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Staff & Board

Below is a list of our staff. If you are looking for a staff member at one of our affiliate organizations, you can find them here.

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Cathy Lehman, Chief Operating Officer

Cathy joined SVPI in June 2017 and works with the CEO to ensure that all programs, operations, communications and development functions of SVPI are aligned for greatest efficiency, effectiveness and impact, and that our team is cohesive and highly functioning. Read More »

Emily Reitman, Program Director

Emily manages a variety of affiliate-focused SVP programs including affiliate-support technology, an executive director cohort, and an impact investing task force. Read More »

Jen Bowen Flynn

Jen joined the SVP network as the Associate Director of SVP Boston early in 2014 and as SVP International’s [...] Read More »

Michael Castle, Communications Director

A visual storyteller, Michael brings images and voice to our broad range of social impact initiatives. Read More »

Tim Schottman, Chief Executive Officer

Tim Schottman leads SVPI with a strong focus on supporting SVP affiliates around the world and strengthening our network at large so we can make a greater impact together. Read More »

Board of Directors

Bill Brownell

Bill is the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) Board Chair and new to the SVPI Board of Directors in January of 2018. He leads the Executive Committee and serves on the Finance and Grantmaking Committees. Bill sees his biggest contribution at SV2 being development and execution of a strategic plan. Read More »

Daniel Tisch

Daniel Tisch is President and CEO of Argyle Communications, one of Canada’s largest and most respected independent public relations firms. Dan is the Emeritus and a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Toronto. Read More »

Diane Helfrey

Diane helped found SVP in Los Angeles and served as its executive director from 2005 to 2016. She served as VP, Client Services at EdTec Inc., a business services provider to California charter schools as well as Senior VP with Bank of America. Read More »

Gan Wang

Gan Wang is a founding Partner and board member of SVP Beijing. After receiving her BA and MA from Peking University and Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University, Gan returned to China and founded an experimental preschool The Little Oak Children’s House in 2001. Read More »

Ganesh Natarajan

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Founder of 5F World, a platform dedicated to investment and mentoring of start-ups, skills platforms and social enterprises. He is also Chairman of Pune City Connect and Social Venture Partners Pune and a Co-Founder and Chairman of Global Talent Track. Read More »

Jennie Arbogash

Jennie has been SVP Boulder’s Executive Director for the past 10 years, providing strong leadership and developing a growing affiliate known for “innovating with rigor”. Jennie has strong relationships throughout SVP and is a respected, trusted resource. Read More »

Jingjing Wang

Jingjing Wang has served as CEO to SVP Beijing since its launch in 2013. There, she oversees everything from partner coordination and recruitment to grantmaking and fundraising. She is also co-CEO at SVP China which is expected to expand to Shanghai in the next year. Read More »

John Palter

John Palter is a trial attorney and certified public accountant, whose areas of expertise include complex commercial and intellectual property litigation and risk management. He has sought actively to expand his skill set in the nonprofit arena in the areas of strategic planning, board governance and development. Read More »

Keith Kegley

Keith Kegley began his career writing software for IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows. He has since become a technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He currently serves as president at Ufora, Inc., a data science engineering company that is developing a cloud-based successor to computing and research products like Matlab, R, Mathematica and SAS. Read More »

Kevin Shaw

Kevin is Chairman of Fathom, a digital marketing firm and a principal with Thunder Bay Enterprises, a company that invests in private companies. Previously, Kevin served as president and CEO of NCS Healthcare, a public institutional pharmacy. Read More »

Larry Fox

Larry Fox has been a Partner of SVP Portland since 2009 and joined the Board there in 2011. He has served twice on the Investment Team and currently serves on the Community Impact Committee. In the past he served for three years as a Lead Partner on the investment in Listen To Kids. Read More »

Mario Ribera

Mario Ribera grew up in Bolivia and is currently Vice President, Latin America, for Expedia. Mario brings nearly two decades of experience in technology and growing international businesses to the SVP network. Read More »

Max Scoular

Max Scoular is the founder and chairman of PierceGray, an executive search firm specializing in transformational leadership roles for private equity companies. Prior to PierceGray, he founded XG2, a provider of advisory, benchmarking and executive roundtable services for supply chain leaders in the energy industry. Read More »

Mike Cadigan

Having served SVP Seattle in a number of roles over the past 8 years, and with the board chair role ending June 2018, I have started thinking about what is next on my SVP journey and where I can be of further value to SVP. Read More »

Patricia Andrade

Patricia has been an SVP Tucson Partner since 2008. She served as board chair from 2014-2016, in which she led a strategic planning process and guided the affiliate in strengthening governance, and addressing membership stagnation and financial sustainability. Read More »

Paul Shoemaker

Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of SVPI and was SVP Seattle's Executive Director for 17 years. With insights from this unique vantage point, he is a leading expert on activating social change agents and a global thought leader on how individuals can be the most effective philanthropists. Read More »

Robin Minick

Robin Minick is an experienced senior executive with extensive legal, real estate and both profit and non-profit Board credentials. A central theme in her business experiences is her ability to move in at the ground floor, identify issues and leverage points, cohesively rally the team to her vision of success, and implement the way forward. Read More »

Sandra Hughes

Sandy joined SVP Cincinnati in 2011 and served as Board Chair from 2014-2016, leading the affiliate through a very successful growth strategy and implementation: 39 to 62 partners in one year. Sandy has also filled roles as Co-Lead Partner, Investee Relations Committee Leader and SVPI Network Liaison, as well as contributed to SVPI Strategic Planning, Membership and Education, and Innovation Committees. Read More »

Sofia Michelakis

Sofia Michelakis became SVPI's Board Chair in January of 2018. A Northwest native, she has been connected to SVP for some time now, primarily through her role as SVP's Director of Philanthropy Development. Read More »

Takuya Okamoto

Takuya is the current CEO of SVP Tokyo, the fifth largest affiliate in the SVP Network. A Certified Public Accountant, Takuya was a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers Japan Audit Division and then its Consulting Division from 2002 to 2011, when he left to take up the role of CEO of SVP Tokyo. He has been a partner with SVP Tokyo since 2008. Read More »