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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 »

Dylan Hall, Relationship Manager

Dylan Hall brings decades of sales, marketing, and management experience to SVP. He also has a broad range of skills and interests that connect him to Portland and the work we do at SVP Portland, including event production, community development, and project coordination. 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 »

Cristina Melinte, Encore Fellows Program Coordinator

Cristina joined SVP as our Encore Fellows Program Coordinator in June of 2022. In this role, Cristina matches Encore Fellows with nonprofit hosts organizations based on their passions, skills, and experience. Once matched, Cristina continues to work with current Fellows and their hosts to track details and provide coaching along the way. 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 »


Bob Tate, President

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 »

Larry Fox, Treasurer

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 »

Steve Fields, Secretary

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 »

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 »

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 »