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Staff & Board

Below is a list of our staff. If you are looking for a staff member at one of our affiliate organizations, you can find them here.

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Cathy Lehman, Chief Operating Officer

Cathy joined SVPI in June 2017 and works with the CEO to ensure that all programs, operations, communications and development functions of SVPI are aligned for greatest efficiency, effectiveness and impact, and that our team is cohesive and highly functioning. Read More »

Danielle Sherman, Director of Development

Danielle is a skilled fundraiser who brings deep experience in the philanthropy sector. To date, her work has centered on how philanthropy can drive social change and promote equity and justice. Read More »

Emily Reitman, Program Director

Emily manages a variety of affiliate-focused SVP programs including affiliate-support technology, an executive director cohort, and an impact investing task force. Read More »

Megan Stull Riel, Salesforce Administrator

For her entire adult life, Megan has worked or volunteered for nonprofit service organizations — and in multiple [...] Read More »

Sudha Nandagopal, Chief Executive Officer

Sudha Nandagopal is a connector, organizer, strategist, and community builder working at the intersection of racial and social justice. She focuses on examining systems of power and shifting power outward to those most affected by issues of inequity and injustice. Read More »

Yvonne Chang, Operations & Special Projects Manager

Yvonne joined SVPI in November 2017 as a contract employee from SVP Seattle. She officially joined the SVPI team as the Operations & Special Projects Manager in May 2019, focusing on organizational operations, CEO support, and a variety of different projects.  Read More »

Board of Directors

Bill Brownell

Bill is the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) Board Chair and new to the SVPI Board of Directors in January of 2018. He leads the Executive Committee and serves on the Finance and Grantmaking Committees. Bill sees his biggest contribution at SV2 being development and execution of a strategic plan. Read More »

Ciara Garcia

Ciara joined SVP as the CEO Of SVP Tucson in January 2016. She has more than thirteen years of experience in nonprofit leadership, with a focus on building effective teams and collaborative partnerships. Her sweet spot is growing and expanding organizations – both programs and revenue. Read More »

Daniel Tisch

Daniel Tisch is President and CEO of Argyle Communications, one of Canada’s largest and most respected independent public relations firms. Dan is the Emeritus and a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Toronto. Read More »

Ganesh Natarajan

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Founder of 5F World, a platform dedicated to investment and mentoring of start-ups, skills platforms and social enterprises. He is also Chairman of Pune City Connect and Social Venture Partners Pune and a Co-Founder and Chairman of Global Talent Track. Read More »

Guff Van Vooren

Guff has been an SVP Minnesota partner since 2010. She is grateful and honored to serve SVP and the Twin Cities community as a member of the board of directors and programs committee, SVP network liaison (projects, forums, session presenter), equity team lead, and as a team member of various Investee capacity building projects. Read More »

Irv Cohen

Irv is a founding Partner and current Board Chair of SVP Tampa Bay. He supports the development of the venture capital and entrepreneurial community in Florida through a defined mix of strategy and execution, assembling strategic partnerships and mentoring leaders. Read More »

Jennie Arbogash

Jennie has been SVP Boulder’s Executive Director for the past 10 years, providing strong leadership and developing a growing affiliate known for “innovating with rigor”. Jennie has strong relationships throughout SVP and is a respected, trusted resource. Read More »

Keith Kegley

Keith Kegley began his career writing software for IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows. He has since become a technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He currently serves as president at Ufora, Inc., a data science engineering company that is developing a cloud-based successor to computing and research products like Matlab, R, Mathematica and SAS. Read More »

Kenji Hosokawa

Kenji has been a partner of SVP Tokyo since 2015, working closely with three investees in particular: Pirika Inc., which provides technology-based services to combat litter; SEELS, which helps Filippino migrants in greater Tokyo by retraining them as English instructors; and NGO PLAS, which provides assistance to AIDS orphans in Africa. Read More »

Larry Fox

Larry Fox has been a Partner of SVP Portland since 2009 and joined the Board there in 2011. He has served twice on the Investment Team and currently serves on the Community Impact Committee. In the past he served for three years as a Lead Partner on the investment in Listen To Kids. Read More »

Lily Tung

Lily has been a partner of SVP Beijing since 2016.  Prior to moving into social sector, Lily was the Managing Director of OgilvyOne Beijing, a digital and customer relationship management communications unit of Ogilvy & Mather.  Read More »

Mario Ribera

Mario Ribera grew up in Bolivia and is currently Vice President, Latin America, for Expedia. Mario brings nearly two decades of experience in technology and growing international businesses to the SVP network. Read More »

Mark Jankelson

Mark is a Partner and current Board Chair of SVP Melbourne, building up the affiliate and being part of the investment committee. Mark has almost 40 years of global experience in the people management business – 14 of these at CEO level in the management consulting industry, the balance with large multinational corporations in a variety of senior human resources roles. Read More »

Max Scoular

Max Scoular is the founder and chairman of PierceGray, an executive search firm specializing in transformational leadership roles for private equity companies. Prior to PierceGray, he founded XG2, a provider of advisory, benchmarking and executive roundtable services for supply chain leaders in the energy industry. Read More »

Mike Cadigan

Having served SVP Seattle in a number of roles over the past 8 years, and with the board chair role ending June 2018, I have started thinking about what is next on my SVP journey and where I can be of further value to SVP. Read More »

Paul Shoemaker

Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of SVPI and was SVP Seattle's Executive Director for 17 years. With insights from this unique vantage point, he is a leading expert on activating social change agents and a global thought leader on how individuals can be the most effective philanthropists. Read More »

Robin Minick

Robin Minick is an experienced senior executive with extensive legal, real estate and both profit and non-profit Board credentials. A central theme in her business experiences is her ability to move in at the ground floor, identify issues and leverage points, cohesively rally the team to her vision of success, and implement the way forward. Read More »

Sandra Hughes

Sandy joined SVP Cincinnati in 2011 and served as Board Chair from 2014-2016, leading the affiliate through a very successful growth strategy and implementation: 39 to 62 partners in one year. Sandy has also filled roles as Co-Lead Partner, Investee Relations Committee Leader and SVPI Network Liaison, as well as contributed to SVPI Strategic Planning, Membership and Education, and Innovation Committees. Read More »

Sofia Michelakis | Chair

Sofia Michelakis became SVPI's Board Chair in January of 2018. A Northwest native, she has been connected to SVP for some time now, primarily through her role as SVP's Director of Philanthropy Development. Read More »