Our Leadership.

Driving change

Chief Executive Officer

Sudha Nandagopal

Sudha (she/her) is a highly regarded organizer, facilitator, strategist, and movement builder focused on democratizing systems of power and shifting power outward to those most affected by injustice and oppression. Her career includes leadership roles in strategic communications, international organizing, program design, policy creation, and political campaigns. Through this work and her leadership in social, environmental, and racial justice organizations Sudha has developed expertise in multi-sector stakeholder engagement, networks, collaborative problem solving, and building power with communities of color, immigrants, and refugees.

As Chief Executive Officer of Social Venture Partners International, Sudha cultivates and expands a philanthropic network to catalyze more resources to communities around the globe, demonstrate new ways for philanthropy to share power and wealth, and build stronger relationships between philanthropists and communities.

Prior to joining SVP International in February 2019, Sudha co-created and led the first-in-the-nation City of Seattle’s Equity & Environment Initiative, where she worked to ensure that frontline communities were at the center of environmental decision-making. This work is nationally recognized as a model for building power for communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and youth in large systems.

Sudha consults for City governments, organizations, and foundations to identify ways to shift power dynamics, and develop frameworks for collaborative governance. She’s a self-described “network nerd” and believes that network-theory based approaches are the way forward for systems change, innovation, and global collaboration. Grist Magazine recognized Sudha as one of 50 “innovators, organizers, and visionaries who will lead us toward a more sustainable future.” Sudha writes and speaks about promising innovations that are challenging the historic dynamic between philanthropy and the social change sector, creating systems change, learning through networks, power-sharing, and the importance of centering frontline expertise in all of our efforts for justice and to create communities of belonging. Puget Sound Business Journal recently recognized Sudha as one of the region’s 40 under 40 for her leadership in philanthropy and the social change sector.

Sudha graduated from Cornell University. She is the third daughter of immigrant parents from India and grew up in Spokane, WA.

Board of Directors

Adriana Loson-Ceballos

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.

Ciara Garcia

Ciara joined SVP as the CEO Of SVP Tucson in January 2016. She has more than thirteen years of experience in nonprofit leadership, with a focus on building effective teams and collaborative partnerships. Her sweet spot is growing and expanding organizations – both programs and revenue.

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.

Jennie (CJ) Arbogash

Jennie (CJ) served as the CEO of SVP Boulder County for 12 years and has been a Partner since. Having worked in the nonprofit sector since the mid-’90s, she/they is committed to creating a just world and currently serves as founder and principle of Jennie Arbogash Consulting.

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.

Madge Vasquez

Madge Vásquez is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Mission Capital. Originally from South Texas, Madge has over 25 years of private and public sector experience in community development, healthcare, philanthropy, business consulting and community engagement.

Mark Jankelson, Chair

Mark is a Partner and current 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.

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.

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.

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.

Terra Winston, Vice Chair

A long-time Partner of SVP Chicago, Terra Winston, Principal of inTerract Consulting and Ringleader of inTerractions, joins SVP International’s Board at an important moment of transition. Terra has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with 20 years of internal and external business consulting experience.

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