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February 4, 2016

Lean into SV2 Leadership

Did you know that at any one time roughly one third of SV2’s 200+ Partners put their hands up to serve as active volunteer leaders? Check out a number of these impressive leaders here.

Central to what makes SV2 work so well are the many Partners who “power” our SV2 community through their leadership. Some of these volunteer roles include:

  • Leading Grant Rounds, Impact Investment Rounds and Lightning Grant Rounds
  • Serving as Lead Partner liaisons to Grantees
  • Offering “Beyond the Dollars” support to Grantees
  • Spearheading SV2 Kids Family Service activities
  • Hosting educational programming and social events
  • Supporting SV2 Partner recruiting and NextGen efforts
  • Serving on SV2’s Board of Directors and its various committees
Click here for more information about each role. Each leader is supported by the SV2 staff team.
If you are a new or veteran Partner interested in a meaningful volunteer leadership role at SV2, please contact SV2’s Chief Relationship Officer Lisa Van Dusen (

In particular, if you are interested in throwing your hat into the ring to lead one of the Grant Rounds next year, please let SV2’s Interim Assistant Director of Grantmaking, Jody Chang ( know by March 15. We’d like to hear from you sooner than later to assist with planning.

Calling future SV2 Board members!

The SV2 Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we have seats on the Board to be filled this Spring. There will be an open application process – any Partner who is interested in serving on the SV2 Board should fill out the Statement of Interest form, which you can access and download here.

If you are interested in applying, please email your completed form to SV2 Board Secretary, Diane Parnes (, by April 5, 2016. The Nominating & Governance Committee will review all Statements of Interest in May and will be in touch with applicants individually at that time. New Board members will attend a Board orientation over the summer, and begin serving on the Board in Fall 2016.

If you have any questions about the application process, Board service, or specifics of SV2’s 2014-17 Strategic Plan, please do not hesitate to contact Bill Brownell ( 

Meet the staff team

Do you ever have a question about an SV2 matter but do not know whom to ask about it? Whether you’re curious about engaging in grantmaking, impact investing and educational programming at SV2 including Teens or Kids opportunities, referring new Partners to SV2, donating to support SV2’s work, submitting a feature for our community enewsletter or understanding more about the dozens of leadership opportunities available to Partners, our staff team is committed to making your experience with SV2 smooth and meaningful.

Carrie Boyle – Operations Manager – Carrie handles the day-to-day operations of SV2. Her responsibilities include events coordination, accounting, office and facilities management, tech support, and new and renewing Partner services.  Bio | LinkedIn |

Ashley Clark – Director of Communications & Community Operations – Ashley leads SV2’s internal and external communications, including branding and marketing activities, SV2’s twice-monthly eNewsletters and events emails, website, and social media. Ashley also spearheads and produces SV2’s major special events, including all-community gatherings in the Spring and Fall, and supports key internal community operations, including Partner outcomes surveys, creation of the Impact Report, and management of the my.SV2 collaboration platform.

Elizabeth Dodson – Director of Grantmaking & Grantee Impact – Elizabeth spearheads SV2’s grantmaking programming, including traditional Grant Rounds and new Lightning Rounds, and Beyond the Dollars support activities for SV2 Grantees -- all in coordinated effort with dozens of volunteer Partner leaders. She also supports special projects and programming, including SV2’s new pilot Impact Investment Round, SV2 Teens, and international service learning trips.

Jen Ratay - Executive Director – Jen works with SV2’s Board of Directors to steward organization-wide vision, strategy, and culture, leads staff recruiting and development, oversees SV2’s impact framework and measurement, manages SV2’s budget and finances with the Board’s Finance Committee, and engages in external relations and field leadership on behalf of SV2, including speaking and media requests and sector collaboration. Jen adds her program content expertise through supporting ongoing and new pilot programming, including SV2’s impact investing initiative. Bio | LinkedIn |

Lisa Van Dusen – Chief Relationship Officer – Lisa is the primary point person for all new Partner recruiting, onboarding and ongoing relationships to ensure a positive and rewarding Partner experience. Additionally, Lisa oversees Partner and Grantee learning programs, including Deep Dive skill-building workshops, Springboard Learning Sessions, New Partner Circles and SV2 Kids family service-learning programming, as well as various external relations such as strategic ally, media and revenue diversification activities. Bio | LinkedIn |

This year, the core staff team is fortunate to be joined by two talented women serving SV2 in fixed-term roles:

Partner and SV2 Board member Jody Chang has been serving as Assistant Director of Grantmaking, overseeing SV2’s Grantmaking and working with Grantees in a part-time capacity while Elizabeth Dodson is on parental leave.

Andie Taylor is serving as SV2’s Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Rising Leader Fellow, supporting our Grant and Impact Investment Rounds, communications, Partner engagement, NextGen efforts, and SV2 Teens programming. Bio | LinkedIn |

Ready for lightning?

Get ready for some lightning-fast learning and impact as we prepare for this spring’s Lightning Grant Round, which will be held in May and focus on the Environment. This lighter touch, shorter duration grantmaking experience will take place over one month, and will involve individual work and two group meetings. Keep your eyes out for more details on dates and sub-topic focus, which we will announce in March. If you would like to learn more or know now that you’d like to participate, please email Jody Chang at

Partners, have you filled out your profile?

my.SV2 is our just-launched online hub for the SV2 community. To ensure that we all get the most out of this platform that many Partners and staff have worked hard to build for our community, we request that each Partner to take a few minutes to fill out his or her my.SV2 unique Partner profile today. The my.SV2 digital directory becomes powerful when our community members have filled out their social impact areas of interest, contact information, and relevant skills and experience. If for any reason you still need a password to access my.SV2, click here. Please reach out to Ashley Clark ( with any questions.

SVP Leadership Retreat in April

Join SV2 Board members, fellow Partners and staff this April for the 2016 Social Venture Partners Leadership Retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona where we’ll explore how addressing inequities in our communities can accelerate our positive impact. By deepening our understanding of systemic and unconscious biases, we anticipate increasing our ability to identify and take action when we see inequity in our own work processes and in our local communities.

WhoSV2 staff, Board members, Lead Partners, emerging Partner leaders and any other interested Partners!!

What: 2016 SVP Leadership Retreat

Where: Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Arizona

When: April 25-26, 2016

You can register here. For more details, check out the SVP website.

Poverty, Inc. movie screening & discussion

We would like are trying to determine if there is Partner interest in viewing the Poverty, Inc. film and having a discussion afterwards. The documentary, about international aid and nonprofits, has won 11 film festival awards (trailer and plot synopsis here).

Please tell us how likely you would be to attend the event by completing this one question survey by Sunday, Feb. 7.

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