Sudha Nandagopal, CEO Social Venture Partners International
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.
“I am thrilled to join the SVP community as SVPI continues to expand our focus to community-driven impact. Given the scale of the challenges our communities face, it is more important than ever to learn and experiment together to democratize power and make philanthropy more accountable to those who are most impacted by systems of oppression. I look forward to collaborating and continuing to grow our movement and I am deeply appreciative of the SVPI board and staff for putting their trust in me during this pivotal moment for the organization and network.”
— Sudha Nandagopal
Read Sudha’s welcome announcement by SVP International Board Chair, search committee co-chair and SVP Seattle Partner Sofia Michelakis.