door Storage, Inc., a nationwide provider of containerized self-storage and self-moving services. Read More »
If you’re out to change the world, Paul Shoemaker is there to connect you to the people, ideas, and organizations that matter. Paul is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International (SVPI) and was the Executive Connector of SVP Seattle for 17 years. With insights from this unique vantage point, he is the Northwest’s leading expert on activating social change agents and a global thought leader on how individuals can be the most effective philanthropists. Read More »
Paul is a semi-retired physician and Bev is a retired physician assistant. Paul served on the faculty of the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for 10 years. He then spent the next two decades at Virginia Mason, mostly taking care of folks with cancer, but also doing a lot of clinical research. Read More »
Peter Kelly recently left a job as an assistant professor of economics at Renmin University of China, specializing in sustainable rural development, to start an international nonprofit organization in Seattle. The mission is to promote agricultural innovation in developing countries through public engagement, developing (for example) more productive nutritious tropical crops and better ways for smallholder farmers to adapt to climate change. Read More »
Peter moved to Seattle with his wife Lisa in 2014 to join Nitze-Stagen & Co., a real estate investment and management firm co-founded by his father. Nitze-Stagen’s vision, which Peter fully embraces, is to build vibrant, sustainable communities in the greater Seattle area by improving the physical condition of properties and reimagining how they interact with the surrounding community. Read More »
Prady is a former executive of Microsoft Corporation where he spent 15 years in roles ranging from engineering to executive management. He was deeply involved with various versions of Windows in areas of networking, distributed systems, security, and public key cryptography. Read More »
Priya joins SVP with nearly twenty years of non-profit experience. She is passionate about capacity building by implementing research-based best practices. Her primary focus is providing high quality education for all students. Priya looks forward to bringing her analytical lens and community engagement experience to the engaged philanthropic model at SVP. Read More »
Racquel Russell is the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration, and knowledge around the place they call home. In her current capacity, Racquel creates key public-private partnerships with government and NGOs at the local, regional and national level. Read More »
With a personal commitment to equity in education that traces back to seeing his best friend not receive the same quality of education, even though he was just across the hall at the same school, Reid founded Equal Opportunity Schools to help schools develop systems to close achievement gaps and provide all students an equal opportunity to achieve their education goals. Read More »
Renee Russak is a community volunteer and a former SVP Seattle partner (1997-2006); happy to be rejoining SVP in pursuit of greater collective impact for lasting social good. In addition to a long-time commitment to community service, Renee worked for nearly 20 years in publishing and as an internet services development executive; most recently at Microsoft and Expedia. Read More »
Rich & Kathy Gary moved to Seattle two years ago after working in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. Rich served as chair of his former law firm, Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, an AmLaw 100 firm, for more than a decade before retiring from law practice in 2003. Kathy is a retired pharmaceutical company executive, and is currently a member of the Washington Women’s Foundation, where she serves on the healthcare grant-making committee. Read More »
Rob has served in the financial service industry for over 7 years. In his current role at Threshold Group, Rob assists clients and service teams with investment advisory, financial planning, asset allocation and other wealth management & foundation services. Rob services a wide variety of client types including individuals, families, foundations and social enterprises. At Threshold Group, Rob implements a goals based methodology. In partnership & collaboration with his clients he first defines successful outcomes and then blends traditional finance, behavioral finance and often times impact investing together. Read More »
Ron is a retired Partner and former Advisor Director for Goldman, Sachs & Co. He was also a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers and Deutsche Bank. During his 20 years in banking he managed a variety of fixed income sales and trading businesses in London, New York and Tokyo. Read More »
Rona Pryor is the Acting Director of Social Venture Partners International, where she's worked since 2003. A Northwest native, she has worked for a local theatre company, a concert promoter, and a magazine. Some of Rona's more dubious accomplishments include winning the Cowboy Peeps’ Invitational Annual Ranch Hands' Rodeo and dancing onstage at the Gorge Amphitheater in front of a crowd of 20,000 - dressed as a tomato. Read More »
Ryan has a great number of interests and talents, but his passion has always been improving the lives of children with special needs. As a teenager, Ryan volunteered as an aid for an early childhood education program in Boise, Idaho that served at risk and behaviorally challenged pre-school kids. Read More »
Salil and Nicole are excited to join SVP Seattle’s global network of partners and work together to strengthen our communities. Salil Gupte is vice president and chief risk officer of Boeing Capital Corporation, responsible for arranging, structuring and providing financing for Boeing’s commercial airplane, space and defense products; he serves on BCC’s investment and disclosure committees and chairs the risk management committee. Nicole Neroulias Gupte began her career as a journalist, specializing in breaking news, immigration and religion, before transitioning to the nonprofit sector. As communications director for Days for Girls, she oversees marketing and outreach for a global organization mobilizing women and girls through education, social enterprises and menstrual health solutions. Read More »
Sam McVeety is a software engineer at Google's Fremont office. He is currently one of the technical leads on Cloud Dataflow, a platform that aims to democratize the field of large-scale data processing in a way that lowers barriers to access and advances numerous fields of study. Read More »
Sandra is a customer focused, results oriented, collaborative leader with entrepreneurial spirit. Nearly 20 years in the technology industry, Sandra has experience in business development, product management, customer experience, sales, visual merchandising and marketing. She is known for her ability to get stuff done, driving programs, products and opportunities from vision to launch to execution. Read More »
As VP of Cooperative Affairs for BECU, Sara leads the group charged with protecting and enhancing BECU’s reputation. Her focus is on building engagement with employees, members, media, non-profits and community partners. Sara also serves on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity SKC, and she manages a small, specialty consulting practice, Alchemy Communications, focused on leadership development and change management for US and UK businesses. Read More »
Sean found his way to Seattle after the distinct opportunity to determine that it is the best place to live, provided by a childhood of moving around in the Navy and experiencing the different corners of the USA and the world. He loves Seattle for its unique offering of the great outdoors, culture, and people, which allow him to get his fix of skiing, road biking, climbing, and home-brewing, and further, to be part of communities that enjoy the same things. Read More »
Shane loves analyzing data in a multidisciplinary way to help organizations sustainably fulfill their missions. He has spent most of his career in finance at Microsoft across a wide variety of products and experiences: Windows, Office, Surface, enterprise and consumer software and hardware, financial controllership, audit, digital marketing analytics, marketing communications, advertising, and retail. Read More »
Shay Klevay is a management consultant with a boutique strategy firm focused on global Fortune 200 clients, Galt & Company, where she leads teams to develop value-maximizing participation strategies, develop plans, and allocate resources to implement them. Prior to Galt, she has experience in organizational behavior, data analytics, performance improvement, and in financial services at Gallup Consulting and JPMorgan Chase. Read More »
Sheri is the new Executive Director for College Access Now, one of SVP's Investees. She was an early pioneer in the college access and success field. With more than 20 years of experience in education, the nonprofit sector and national philanthropy, Sheri brings tremendous knowledge and expertise to her new role. Read More »
Sherry Richardson has long experience as a volunteer leader, having served as a Site Council Member for the Issaquah School District Alternative School Executive Committee; a PTA Legislative Representative on school levy campaigns; a Community Advisory Board member for Friends of Youth; and as a member of the Education, Development and Capital Campaign committees of the Open Window School. Read More »
Northwest natives, Sofia Michelakis and John Ciochon have been partners since 2013. Sofia works on the Philanthropic Partnerships Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which works to encourage more informed, intentional giving in the United States and internationally. Read More »
Solynn is currently the Senior Manager of Community Relations for Premera Blue Cross – the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest. In this role, he provides leadership and direction for the company’s corporate social responsibility programs. Previously, he served as Director of External Affairs at Seattle University. Solynn has also worked in various management capacities in the private and nonprofit sectors. He has designed and implemented strategies in youth development, community engagement, and education advocacy with organizations such as Washington STEM, Alliance for Education, the Pacific Institute, College Success Foundation, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Read More »
Stefan is passionate about creating an exciting and bright future. He currently works as a Business Development and Strategy Analyst at Blue Origin, an aerospace company that is developing the future of reusable spaceflight technology. He is excited to nurture new markets in the space economy such as space tourism, habitation, and in-space manufacturing. Read More »
After growing up in Hawaii and graduating from Harvard, Stephanie now works as a strategy and M&A manager at Microsoft. Her projects range from guiding decisions about new product development to helping management formulate high level growth strategies. Stephanie has also traveled to over 30 countries and lived in five. Read More »
Steve and Sandy have a lifelong commitment to participating fully in their communities. They have both served on a wide range of community boards including Seattle Symphony, United Way, YMCA, Children's Commission of Pierce County, White House Fellows Association, and Consumers Union. Sandy and Steve volunteer time and resources to human services, educational and arts organizations. Read More »
Steve Bush has a proven track record for running entrepreneurial engineering teams that can solve complex engineering and business challenges in the online and consumer space. Steve worked for Microsoft for 10 years, leaving in 2000 to work on technology startups. In 2002, he co-founded a venture-backed home networking software startup called Pure Networks which was eventually acquired by Cisco Systems in 2008. Read More »
Steve Singh has served as Concur's Chief Executive Officer since 1996 and was named to the SAP Global Managing Board in January 2015. Mr. Singh leads the SAP Business Network, which brings together the teams from Ariba, Fieldglass and Concur. He currently serves on the boards of directors for CornerStone OnDemand, Cleartrip, Buuteeq and ModuMetal. Read More »
Susan is an environmental statistician studying Arctic and climate issues. Susan received both her PhD (2008) and MS (1997) in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management from the University of Washington and her undergraduate degree in Biology (1994) from Harvey Mudd College, the school's inaugural class for biology majors. Read More »
Susan Mitchell joined College Access Now (CAN) in April 2012 as Executive Director, where she works in partnership with the Board of Directors to implement the long-term vision for the organization. As CAN embarks on a substantial growth plan, Susan's experience in leadership, strategic planning, finance, and fundraising, for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, is a great asset for CAN. Read More »
Both Tamara and Andrew are transplants, from Washington DC and the Midwest respectively, but have claimed Seattle as their home. Tamara has had a long and successful career as a Brand and Business Leader at Adidas, Intel and Starbucks. Andrew is a marketing leader in cloud services at F5. While not working they enjoy spending time with their two children, skiing, paddle boarding and giving back to their community. Read More »
Tara Prakriya is currently the Chief Product Officer at Maana (www.maana.io), in Bellevue, WA. Maana is young company with a breakthrough analytics platform that operationalizes big data insights. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President of Product Management at Global Scholar which focused on end to end K-12 learning management tools. Read More »
Tavan serves as an independent advisor and fiduciary for successful families. He previously served as CEO of a single family office for a complex, multi-generation family where he oversaw operations including investing, tax, legal, philanthropy and governance. Prior to that, Tavan served as an executive of the family's operating business and as an executive of a venture-backed technology company. He also practiced law with two large firms and clerked for a federal judge. Tavan holds an AB from Harvard College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. He volunteers with the You Have Options Program which is revolutionizing the way law enforcement responds to sexual assault. He is also writing a book on the ethics of friendship, and remains a Boston sports fan. Read More »
Therese is the Southeast Asia Regional Advisor for Partners Asia, which provides small community grants to marginalized communities in Myanmar and neighboring countries. She has worked with refugees, migrants, and displaced persons in Southeast Asia for more than 30 years, bringing together community-based organizations, international bodies, foundations, and academic institutions. Read More »
Tina is a Principal at Perennial Leadership a boutique consulting firm that specialized in the development of corporate cultures and executive teams. Tina has been in the health care space for over 20 years and recently has been asking the question of how to build the bridge between leadership development and community development. Read More »
Todd joined SVP upon moving to Seattle in 2004. His roles at SVP have included serving as a member and then chair of two environmental grant committees and as a member and chair of the Portfolio Grant Committee. He also served as board chair from 2014-2016, and in 2009 he helped start and later chaired SVP’s Environmental Advocacy Committee. Outside of SVP, Todd is Managing Director of Loom, a foundation that funds the intersection of environmental causes and social equity. Read More »
Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with BECU since 1994. Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with BECU since 1994. Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with BECU since 1994. Tom leads BECU’s marketing, co-op affairs, affinity, and strategic planning efforts. Read More »
Tony Mestres is the president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country. Recognized for his leadership and expertise in navigating change and working cross sector with business leaders, elected officials and community and philanthropic partners, Tony has redefined Seattle Foundation’s role as a voice for community needs, developing effective philanthropic strategies to address inequities in the region. Read More »
Tripp joined SVP because he knows he isn’t the person that will come up with the next idea to change the world, but has the skills to support them and grow their vision. He is currently a Vice President Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab in Redmond, WA and was involved in SVP Seattle’s 2015 Fast Pitch competition as a coach and judge. Read More »
Warren and Colette Boeker have lived and worked in New York, London and Sydney. They moved to Bainbridge Island, WA in 1999 where they are raising three daughters. When not working, Warren and Colette volunteer their time to education programs that develop fun and engaging experiential learning opportunities, particularly in science and math. Read More »
Will recently graduated from Stanford and spent much of the summer traveling before joining SVP. He currently works as a Program Manager in an incubation team within XBox. Before that he previously worked as a Designer and Data Scientist at a startup called Wavii (acquired by Google). Read More »
Will Poole is co-founder and managing partner of Unitus Seed Fund, India’s #1 seed impact investor, supporting startups that innovate for the masses. He also co-founded Capria, the first business accelerator for impact fund managers. He serves on the board of Bangalore-based Vidyanext, whose mission is to change the way India learns. Read More »
Zachary Smith is the Co-Founder of Catalyz, a company dedicated to helping organizations make innovation a core part of their culture. A technology and innovation leader with product development and consulting experience, Zachary has worked with a wide range of industries and organizations including startups, Wall Street banks, automotive manufacturers, enterprise software platform providers, creative agencies, and large consulting firms. Read More »