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Jennifer Ratay, Executive Director

Jen joined SV2 as Executive Director in 2013. Jen is a seasoned grantmaker and nonprofit management expert who has 15 years experience serving a variety of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining SV2, Jen worked for six years as a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she led the Foundation’s multi-million dollar Organizational Effectiveness grants program that helps U.S. and international grantees strengthen their management, leadership, and impact. She has held leadership positions at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, consulted to the Aspen Institute, and worked for a U.S. Congressman, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the United Nations. Jen holds a master's degree from Princeton University focused on international development and a bachelor’s degree in government and environmental studies from Dartmouth College. She has also trained as a leadership coach. More

Lisa Van Dusen, Director of Partner Engagement & External Relations

Lisa leads SV2's Partner recruitment, orientation, ongoing engagement and education, as well as SV2's external relations. She joined SV2 in August 2013 and brings a 25-year career spanning marketing, media, business development, social innovation and leadership development. Lisa helped create breakthrough business models at two Silicon Valley media ventures - at the Palo Alto Weekly, she helped make this the first newspaper to publish its entire contents on the Web and led Palo Alto Online; and at Cable Co-op, a subscriber-owned cable franchise, she helped introduce novel data transmission technologies.

Most recently, Lisa relaunched and co-directed Leadership Palo Alto, a leadership development program for emerging civic leaders. In addition, she created First Person, a video interview series with Silicon Valley trailblazers. A life-long environmentalist and arts advocate, Lisa serves on the boards of the Carbon Zero Institute and the Palo Alto Art Center, as well as on the Palo Alto Innovation Council. She has held leadership positions at a wide range of nonprofit and civic organizations, including Planned Parenthood, Free The Children and Friends of the River. She holds an A.B. from Brown University and a certificate in Innovation Leadership from California College of the Arts.

Elizabeth Dodson, Director of Grantmaking & Grantee Impact

Elizabeth manages SV2's grantmaking activities, suite of "assistance beyond-the-dollars" work, and special projects. She works closely with SV2's Grant Round Leaders, Lead Partners, and Grantee board and staff leadership teams to support their work and help amplify their learning and impact. Elizabeth became part of the SV2 team in September 2013, bringing a variety of advisory experience in the social sector. Before joining SV2 Elizabeth was a consultant at the Bridgespan Group, a strategy consulting firm that works with social sector organizations to help scale impact, build leadership, and advance philanthropic effectiveness. In addition, Elizabeth has advised social sector organizations and philanthropists as an attorney in the Exempt Organizations group at Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP. Elizabeth's volunteer work has ranged from teaching ballet to young girls in Harlem to now serving on the board of directors of La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco, where she's a member of the strategic planning committee. Elizabeth has a B.A. in Politics and Journalism from New York University and a J.D. from Harvard Law

Ashley Clark, Communications & Program Manager 

Ashley leads SV2's marketing and communications activities. She oversees community-wide communications, supports Partner recruitment and engagement efforts, spearheads SV2's major community-wide events, and various other programs, communications, and operations functions. Ashley joined SV2 in August 2014, and brings a diverse skill set in marketing, communications, social media, and operations. Before joining SV2, Ashley consulted with a number of Bay Area non-profits on strategic projects as varied as designing a roadmap to improve social impact to leveraging social media to deepen community relationships and reach new audiences. Prior to her transition to the non-profit sector, Ashley ran operations at, a mid-stage consumer tech startup. She also spent time in marketing at Procter & Gamble and Sun Products where she worked to reinvigorate several household brands. Ashley began her career as an analyst in asset and wealth management at JPMorganChase. She has a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Carrie Boyle, Operations Coordinator

Carrie manages the day-to-day operations of SV2. She keeps the office running smoothly and works closely with the SV2 team to provide administrative and logistical support for SV2 programming. Carrie became a part of the SV2 team in August 2014, bringing a passion for nonprofit operations. Prior to joining SV2, Carrie worked for Bread for the City, a front-line agency providing a wide range of critical services in Washington, D.C. She worked first as an office coordinator  in their legal clinic and then as a project consultant, where she provided administrative support for grant applications and researched and wrote new policies to help grow Bread for the City's organizational infrastructure. Carrie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College.

SV2 propels me towards 'Being the change I want to see in the world.' SV2 enables me to duck out of procrastination, do something I truly believe in, divide the task with other Partners, and deliver the results, year after year.

Suhail Muhammad,
SV2 Partner

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