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Meet our Partners

With more than 3,000 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors.

We are investors, entrepreneurs, business professionals, attorneys, educators, and philanthropists who believe that, together, we can help solve problems and strengthen our community. If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet this group.

Meet Some of Our Partners…

Robert S. Altman

Robert Altman’s career reflects success in leading teams that consistently achieve aggressive corporate goals in both mature and emerging biotech and pharmaceutical businesses. Currently, Bob is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Booth School of Business. Read More »

Jessica Andujar-Redman

Jessica Andujar-Redman is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Team Lead at Fifth Third Bank. In her role as a Commercial Executive, Jessica leads a team of relationship managers focused on supporting the needs of middle market clients, with a focus on not-for-profit organizations and municipalities in the Chicagoland area. Read More »

Rita M. Barksdale

Rita is the general manager for the global Amazon Renewed Marketplace. In this role, her site allows consumers to reduce planet impact by purchasing pre-owned product with great quality at a reduced cost. She joined Amazon November 2020 following a 23-year span with General Electric. Read More »

Lawrence Bass

Lawrence P. Bass left retirement to teach engineering at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, a Chicago Public high school in the West Englewood. Prior to retirement in 2006, he was an entrepreneur and co-owner of InfraStructure SystemWare LLC., and Applied Tactical Systems Inc. Read More »

Alejandra Esqueda Belmonte

Alejandra Esqueda Belmonte’s tenure in procurement has contributed to savings in excess of $500M not only via negotiations but also thru consolidation via strategic partnership and a focus on design for cost. She has a passion to promote education, technology and in general creating a positive impact in the lives of others. Read More »

Sarah Berghorst

Sarah Berghorst is the executive director of OneGoal – Chicago. She manages strategic relationships with key stakeholders, leads the development of a long-term vision for OneGoal Chicago, manages the regional board of directors and the Chicago staff team. She is also a member of the board of directors of Erie Elementary Charter School and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. Read More »

Emily Bergstrom

Emily Bergstrom is a Chicago Booth MBA who believes that amazing things happen when we use data, empathy, and design-thinking to tackle big problems. Read More »

Anuj Bhasin

Anuj Bhasin is the Head of Global Gatorade. He is responsible for rapidly accelerating global Gatorade growth with a key focus on international market expansion. Read More »

Priya Kumthekar Bhasin

Priya Bhasin (professionally known as Dr. Kumthekar) is a board certified in both neurology and neuro-oncology and uses her expertise to treat both primary brain cancer and metastatic brain cancer at the renowned Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. Read More »

Jennifer Boss

Jen is an executive vice president and portfolio manager for Heitman, a real estate investment management fund. She manages two of the firm's account clients with investments ranging from regional malls to self-storage throughout the US. Read More »

Jeanne Bright

Jeanne is an advertising and digital marketing executive managing global partnerships. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. Read More »

Jon Buck

Jon Buck is a partner with Perkins Coie and is a member of the firm’s White Collar & Investigations group. He focuses his law practice on regulatory enforcement defense, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. Read More »

Alex Buck

Alex Buck is an operational leader with experience across a range of industries and contexts including company and product evolutions, growth strategy, talent development, and digital transformations in the legal, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors. Alex is currently senior vice president, chief strategy and legal officer for A&R Logistics, the leading supply chain services company for the chemical industry. Read More »

Kathy Buck

Kathy retired from a 21-year career as an investment professional and portfolio manager in March 2018. Her experience has spanned all aspects of the investment practice – from developing the strategy, business plan, and legal documents; to marketing, portfolio management, and risk management. Read More »

Jessie Callahan Dadosky

Jessie is president of Callahan Family Investments, a family-owned investment business focused on growth-oriented investment opportunities within real estate and private equity. Jessie is also active as a development executive for Novel Coworking, managing the development of real estate projects within Novel's rapidly growing national office portfolio.   Read More »

Pat Carlevato

Patrick Carlevato is chief growth officer for a Chicago-based startup, Flamingo, which is an all-in-one resident engagement platform for multi-family apartment buildings. Read More »

Abbie Castiglione

Abbie Castiglione is the chief operating officer for the University of Chicago, Urban Labs and co-founder of Quantified, a social venture that develops, designs, and delivers metrics for nonprofits.  Read More »

Helen Chang

Helen is an executive healthcare consultant providing direction in strategy development, organizational design, management alignment, and strategic implementation. Her focus is on strategic change management in complex, dynamic healthcare organizations embarking on transformational growth. Read More »

Jill Chokshi

Jill is a seasoned leader at American Express with more than 15 years of experience in global digital product strategy and management. She has a diverse background in corporate, advocacy and non-profit ventures and is passionate about volunteering her time toward pro bono consulting for social enterprise and nonprofit organizations. Read More »

Kate Coleman

Kate Coleman has thirty years of experience as a senior executive in the private and social sectors where she has successfully participated in multiple significant organizational transformations. As a Harvard ALI fellow, she applied that experience to research that focuses on obstacles to nonprofit efficiency and effectiveness. Read More »

Susan Comstock

Susan Comstock retired in 2016 as a managing director at JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking and is now focused on active engagement in the Chicagoland community. Read More »

Evan Dadosky

Evan is currently a manager in Bain & Company's private equity group in Chicago. Evan served in the US Air Force for five years as an acquisitions officer at Hanscom AFB, MA. Read More »

Lauren Densham

Lauren is an associate director in the global strategy team within the Global Chairman’s office of KPMG International. She leads the day-to-day execution of strategy projects on behalf of KMPG’s global head of strategy and contributes to the ongoing development of KPMG’s global network strategy. Read More »

Chris Deutsch

Christopher Deutsch has spent 20 years investing in and working with early-stage startups in ecommerce, enterprise software, social media and consumer internet. He has been founder, co-founder or founding team member of numerous angel and VC-backed ventures where his responsibilities have included marketing, product development, fundraising, business development and M&A. Read More »

Jerry Dillenburg

Jerry Dillenburg is an investment services industry senior executive with over 25 years of compliance, finance, operational, corporate governance and management expertise. Throughout his career, Jerry has held several high-level positions in the mutual fund industry, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Read More »

Andrew Don

Andrew is passionate about using innovative concepts and technology to help nonprofits and social enterprises continuously improve to amplify their impact. Andrew co-founded Impaktfel in 2018 which supports nonprofits and social enterprises to reach their potential, enabling them to scale and sustain their impact. Read More »

Eric Draut

Eric began his career as an audit manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers). He spent 20 years with Unitrin (now Kemper Corp.), a financial services holding company, a tenure that included 13 years as executive vice president and CFO. Eric currently serves on the board of directors at Thrivent Financial, where he chairs the audit and finance Committee and Blackrock TCP Capital, where he chairs the audit committee. Read More »

Janine Durbin

Janine is a senior vice president and senior relationship manager for Bank of America. She leads a team of product sales experts to provide innovative and customized solutions for middle market clients in Chicago. She has a BA in economics and international relations from Tufts University, an MA in international relations/Latin American studies from the University of Southern California and an MBA in finance and strategy from U of C’s Booth School of Business. Read More »

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards is the SVP of strategy at Constellation Brands leading strategy, PMO and continuous improvement functions for the organization. He also works on critical acquisitions and divestitures for the organization. Chris holds a BA in economics and government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Read More »

Jonathan Ellis

Jonathan Ellis is the founder and managing principal of Sandalphon Capital, a micro venture capital firm focused on early stage companies. He is a member of the Union League Boys and Girls Club Investment Committee and is the Midwest regional representative for the University of Manchester Alumni Association. Read More »

Robert Fealy

Robert L. Fealy is founder and president, Aluminate Inc. which offers data analytics and advisory services for college, university and nonprofit advancement. Previously, he was founding managing director of Limerick Investments, a seed-early stage investment firm that empowers exceptional entrepreneurs to pursue emerging ideas and markets applying disruptive strategies and technologies. Read More »

Rose Fealy

Rose Fealy is vice president, director of finance and administration/chief financial officer for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), She brings to MSI 30-plus years of leadership experience in operations, finance, human resources and client service in both private sector and nonprofit organizations. Read More »

Celine Fitzgerald

After a handful of years working within the luxury goods space in the Big Apple, Celine returned to Chicago to join Webb & O'Neill as a financial analyst. She attended Fordham University and in Milan, Italy, and has an MBA from Loyola's Quinlan School of Business. She is on the associate board of Blessings in a Backpack, holds a board seat at the Newberry Library, and is a trustee for the Union League Boys & Girls Club. Read More »

Jerry Fuller

Jerry Fuller is an accomplished nonprofit CEO with extensive experience with both grant-making and grant-seeking organizations. Jerry’s career also includes successful experience in the for-profit sector as vice president of Investment Research at Duff & Phelps, as well as at American Hospital Supply Corporation, where he advanced through increasingly responsible positions in IT, marketing and strategic planning at the corporation’s division, group and corporate levels. Read More »

Bhumika Gashti

Bhumika is the Head of Business Development & Investor Relations at Intrinsic Edge Capital Management where she is responsible for capital raising and investor services. Prior to Intrinsic Edge, Bhumika was with Credit Suisse for 15 years, serving as the Head of HOLT US Equity Research Analysts. Read More »

John Geis

John serves as principal of Cresset Partners where he leads the firm’s private investment activities in healthcare. Prior to joining Cresset, he led a division of Medline Industries, Inc., the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies in the country. Read More »

Nancy Goldstein

Nancy Goldstein’s current role is the director of strategy and insights at The Connell Group, a firm that helps companies shape their future by better understanding and connecting to their customers. Her specialties include: brand strategy, value propositions and positioning, brand communications, new product launches, and business model development. Read More »

Leo Gonzalez

Leo Gonzalez is Chief Financial Officer of the Urban Land Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by over 45,000 members globally, whose mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Read More »

Rick Gray

Rick Gray is a high-performance team builder who has successfully marketed professional service business models in highly competitive industries for more than 30 years. He has extensive public/private/family-owned business, agency and non-profit marketing, operational management and Board advisory experience.  Read More »

Caroline Grossman

Caroline Grossman, ’03, is the executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, the destination at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for people committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems.  Read More »

Melissa Hamilton

Melissa is an experienced strategy consultant who serves global public and private clients across various industries. She enjoys bringing strategic thinking to the nonprofit space to help mission-driven organizations solve some of their biggest challenges. Read More »

Eileen Hamra

Eileen’s passion is found in enabling individuals, families and communities to live healthy and balanced lives. She fulfills her calling through a combination of executive coaching, health and lifestyle coaching, serving the community and on business boards, and investing in companies that are making a positive impact in the world. Read More »

Mike Hamra

Michael Hamra is the president and CEO of Hamra Enterprises which develops, owns and operates Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Panera Bread bakery-cafes and Noodles and Company restaurants spanning from the Midwest to the Northeast. He practice law in Washington, DC, both in private practice and holding several positions with the US government. Read More »

Erik Harmon

Erik, currently CAO for Primo Center, has deep experience in strategy, operations and marketing across multiple industries. He also has served on the board of directors for The Enterprising Kitchen, a Chicago nonprofit that helped women gain skills to enter the workforce. Read More »

Shani Harmon

Shani Harmon is a change agent and organizational consultant. Read More »

Stephen Hempel

Stephen is principal at The Open Energy LLC and is passionate about driving the global transition to clean energy technologies and systems. He has passionately pursued ‘simplicity on the other side of complexity.’ He loves analyzing data and processes to understand key performance drivers, then improving processes and business outcomes. Read More »

Tricia Hough

Tricia Hough is an operations professional with extensive experience in optimizing processes and increasing efficiency across a variety of different industries and functional areas. Her experience spans management consulting, manufacturing and retail. Tricia holds a BSC degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and an MBA in operations, strategy and organizational behavior from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Read More »

Ted Jackson

Ted Jackson is the executive vice president of operations for the Duro Bag business unit of Novolex, a leading flexible packaging company that produces sustainable paper and plastic bags. He has over 20 years of organizational leadership and operations improvement experience. Read More »

Sophia Kang

Sophia Kang is a financial engineer for Chicago Trading Company, a highly analytical proprietary trading firm. She is passionate about serving her community, especially in youth and education. Read More »

Bets Lillo

Bets has broad base of operating and enterprise transformation experience and a passion for delivering game-changing capabilities in demanding environments. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Purdue University and she holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Read More »

Breanne Littleton

Breanne amassed over 13 years of experience in treasury management advisory; first at LaSalle Bank, and subsequently with Cole Taylor/MB Financial Bank. In 2017, she pivoted her career to the wellness industry, and has happily found her new home as a fitness professional. Breanne is an active member of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Keystone Board, serving as associate board president in 2019. Read More »

Jim Marion

Jim Marion was U.S. Trust’s national fiduciary executive and a managing director of Bank of America, N.A., where he headed the national fiduciary organization. Jim received a bachelor’s degree in economics and Spanish and a master’s degree in geography from Kansas State University, a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Read More »

Shanda McFadden

Shanda is an assistant vice president with Merrill Lynch’s Oberlander Group. Previously, she was a commercial banker. She lives in Northwest Indiana with her husband and children. Read More »

Joe Meginnes

Joe Meginnes is a transactional attorney with over a decade of experience advising clients on regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and the organization and operation of private funds. He also maintains a robust pro bono practice which includes representing LPs in early stage venture investments and providing ongoing counsel to non-profits and social enterprises. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School. Read More »

Jim Mills

Jim Mills is a telecom, retail and services executive whose 35-year career includes several public company c-level and senior executive positions. Jim also has extensive nonprofit, international and for-profit board experience. Mills is also passionate about improving the current and future circumstances of at-risk populations through mentorship, advocacy, and board service, and dedicates his personal time and resources to such endeavors. Read More »

Samir Mirza

Samir Mirza was the co-founder and CTO of TapCommerce, the industry’s first mobile ad retargeting solution, until it was acquired by Twitter in 2014. He now focuses on advising early stage start-ups. Read More »

John Mjoseth

John is the former general manager of McMaster-Carr Supply Company's regional headquarters in Elmhurst. He is a long-serving volunteer, including several leadership roles with Holy Family Ministries in North Lawndale. He helped launch the Peace Exchange in response to violence in the community. Read More »

Christine Mooney

Christine Mooney is the Bill and Paula LeRoy Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Northern Illinois University. She is the lead faculty for entrepreneurship and the co-director of the Center for Social Enterprise. Read More »

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan has been recruiting CEOs and their direct reports for software and software-enabled services companies for more than 18 years. He is also on the executive committee for The Illinois Technology Association, and is a board member for the SmartBet Charity Poker Tournament. Read More »

Meagan Newman

Meagan Newman is COO at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, a trial law firm based in Chicago, where her responsibilities include directing day-to-day firm operations. Meagan currently serves on the board of The Honeycomb Project and co-chairs the Chicago Bar Association/Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Project Law Track. Read More »

Debbie Nutley

Debbie Nutley delved into the nonprofit sector after her retirement from the legal and human resources professions. She personally aligns to the concepts of venture philanthropy and leverages her financial donations with professional expertise to make a greater contribution in support of her chosen nonprofits. Read More »

Bill O'Neill

Bill O’Neill is a business and technology executive with 30-year track record of delivering results, motivating teams and adapting to changing business strategies. He has a track record of growth and promotion of leaders, execution and accountability. Throughout his career, he has alternately delivered large growth initiatives and managed though leaner cycles. Read More »

Cindy Paulauskas

Paulauskas is a global business leader whose organization and big-picture focus have powered a 20-year record of strategic and operational leadership in dynamic emerging markets. She’s part of the founding team of Chicago start-up Rivet Radio, which provides a global audio publishing platform digital audio news and podcasts. Read More »

Marc Rolfes

While mostly retired, Marc is a senior consultant supporting the strategic advisory practice of Mission + Strategy Consulting, a nonprofit consulting firm dedicated to increasing the impact of nonprofit organization in the Midwest. Marc combines skills and perspectives acquired from corporate positions and consulting engagements from more than 30 years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Read More »

Leeatt Rothschild

Leeatt Rothschild is the Founder and CEO of Packed with Purpose, a corporate gifting company that creates deep societal impact through the everyday act of gift-giving, from empowering underserved women with job skills to supporting sustainability efforts. Packed with Purpose gifts enable companies (from Fortune 500 to nonprofit organizations) to create social impact while positively influencing their business across employees, clients, and other key stakeholders. Read More »

Ted Rupp

Ted is a Principal at Kovitz Investment Group, LLC, where he oversees the firm’s operations in addition to working with the firm’s alternative investment offerings. He is currently a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Read More »

Michael Schodrof

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch's Private Wealth Group as a senior vice president, he was a private banker at J.P. Morgan. Earlier, he was a managing director at Guggenheim Partners in Chicago and ran their Midwest institutional equity sales effort. Before joining Guggenheim, Michael was in senior institutional equity sales roles with Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Read More »

Scott Schwartz

Scott Schwartz leads investments in the business services and financial services industries for the private equity firm CIVC Partners. He also has experience as a management consultant, advising companies in operations, strategies, mergers and acquisitions. Read More »

Tasha Seitz

Tasha Seitz, a founder of the Chicago chapter of Social Venture Partners, currently serves as the chief investment officer for Impact Engine. Additionally, she served as the board chair for Spark Ventures, a young, nonprofit venture philanthropy organization investing in entrepreneurial NGOs serving vulnerable children in developing economies. Read More »

Joe Serrone

Joseph Serrone is a neurological surgeon that specializes in cerebrovascular disease at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois and the Hines VA Medical Center. Read More »

Monali Shah

Monali is a strategic business executive at Google focused on smart cities and urban mobility. She is passionate about leveraging technology to drive social impact and was a co-founder of University of Chicago’s Net Impact group. Read More »

Garrett Sheridan

Garrett Sheridan is president of Axiom Consulting Partners which specializes in aligning strategy, organization and talent to deliver superior results. He has a strong change management and implementation focus that serves to engage employees quickly in understanding and committing to proposed change. Read More »

Amita Shetty

Amita has over 20 years of experience in leading strategic initiatives and mobilizing change in large and start-up organizations. She is an advocate for socioeconomic and gender equity. She initiated and led programs advancing women’s participation and inclusion in the workplace, while also mentoring women from under-resourced backgrounds in India. Read More »

Kael Shipman

Kael is an Engineering Manager at Kin Insurance, a Chicago company working to modernize the property insurance industry. He enjoys service and is particularly passionate about youth and community development in under-served communities. He is a volunteer with several Chicago organizations, and enjoys working on various small entrepreneurial ventures in his free time. Read More »

Debbie Siegel

Debbie Siegel, PhD, is the founder and president of Debbie Siegel Consulting, LLC, a talent management consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching and leadership development. She specializes in coaching high potential leaders who are transitioning to broader and more challenging roles. Read More »

Meghna Sinha

Meghna is the Head of IT, US for Mark Anthony Services Inc. In this role, she has helped to transform and scale the IT department to support the unprecedented growth in the company’s business portfolio which includes White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Her team is transforming the technology capabilities for the company as it set-ups multiple mega-breweries in the US.  Read More »

Paula Sneed

Paula Sneed is the chairman and CEO of Phelps Prescott Group LLC., a strategy and management consultancy she co-founded in 2007. She is a member of the national board of directors of Teach For America, the board of directors of Teach For America, Chicago region and The Family Independence Initiative. Read More »

Parrish Snyder

Parrish Snyder is the chief sales officer of OneCause, a provider of fundraising software and services for nonprofits. He’s passionate about applying his professional skills to helping nonprofits fulfill their missions. Read More »

Elisa Spain

Elisa is an executive life coach serving CEOs and C-suite executives. She is a former Fortune 500 company executive who also successfully pivoted to entrepreneurship. Read More »

Katie Riker Sternberg

Katie brings more than 25 years of experience to her profession as an executive coach. Prior to becoming a coach, Katie worked as a therapist at Louisiana State University’s Mental Health Center. For more than 12 years she owned and operated a successful strategic planning consulting firm. Katie began her career with the Estee Lauder Companies, in New York City, las serving as worldwide marketing manager for Origins Natural Resources. Read More »

Franco Turrinelli

Franco Turrinelli’s career has spanned consulting, financial analysis, and corporate strategic development roles, primarily focusing on business-to-business technology companies. Franco holds an MEng in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Read More »

Terra Winston

Terra Winston, founder of inTerract Consulting, has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with almost 20 years of internal and external business consulting experience. Read More »

Jessica Droste Yagan

Jessica Droste Yagan is CEO of Impact Engine, a venture fund that invests financial and human capital in early-stage, for-profit technology startups that are improving education, health, economic empowerment and resource efficiency. Read More »

Sam Yagan

Sam Yagan CEO of Shoprunner. He also co-founded and served as CEO of OkCupid, one of the most popular dating sites in America, with over 7 million monthly unique visitors. His prior entrepreneurial ventures in the consumer internet sector include eDonkey, Inc. (founded in 2002), once the largest P2P file-sharing application in the world and SparkNotes (founded in 1999), the dominant brand of study guides. Read More »

John Yerger

John Yerger has more than 30 years of executive experience building, growing and turning around global technology businesses, including significant experience in market creation, high technology manufacturing and successfully developing and taking products to market in companies ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollars in sales. Read More »

Leslie Yerger

Leslie Ferris Yerger is a Tedx speaker, author of Probably Benign, and founder of www.MyDensityMatter.org. Leslie is former chair of board at Love INC Lake County Southwest serving those in need in Lake County IL.  She is also a certified life coach and has worked as manager of product development at DEK Printing Machines in England as well as global product manager at Carrier Air Conditioning in Syracuse, NY. Read More »

Elizabeth J. Young

Betsy Young is an experienced financial professional dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations excel. In retirement, her pro bono work focuses on financial sustainability, enhancing organizational effectiveness, implementing new strategic initiatives and capacity building. She is treasurer of the board of Chicago Tech Academy, a contract high school on the near Southwest side of Chicago which uses project-based curriculum to educate entrepreneurial minded students and ultimately help increase the representation of minorities in the tech industry. Read More »

Steve Young

Steve, a managing director in HealthScape’s Chicago Office, advises clients within the healthcare industry on a wide range of strategic, operational and regulatory issues. He was one of the founding managing directors for Huron Consulting Group and led that firm’s Pharmaceutical and Health Plan practice. Read More »