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Ciara Garcia, Chief Executive Officer

Ciara Garcia is a passionate social change leader with 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She believes in the power of relationships to transform individuals, organizations and communities. Her diverse background in operations, fund development, governance, and programming provide her with a keen understanding of how to improve internal systems and expand community impact. Read More »

Brittany Battle, Program Manager

Brittany is passionate about building community ecosystems to strengthen individuals, businesses, and communities. She joins the SVP team with experience in nonprofits, education and technology startups. Through her knowledge of team building, marketing, program implementation, and community collaboration, Brittany helped to take SVP’s Fast Pitch program to the next level in 2020, ensuring that the entire program was focused on bringing our community together around solutions. Read More »

Hattie Groskind, Development and Engagement Coordinator

Bringing her whole lifetime of involvement with the nonprofit sector, Hattie’s passion for developing relationships and exploring change through connection guides her work. She brings administration, program, event, and community outreach experience to SVP Tucson. Read More »

Alisa Hayward, Administrative and Operations Manager

Alisa is a proud Tucsonan who has a passion for the community in which she's grown up in. As a child, Alisa was involved in 2 local non-profits: Children to Children (now Tu Nidito) and the Tucson Girls Chorus. Read More »

John-Peter Wilhite, Director of Community Impact

Bringing with him over 35 years of nonprofit experience, John-Peter is the Director of Community Impact. In his work with nonprofits, he has accumulated experience as both a staff and board member. He has also helped to found two nonprofits which still thrive today. Read More »


Aaron Rottenstein, Chair

Aaron is the chair of the board of directors at Social Venture Partners Tucson. He has also served as SVPs board [...] Read More »

Howie Adams

After graduating from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1972, Howie and his wife Joanne came to Tucson where he began a dental program at a rural health clinic in Marana, Arizona with the United States Public Health Service. Read More »

Stephen Garcia

Stephen has been on the SVP Tucson Board of Directors since 2020. He has also been a member of the 2019 Fast Pitch Selection Committee and the 2020 Investment Committee. Read More »

Liz Kanter Groskind, Vice Chair

Liz serves on the SVP Tucson Board of Directors and is passionate about anti-racism work on personal and organizational levels. She brings this drive to her position as the chair of SVP Tucson’s Equity Committee. Read More »

Peggy Goulding

Originally from Chicago, as a dietitian/nutritionist, Peggy has worked for over 40 years in the food and health care business. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including Senior Meals, a local library and the University of Illinois Extension Board. Read More »

Eric Kutchner, Secretary

Eric is an SVP partner and member of the SVP Tucson Board of Directors, and in addition he serves on an advisory team and as a coach. Read More »

Sara Long

Sara Long has served on the SVP Tucson Board of Directors since 2018. She is also the chair of SVP’s Connectors Committee, helping to share the impact of SVP and experience of being a Partner throughout Tucson. Read More »

Anne Maley, Treasurer

Anne is SVP Tucson’s past board chair (2019-21), and she continues to serve on the board of directors. Originally from Massachusetts, Anne moved to Tucson nearly 30 years ago to work for the Shanti Foundation, and helped merged the three AIDS organizations to create what is now the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation in 1997.  Read More »

Koren Sherrick

Koren joined the SVP Tucson board of directors in 2020, and serves as a coach and a member of the Fast Pitch selection committee. At SVP Tucson she has been on the investment committee and has served as Fast Pitch mentor. Read More »

Cristie Street

Cristie Street co-founded Nextrio eighteen years ago and serves as the managing partner of this Tucson-based IT consulting firm of more than 50 IT professionals. Read More »

Allison Vaillancourt

Allison Vaillancourt has been on the SVP Tucson Board of Directors since 2020. She is a Co-Lead Partner for the Make Way for Books Advisory Team, one of SVP’s CEO coaches, and the leader of SVP’s HR Taskforce. Read More »