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Andy Valdez-Pape, Executive Assistant & Recruitment Coordinator

Andy supports our recruitment team and SVP ambassadors, helping them to grow our network. Prior to SVP, Andy was the Office Coordinator for Artist Trust where he assisted with bookkeeping, IT management and administrative needs. He has also worked with the Bellevue Arts Museum, Pacific Science Center, Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Arts Corps, Sisko Gallery and more. Read More »

Ben Mitchell, Program Manager – Community Investment

Ben supports our multi-year grantmaking program by facilitating the committees that select new Investees each year. He also helps connect Partners who are interested in volunteering their professional skills with nonprofits that want to strengthen their organization. Ben comes to SVP by way of Washington, DC where he spent three plus years working in international development and foreign aid program management. Read More »

Cecilia Garza, Communications Manager

Cecilia brings the work of SVP Partners and Investees to life – linking our daily efforts to the positive change we strive for in our communities. Prior to joining SVP, Cecilia worked more than five years as a journalist. 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 »

Juliet Le, Program Associate – Partner Engagement

Juliet supports the success of SVP’s Philanthropy Development strategy and is responsible for the logistics and support of Partner education and fund development activities and processes. Prior to joining SVP, Juliet was a Philanthropy Intern at Medic One Foundation and worked on donor management and stewardship, along with the planning of annual fundraising events. Read More »

Mike Quinn, Director of Community Investment

Mike Quinn leads our grantmaking and capacity building work with nonprofits. A native of Colorado, Mike decided to pursue his passion for engaging people in social change by relocating to Seattle to join SVP. Previously, Mike worked for El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs in their Fellowship program. Read More »

Rebecca Stephens, Director of Partner Engagement

Rebecca leads SVP’s philanthropy development and fundraising efforts, helping individuals realize greater impact with their giving. Prior to joining SVP, Rebecca worked at KidsQuest Children’s Museum as the Development & Marketing Director overseeing the organization’s annual giving program, donor engagement and marketing. Read More »

Solynn McCurdy, Chief Executive Officer

Solynn brings over a decade of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors leading initiatives for social impact. At SVP, he provides overall strategic development and support for our strong network of philanthropists with the drive to create positive change in their communities. Read More »

Tanya Anderson, Director of Finance & Operations

Tanya takes a holistic approach to finance with an eye towards continuous improvement and transparent financial reporting to support boards in making sound business decisions. With a deep passion for helping non-financial managers better understand finances, Tanya has spent over 15 years working with nonprofits and healthcare organizations. Read More »

Yvonne Chang, Office Coordinator

Yvonne supports SVP's office operations and is in charge of bookkeeping. Prior to SVP, Yvonne was the executive assistant at a small consulting firm in Shanghai that worked on construction projects in Cambodia, China, Nepal, Indonesia, and Taiwan. She also interned at the US Environmental Protection Agency and worked on various sustainable community projects. Read More »

Zamzam Abdulgani, Program Associate – Collective Action

Zamzam Abdulgani supports SVP’s Collective Action work and the Statewide Capacity Collaborative. She attended Washington State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Society. Passionate about social responsibility and cross cultural communication, Zamzam has managed social media efforts for Sustainability International, raising awareness and building public will to reverse the destruction of the Niger Delta ecosystem. Read More »

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Janna Rolland, Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship Director

Janna Rolland has served as lead facilitator and program director of the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship since its inception in 2012. She has over twenty-five years of experience in building the capacity of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, as an executive director, organizational development consultant, and facilitator. Read More »

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Bob Woods

Bob joined SVP Seattle with his wife Megan in 2016 to invest in the Greater Seattle community, including through skills-based volunteering with SVP Investees. Bob specializes in finance consulting services to public and private clients in the high-tech, software and internet industries. In his role as an SVP Partner and board member, he is focused on leveraging his experience to achieve SVP’s objective of building capacity for its investees. Read More »

Brad Brickman

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 »

Christine Chang

Christine joined Social Venture Partners in 2005, transitioning to the non-profit sector from a career in product management at Microsoft. Christine and her husband Steve Bush live on the Eastside, and both are active volunteers at their daughters’ schools. Read More »

Dave Thompson

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 Woolley-Wilson

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 »

Debbie Newell

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 »

Jane Harvey

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 »

Joneil Sampana

Joneil returned to Seattle (and SVP) after five years in the Bay Area inspired by the service projects and civic activism he experienced through Full Circle Fund, Taproot Foundation and Code for America – Oakland. Passionate about uplifting underserved students, Joneil is excited to continue exploring collective impact solutions in education through SVP's work. 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 »

Kathy O'Driscoll

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 »

Katja Shaye

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 »

Mike Cadigan, Board Chair

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 »

Norm Bontje

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 »

Racquel Russell

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 »

Tim Schottman

Tim Schottman is the CEO of the SVP Network Office and has over 30 years of executive experience in building global networks, developing leaders, creating and implementing strategies, managing multi-cultural teams, and leading change in rapidly changing environments. Read More »

Tony Mestres

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 »