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…
About: Entrepreneur | CEO |Board Chair | Dad |Hiker | Peloton-obsessed | Northwestern University Alum | Coro Alum | Echoing Green Alum
Committed Causes: Nonprofit Leadership, Child Welfare
About: Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group media and technology industries | Previously worked as a television producer and worked on The Biggest Loser and other shows for major networks including NBC, ABC, and FOX | MBA at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, where she was selected as a Siebel Scholar | BA in Communication (Radio/TV/Film)
About: Senior VP of Impact for United Way Worldwide. Leads design and development of programmatic strategies for the United Way network in the U.S. and internationally | Extensive experience in philanthropy | Previous VP of Programs; Director of responsive grant making & senior program officer.
Committed Causes: Improve the education, income and health of vulnerable families.
About: Wendy Colman Levin, MPH, Ph.D., is a Lecturer at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health where she teaches Public Speaking Mastery | Involved in the Speak Up! Advocates program at the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) | Member of the Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness | Curates the traveling Faces Of Homelessness: Bringing Our Neighbors Home For Good art exhibit.
Committed Causes: Homelessness
About: Advocate | Trainer | Consultant | Compassionate | Traveler | a "Try something new" and "Get things done" kind of person
Committed Causes: Foster children and youth | Stop the flow of former foster kids into homelessness, child trafficking and the prison system
About: President & CEO of Chrysalis sin 2009 | Prior Vice President of Chrysalis Enterprises, a group of social enterprise businesses that provide transitional jobs for Chrysalis clients | B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the UC Davis and a Masters in International Business from George Washington University | SVP Board member
About: Business and Marketing consultant | Inquisitive researcher | Nature lover | Hiker | Political activist
Committed Causes: Preventing homelessness | Addressing Income/opportunity inequality
About: J.D. with a culinary degree | Nonprofit and Strategic Planning Consultant | lifelong student (always enrolled in a class somewhere!) | Curious traveler | Will run for food | History nerd
Committed Causes: Equity issues in their myriad forms, food system reform
About: Was in the 11th class of women to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point | 9 years as an Army officer | 4th woman to gain admission into a Top Secret Special Mission Unit | After resigning her commission to no longer have to lie about being gay, she founded Knights Out | Led 100,000 Homes Campaign | Managing Director of The Billions Institute
Committed Causes: Training leaders in the social sector how to scale their solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
About: Joined SVPLA as a partner in April 2012 | LA native | BA in English Literature from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor | Grants Manager for the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation.
About: Founder and President, Technical Connections recruiting firm | Founder and Chair, LA Giving Circle | MS Computer Science | MBA Finance | Traveler, the more exotic the better | Theater goer | Reader | X - NYer
Committed Causes: Pay gap | Women's Issues
About: Artist | Community Organizer | Chair a Photography Department at NYFA | Art Collector | Vegetarian | Dog lover
Committed Causes: Prison Abolition, Tenants Rights and rent control, Transgender Rights
About: Principal at RALLY| BA in Public Policy from Brown University | Juris Doctorate from the UC Hastings College of the Law | A mentor through Brown University’s Women’s Launch Pad program | Enjoys Hiking, trying to beat her husband in tennis + keeping up with her two young boys | Partner since 2018
Committed Causes: Hillary is adept at simplifying complex advocacy challenges and transforming them into actionable, results-focused campaigns.
About: Serial entrepreneur | Activist | Business Owner | Executive Producer of POC Queer Films | Unprofessional Astrologer | Baking | Basketball | Artist
Committed Causes: Patriarchal Violence
About: Nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for 18+ years | several entry-to-executive-level roles, leading capacity building, education advocacy and social justice initiatives | Managed multi-million-dollar grant-making portfolios in the United States and abroad | Pioneered capacity building programs, professional development and organizational initiatives
Committed Causes: Advancing social justice through expanding educational, economic and political opportunity for people of color.
About: SVPLA partner since January 2007 | 30+ years in public education | Attended University of Illinois Grad School | Previously worked Children’s Research Center | Resource Specialist with the Santa Monica Schools.
About: Lawyer and mediator | Trust Research Specialist at US Trust, Bank of America | JD from the University of San Diego School of Law | Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego Law Review | BA summa cum laude from UC San Diego | SVP partner since 2016 | Co-Chair of the 2018 Social Innovation Fast Pitch | Currently hosts the SVP Book Club |
About: Results Quantitative Specialist with The Capital Group Companies | Business Systems Analyst developing custom technology solutions to help automate complex operational processes | Los Angeles native | SVPLA partner since 2011
Committed Causes: local non-profit ecosystem also interested in the principles and methods applied to philanthropy in general
About: CEO of MLabs Inc., | Co-founder and CMO of Wild Poppy | Marketing & Operations | Founding Partner of the Bay Area Peninsula SVP chapter in 2002 | Trusteeship (Executive) Committee of La Sierra University | Member of the Zapara School of Business Advisory Board | SVPLA Partner since 2012 and Board Vice-Chair
Social causes: Environment, Social Justice & Re-entry from prison and homelessness
About: Founder of EmptyLegMarket and Sun Polish | 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 | MBA from USC | B.S. in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
About: Nonprofit Consultant | Social Sector Consultant | Capacity Builder | Social Justice Enabler | Mama bear | Oenophile | Hugger
Committed Causes: Homelessness, Racial Justice, Women's Rights, Systemic Inequity
About: Master Certified Executive Coach | Board Member of WIJABA “The World is Just a Book Away” | Sing Alto/Tenor w/ GoldenBridge Community Choir | Mother of two grown-ups |
Committed Causes: Environment, Women’s Right to Choice, Voting Rights
About: SVPLA Partner since 2010 | Graduate of Santa Clara University and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management | 2011 he was named one of the 100 Most Inspiring UCLA Anderson Alumni | He enjoys archeology and also spends time swimming and golfing.
Committed Causes: Issues of literacy and youth development | tutoring for literacy organizations | serving on nonprofit boards | grant making organizations
About: LA Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves | 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).