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Lauren Johnson, Executive Director

Lauren joined the SVP team in February 2012 to launch the Ready for Kindergarten Collaborative, before becoming Sr. VP for Community Impact, providing strategic guidance and operational leadership for SVP’s capacity-building investments. Having proven that she can deliver on our mission and commitments to the Portland community, Lauren was selected as the new Executive Director in January of 2019. Read More »

Darren Davidson, Deputy Director

Darren joined SVP in May of 2018 as Vice President of Operations & Finance with a strong background in business management, financial analysis, process development, and information technology. Darren has worked in a variety of industries, from financing to construction. Read More »

Rose Rezai, Director of Community Impact

Rose brings more than ten years of experience with nonprofit programs serving youth and families, most recently as Deputy Director at Friends of the Children, a former SVP Portland Community Partner. Her background is extensive, including resource development and programmatic leadership, providing cross-functional strategy and alignment, and building organizational systems Read More »

Matt Little, Director of Investor Partnerships

As SVP’s Director of Investor Partnerships, Matt helps Investor Partners identify and achieve their goals for connection, learning, and impact. Through regular contact and the cultivation of authentic personal relationships, he ensures that Investor Partners are informed and engaged to the degree that provides maximum satisfaction and return on investment—both for the Partners and for SVP Portland. Read More »

Elizabeth Aguilera, Communications & Project Coordinator

Elizabeth joined SVP Portland in August of 2021 after working at the University of Portland for the past three years where she developed and executed marketing strategies. As Communications & Project Coordinator, Elizabeth helps share the inspiring stories of impact and growth through various media channels, including the website, newsletter, and social media. She also engages with Partners and supports staff success. Elizabeth has a background in education, administration, and equity work. Read More »

Mark Chapman, Controller

Mark joined the SVP team in November 2018 as our part-time Controller. He has an extensive background in helping small businesses run efficiently, with a focus on financial planning and operations. Mark will help SVP Portland establish best-in-class accounting functions and ensure that our planning and reporting allow us to make prudent internal strategy decisions. Read More »

Kaye Gardner-O'Kearny, Encore Fellow

Kaye joined SVP Portland in 2021 as an Encore Fellow.  Her fellowship is focused on helping us ensure we have a sustainable approach to providing Partners and Fellows the support they need as they collaborate across a broad range of nonprofit community partner organizations.  Read More »

Linda K. Williams, Encore Fellows Program Coordinator

Linda contracted with SVP Portland as Encore Fellows Program Coordinator in 2019. She was already familiar with the program, having been an Encore Fellow herself in the Summer of 2016 after retiring from Intel. Read More »

Sue Foley, Encore Fellows Program Coordinator

Sue contracted with SVP Portland as an Encore Fellows Program Coordinator in 2021, while still a fellow herself. Working with her teammate Linda, she focuses primarily on stewardship by working with current fellows to track details during the course of their fellowships. Read More »


Kerry McClenahan, Board Chair

In January of 2019, Kerry was reelected to the Board, and as Chair, by a unanimous vote. Kerry is dedicated to helping SVP pursue not the easiest path, but the one with greatest potential, as we navigate inevitable challenges and evaluate opportunities for leveraging our resources towards securing “Preschool for All” and ensuring the long-term wellbeing of SVP Portland. Read More »

Nicole Thibodeau, Board Treasurer

A corporate financial expert, advisor, educator, and speaker, Nicole has 30 years of experience making numbers sing, dance, and rock. She has spent her career partnering with growth-minded individuals to leverage talent, financial language, and strategies for exponential growth and success. Read More »

Paula Little, Board Secretary

Paula joins the SVP Board of Directors through her participation in SVP’s Rising Leaders for Social Change program. As the National Vice President of Development for Stand for Children, Paula comes to the board with more than 15 years of Development leadership and contemporary perspectives on nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Read More »

Bala (Sudarshan) Cadambi, Director

Bala is a deeply-engaged SVP Partner, former Encore Fellow, and Lead Partner for our early engagement with the Threads of Justice Collective, Portfolio Management Team member, and regular attendee at SVP learning and social events. Read More »

Steve Fields, Director

Steve is a deeply-engaged SVP Partner with extensive board service experience. He expands our collective skill set with significant PR/marketing/communications expertise, as well as strong business acumen, senior leadership experience, and strategic thinking skills. Read More »

Larry Fox, Director

Larry joined SVP in 2009 out of frustration with a purposeless retirement.  He joined the Board of Directors in 2010 and became Board Chair a year later... Read More »

Charlie Gilkey, Director

Charlie chose to join SVP Portland’s Board because he appreciates SVP’s preventative mission—addressing the root cause of the opportunity gap rather than the effects of that gap later in life. Read More »

Megan Irwin, Director

Megan Irwin is an early childhood education and public policy consultant and leader with 11 years of experience leading state and local policy development initiatives. Read More »

Bob Tate, Director

Bob first became a Partner in 2015 after relocating to Portland and retiring from a global career in the supply chain and R&D operations of Procter & Gamble, followed by leadership of an award-winning innovation consultancy. Read More »

Vân Truong, Ed.D., Director

Vân became a Partner in 2019 and quickly engaged, co-leading planning efforts for our 2020 Partner learning series. She is also an active and regular attendee at SVP learning & social events. Read More »