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Building Bridges and Catalyzing Change: Ciara Garcia Named SVPI’s New CEO

Ciara Garcia is a force for equity who centers the wisdom of those closest to injustice in her life’s work. As the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of SVP International […]

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Leadership & Staff

Ciara Garcia, CEO

Ciara Garcia is a seasoned nonprofit leader with over 19 years of experience championing community-driven philanthropy to foster multigenerational change. As the CEO of SVPI, she brings a wealth of expertise in nonprofit management, strategic growth, and innovative program development.

Before joining SVPI, Ciara served as CEO of the SVP Tucson affiliate, where she achieved remarkable success in expanding the organization’s budget and partnership fourfold. This growth facilitated the expansion of staff, nonprofit partners, and programmatic impact. She also spent 11 years at Tu Nidito Children and Family Services, where she progressed from Development Director to Chief Operating Officer. Her collaborative approach was further honed through hands-on work and a fellowship at the Aspen Institute.

Aspen Baker, Strategic Consultant

Aspen is a nonprofit consultant, focusing on social impact. She provides organizations with senior-level capacity during times of transition and growth, as well as a range of consulting services on operations, fundraising, strategy, and governance to leaders and organizations. Previously, Aspen was the founding Executive Director of Exhale, which she led for 17-years. An award-winning leader, author and TED Speaker, Aspen has a long history of public service as a city-appointed official, volunteer and advocate on issues of democracy, justice and culture change. She lives in Oakland, California.

Aisha Satterwhite Chavers, Interim Managing Director

Aisha Chavers is an executive-level leader and strategist in the areas of organizational transformation, team management, and advocacy and engagement. As the founder of Straight Line Consultants, she has spent over 10 years actively advising C-suite leaders around the best ways to strengthen and support their organizations and teams, activate external audiences, and produce big results in service of national and global social and political change.

For 25 years, Aisha has worked for mission-driven organizations, foundations, creative agencies, startups, tech companies, multinational brands, labor organizations, membership associations, and political campaigns, running successful multimillion dollar brand, advocacy, paid media, and fundraising campaigns both in-house and as a consultant. That work includes engaging with more than 200 organizations, tech companies, and brands in the US, UK, and Africa. She served as Managing Director at Coworker.org; Advisor at Coworker Solidarity Fund; Managing Director at Blue State; and has led programs at The Africa Fund, One Economy Corporation, Service Employees International Union, National Education Association, and Human Rights Campaign.

Sol Design, Communications and Community Engagement

Sol Design (Sol) is a brand and digital agency that marries strategy, design and interactive to create powerful brands and innovative digital experiences. With a strategic focus on philanthropy, non profits and social good, Sol works with SVPI building its online community and delivering powerful communications through storytelling. 

Board of Directors

Adriana Loson-Ceballos, Co-chair

Adriana Loson-Ceballos’ career as a fundraiser began during the U.S. Great Recession over a decade ago and has grown through her participation and study of the social movements that have emerged over the same period. She has developed transnational fundraising and growth positioning strategies and plans for nonprofits seeking to diversify, grow, or adapt their revenue streams to the opportunities before them.

Guff Van Vooren

Guff has been an SVP Minnesota partner since 2010. She is grateful and honored to serve SVP and the Twin Cities community as a member of the board of directors and programs committee, SVP network liaison (projects, forums, session presenter), equity team lead, and as a team member of various Investee capacity building projects.

Kenji Hosokawa

Kenji has been a partner of SVP Tokyo since 2015, working closely with three investees in particular: Pirika Inc., which provides technology-based services to combat litter; SEELS, which helps Filippino migrants in greater Tokyo by retraining them as English instructors; and NGO PLAS, which provides assistance to AIDS orphans in Africa.

Mark Jankelson

Mark is a Partner and former Board Chair of SVP Melbourne, building up the affiliate and being part of the investment committee. Mark has almost 40 years of global experience in the people management business – 14 of these at CEO level in the management consulting industry, the balance with large multinational corporations in a variety of senior human resources roles.

Paul Shoemaker, Co-chair

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.

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.

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