With more than 3,400 philanthropists in more than 40 cities around the world, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors.
In Los Angeles, we have nearly 100 Partners. Ranging from entrepreneurs to corporate veterans, from financial managers to nonprofit leaders, and from those with family foundation to people just beginning to explore their giving potential. Some of us work full-time in our careers, some part-time, and others work full-time as philanthropists.
And the list goes on.
Every story is different, but each is fueled by a series of connections. That’s the beauty of the SVP network. You never know who you will connect with and how it will help you grow.
If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet these folks.
Meet Some of Our Partners…
Linda Haley is an experienced Fast Pitch Coach and SVPLA partner. She is retired from a career as an international transactional attorney. She is a long-standing member of the board of directors of GBC International Bank, which specializes in financing businesses involved in international trade and investment, and is a founder and trustee of the bank’s GBC Community Foundation. She is active in community and non-profit organizations, particularly focusing on organizations in Long Beach, where she has made her home for 40+ years. She is a trustee of the CSULB 49er Foundation, a board member of the CSULB University Art Museum and a member of the CSULB School of Nursing Steering Committee.
Sam Rotter is a Results Quantitative Specialist with The Capital Group Companies where he applies quantitative and metrics-based methods to the analysis and understanding of investment results. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Business Systems Analyst developing custom technology solutions to help automate complex operational processes. As a Los Angeles native, he has a long standing interest in the local non-profit ecosystem, but is also interested in the principles and methods applied to philanthropy in general. Mr. Rotter has been a partner with SVP since 2011, during which time he has worked on a variety of projects with investees and is currently working with a team of partners to update the SVP reinvestment and portfolio review processes.
Alina Sanchez is CEO of MLabs Inc., a marketing consulting firm that specializes in strategy, communications planning and analysis. She and her team of consultants are the trusted advisors of executives and teams focused on high impact, innovative projects. Clients include 20th Century Fox, Adobe, Microsoft, SanDisk, Sony and SunPower as well as start-ups and nonprofit organizations.
As Co-founder and CMO of Wild Poppy, an organic beverage company sold in 1K+ locations across the country, she created the company name to capture the California spirit that the brand embodies. She leads marketing and operations. Alina and her team are keenly focused on moving this well-loved brand from where it is today, into the emerging iconic Wild Poppy brand it is becoming.
Alina was a founding Partner of the Bay Area Peninsula SVP chapter in 2002. She’s been an SVPLA Partner since 2012 and in this role has been a Fast Pitch coach, as well as a coach for CNN Heroes, the Honda Foundation, the Philanthropitch and the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Living Progress Challenge. She is a Trustee of La Sierra University where she is Chair of the Trusteeship (Executive) Committee and Board Vice-chair. She is also member of the Zapara School of Business Advisory Board.
Elliott is the Founder of EmptyLegMarket and Sun Polish. He also chairs the junior board for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) which teaches youth mainly from underserved communities the skill-sets necessary to become entrepreneurs to write their own destinies and become their own CEOs. He has an MBA from USC and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dina Silver has been an SVP Partner since June 2004. Dina is President of Pegasus Coaching Group, Inc. which provides customized executive and team coaching to talented managers and executives who need a catalyst to rise above challenges and move to the next level. Her work focuses on enhancing management and leadership skills, working to develop sustaining high performance teams within organizations and helping companies shift their cultures so that employees are respected and valued. Prior to her coaching work, Dina spent 15 years in the entertainment industry, first as President of Midwest Film Productions producing independent feature films, and then as an independent producer creating educational interactive programming.
Ellen Sloan consults with non-profits and philanthropists to promote social innovation. She assists nonprofits to develop or that have developed sustainable revenue models that are congruent with the social mission of the organization. She is particularly interested in models and systems that can be replicated and/or scaled up. Ellen graduated from Occidental College with an AB degree in biochemistry. She earned an MBA degree from University of Southern California. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Among Ellen’s many philanthropic endeavors, she is on the boards of the Women’s Foundation of California and FirstStar, the advisory board of REDF and an active partner with LASVP.
Sierra Smith has worked in the nonprofit sector in Chicago and Los Angeles for over a decade. With a background in theater and animal welfare, Sierra has held positions in community outreach, higher education, program development and nonprofit management. Sierra is Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, teaching cultural diversity in the MA in Psychology Department, and is the former External Relations Manager for the MA in Nonprofit Management Department. Sierra is the Executive Director of Open Paths Counseling Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the ever-evolving mental health needs of diverse communities. Prior to this, Sierra has served as the Manager of Outreach and Engagement for the African American Board Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization that trains African American professionals for leadership positions on governing boards and commissions. Sierra served for two years as the Chair of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Committee, and is a board member with the nonprofit economic development firm, Economic Resources Corporation. She holds an MA in Organizational Management from Antioch University and a BA in Theater Arts from CSU Northridge.
Brad Sparks is the Director of KPMG International’s Global Green Initiative, the firm’s global climate change strategy. Prior to this role, Brad served as a Director with KPMG’s Global Sustainability Services practice, assisting clients implementing sustainability strategies and corporate responsibility reporting. He also assisted clients with corporate ethics issues, including financial investigations and fraud risk management. Brad joined LASVP as an Associate Partner in September 2008. He received an MBA with a focus in Sustainable Enterprise from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Accounting from Appalachian State University. Brad, his wife Maureen, and their two children reside in El Segundo.
Charlie Steinmetz became a SVPLA Partner in 2010. Charlie is passionate about the issues of literacy and youth development, and was motivated to join LASVP in order to make a difference in these and other issues. A graduate of Santa Clara University and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, in 2011 he was named one of the 100 Most Inspiring UCLA Anderson Alumni. His diverse volunteer background includes tutoring for literacy organizations, serving on nonprofit boards, and serving as the president of a grantmaking organization. He is keenly interested in archeology and also spends his time swimming and golfing.
Larry Stern is a Former Chief Financial Officer of 30 years with a Real Estate Property Management and Investment Company. Larry is semi-retired right now and grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA undergraduate and Law School. Larry practiced law for about 30 days. After law school he moved to Oregon and worked in non-profit socially conscious organizations for ten years. Larry eventually moved back to Los Angeles in 1980 and started his career in Real Estate. Larry wants his next chapter in life to be involved with non-profit work.
Nicholas works at America Chung Nam, the largest exporter in the U.S., as a corporate development analyst. He is responsible for overseeing numerous projects and initiatives to improve the organization’s scale and efficiency. Prior to this position, he served as a Consultant for KPMG in Hong Kong, specializing in FinTech and Risk Management. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014. Since moving to Los Angeles at the start of 2017, Nicholas has been seeking a non-profit to better the local community and discovered SVP LA. Now he utilizes his experience as a Consultant and passion for venture projects to help SVP.
Liz Vogel serves as the Los Angeles Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves, a global non-profit organization that aims to combat bigotry and hatred through education. Using history as a vehicle to illuminate essential questions about human behavior, Facing History students learn to be upstanders rather than bystanders in shaping our future. As Executive Director, Liz leads her team as they train and support teachers and students in close to 1,000 middle and high schools across Southern California. Liz also leads public programming, fundraising and visibility efforts, finding creative ways to engage the entertainment industry in support of Facing History's mission. Liz's early career included an internship in The White House, a job managing 1,200 volunteers for the ESPN Summer X Games in San Francisco, and a few stints at tech start-ups, including one of the earliest social media companies (pre-Facebook/Twitter).
Below is our complete list of Partners:
Ashley Bennett Boardman