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Welcome New SVP Partners!

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Since last spring, SVP has welcomed more than 30 new partners and three new corporate partners! Meet a few of them below and stay tuned for more bios.

Dirk Van Velzen

Dirk is passionate about prisoner education. While incarcerated himself, through distance education, he graduated in the upper 1% of his class at Penn State, with degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership. Seeing that many others would walk a similar path, Dirk founded the Prison Scholar Fund (PSF) and from behind bars raised $60,000, enough funds to support 110 incarcerated students. Read More »

Gloris Estrella

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Gloris grew up in the Bronx, where she cultivated a passion for cross-sector collaboration and collective impact. Before moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance a few years ago, she worked at the Institute of International Education as a program officer for the Foreign Fulbright Department. Read More »

Ivan Barron

Ivan is a Lecturer and Assistant Director at the University of Washington Foster School Of Business. In this role, he designs and leads management education programs for business entrepreneurs and graduate students. Prior to joining the Foster School, Ivan worked as both a consultant and a director for a variety of national organizations, including the U.S. Congress, IDEO, The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, College Summit, Harvard Business School, The Pahara-Aspen Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read More »

Natasha Rivers

Natasha Rivers is the district demographer for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) in the Enrollment Planning Department. In this role, she provides research and data analysis on the evolving city and the impact on schools in neighborhoods across the district. Read More »

Therese Caouette

Therese is the Southeast Asia Regional Advisor for Partners Asia, which provides small community grants to marginalized communities in Myanmar and neighboring countries. She has worked with refugees, migrants, and displaced persons in Southeast Asia for more than 30 years, bringing together community-based organizations, international bodies, foundations, and academic institutions. Read More »

Tom Berquist

Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with BECU since 1994. Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with BECU since 1994. Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with BECU since 1994. Tom leads BECU’s marketing, co-op affairs, affinity, and strategic planning efforts. Read More »

Welcome New Corporate Partners!

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Full List of New Partners — More Bios Coming Soon!

Anne Yoon
Sara Moorehead
Bob and Megan Woods
Brian Cadousteau
Brock & Mary Pat Mansfield
Yoon Shin
Chris Wierzbicki
Cluny McCaffrey
Deborah Black and Jim Stewart
Dirk Van Velzen
Eric Zhang
Faisal Jama
Gloris Estrella
Heather & Eric Redman
Ivan Barron
Katie and Brian Boland
Lane Powell
Carey Crutcher Smith
Luna Wang & Micah Truman
Megan Trainer
Natasha Rivers
Dan Dixon
Rebecca Cronin
Therese Caouette
Xiao Wang & Lisa Flores


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