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Emiko Atherton, Executive Director

Emiko is the Executive Director for SVP Seattle, supporting and guiding the staff and board as they continue to partner with others to create a Puget Sound region where everyone thrives regardless of income or race. Read More »

Heather Hardin, Director of Partner Engagement

Heather leads SVP’s effort to grow its team of committed Partners and ensure that Partner experiences are transformative and impactful. Heather brings over 20 years of experience working on a wide range of issues including healthcare; environmental, racial, and economic justice; and LGBTQ rights. Read More »

Jenny Gerber, Sr. Manager, Finance & Operations

Jenny manages SVP’s internal functions, working with the staff and Board to ensure sound financial management and [...] Read More »

Zach Grossnickle, Manager of Development and Communications

Zach is leading the communications and special events efforts at SVP to engage Partners and elevate Investees. Zach looks to utilize engaging storytelling and interactive events to activate others to become more connected to their communities and join in socially impactful solutions. Read More »

Janna Rolland, Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship Director

Janna Rolland has served as lead facilitator and program director of the Northwest Conservation Philanthropy Fellowship since its inception in 2012. She has over twenty-five years of experience in building the capacity of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, as an executive director, organizational development consultant, and facilitator. Read More »

SVP Board

Bob Woods, Board Chair

Bob joined SVP Seattle with his wife Megan in 2016 to invest in the Greater Seattle community, including through skills-based volunteering with SVP Investees. He is the Office Managing Partner (OMP) for PwC's Seattle office and is proud of PwC's leadership in the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion.  Read More »

Christine Chang, Board Secretary

Christine joined Social Venture Partners in 2005, transitioning to the non-profit sector from a career in product management at Microsoft. Christine and her husband Steve Bush live on the Eastside, and both are active volunteers at their daughters’ schools. Read More »

Debbie Newell, Board Treasurer

Debbie spent her career in IT project management with a focus on energy research, retail and marketing at MPSI, EPRI, and Gap Inc. She has also been very active as board member and treasurer at French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS). She served on SVP's K-12 grant committee in 2014/15 and subsequently became the Lead Partner for Community in Schools Seattle. Read More »

Ruby Love, Board Vice Chair

Ruby Love is a transformational business leader. She is an entrepreneur and strategist known for advocating for socially responsible business and community organizations. Read More »

Alexa Carver

Alexa Carver is a non-profit consultant in Seattle who specializes in strategic planning and board development consulting. She currently sits on three boards of education related non-profits. Alexa has her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Masters in Not-for-profit Leadership from Seattle University. Read More »

Brad Brickman

Brad Brickman is returning to work on his core beliefs from a 40-year career in new ventures and startups. He believes a vibrant economy can only be sustained with equitable social systems and enterprise for people from all walks of life. Brad aspires to increase investment in education, good jobs, and social systems that create healthful outcomes for all communities but in particular for women, people of color, and those who have been historically marginalized. Read More »

Dave Thompson

Dave is, by nature, a “builder”, with a passion for building and working with teams and people to help them achieve their goals and mission. His involvement in SVP is fueled by his own passion for equal opportunity for all and a belief in the power of individuals investing in their community. Read More »

Jane Harvey

Jane Harvey is an attorney and community advocate, who is energized by community-based efforts at the intersection of equity and the environment. At the Sightline Institute, Jane focuses on democracy reform and served on the policy and legal drafting teams for I-122, the Honest Elections Seattle Initiative. Read More »

Jon Kauffman

Jon has been a SVP partners since 2005. Jon was a software engineer at Microsoft for more than twenty years, where [...] Read More »

Robert White

Robert A. White is a 20-year Army veteran that currently serves as the VP of Internal Relations for Minority Veterans of America (MVA), which is dedicated to changing the narrative of the American military veteran.

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