SVP Partners are a busy bunch! Over the last few months, eight current and former Partners were nominated for or received awards and recognition.
Savitha Reddy Pathi and Deidre McCormack Martin were listed among the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and SVP Minnesota Partner, Jeff Tollefson was recognized as a White House Champion of Change.
Lean more about each of them below!
Integral Fellows Award Nominees and Finalists
The Integral Fellows award recognizes and supports Microsoft alumni who are making meaningful differences in the daily lives of others by using their talents, time and resources to contribute to the world, whether on a local, regional, national, or global scale. We’ve highlighted the nominees who are or were SVP Partners, and you can meet all 21 nominees here.
Will Poole (Finalist) is the Seattle Founding Director of SVP Fast Pitch Seattle, which helps social entrepreneurs succeed through mentoring, capacity building, and life-changing connections. He founded the program by leveraging the concept from its nonprofit origins in Los Angeles and adding two new innovations: a youth track and a “for-profit” track, and has engaged with more than 50 partner organizations and more than 150 volunteers in the program’s first two years.
Ida Cole (Finalist) is Founding Director of Seattle Theatre Group, originally known as Seattle Landmark Association. She created STG with the initial vision of saving a beloved historic theater from demolition, and eventually transformed it into the largest cultural institution in King County. Ida believes in the common humanity we can discover through art is a cause worth saving—a cause that can unite communities and inspire every age and ethnic group.
Peter Bladin leads the Green Technology Fund at Global Partnerships, where he partners with innovative social enterprises to deliver affordable life-improving technologies that result in cost savings and less environmentally harmful lighting. Parents no longer have to choose between purchasing kerosene or paying for a sick child’s medication.
Suzi LeVine is the co-founder and chair of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences’ Advisory Board. Suzi was a driving force behind I-LABS’ strategic vision and the $26 million fundraising effort to finance research on brain development in the interest of eliminating the achievement gap created by socioeconomic factors – a journey that started at SVP!
Mary Pembroke is a leader when a leader is needed. Mary served as PNW President, member of the Honorary Council, and teacher. In addition, Mary has inspired and guided dozens of today’s philanthropic leaders to find their passion and make a powerful impact across the region and beyond.
40 Under 40
On July 22, the Puget Sound Business Journal announced its 15th class of 40 Under 40 honorees.
In their announcement, Business Journal Publisher Gordon Prouty wrote: “This year’s class joins the 560 past winners who have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in both career and community. They represent a diverse group of industries and background and demonstrate the innovation, energy and commitment that has made our region great, and will continue to make our region great moving forward.”
We’ve highlighted the honorees who are or were SVP Partners. You can meet all 40 honorees here.
Savitha Reddy Pathi is the Development Director for Climate Solutions (a past SVP Investee). For Savitha, climate change is the biggest social justice issue there is. Born in India, she knows that climate change is starting to impact people on the bottom rungs of the global economy, as rising sea levels and temperatures affect those who have few other options. “Lower-income communities could be affected more quickly and harder,” she said. “The fact is, there is even a term called climate refugees.” (Excerpt from the Puget Sound Business Journal)
Diedre McCormack Martin, is the Executive Director of Summer Search (a current SVP Investee). Her twin daughters were 8 months old when she was promoted to the position, but there was no hesitating over whether she would accept the role. “I was like, ‘OK, here we go!,’” she said. This eagerness is nothing new for high-energy McCormack Martin. She joined Summer Search as associate director in 2008 and has headed the nonprofit which provides mentoring and summer programs for low-income high school students since 2010. (Excerpt from the Puget Sound Business Journal)
White House Champions of Change
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
Jeff Tollefson was recognized this year for his role as the Executive Director of Genesys Works – Twin Cities, where he helps students break out of the poverty cycle and into the corporate world, shining a light on a path few students from low-income environments even know exists. Jeff is an SVP Minnesota Partner.