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Jennifer Ratay, Executive Director

Jen is a seasoned grantmaker, nonprofit executive and coach. She is passionate about helping build the effectiveness of individuals, organizations, and networks that drive social and environmental change. Prior to joining SV2 as executive director in 2013, she worked 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 nonprofit organizations strengthen their management, leadership and impact. Jen 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. She holds an M.P.A. focused on International Development from Princeton and a B.A. from Dartmouth in Government and Environmental Studies. Jen has trained as a life coach and serves as a regular guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She's been honored as a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence and one of Silicon Valley’s top 40 Under 40 leaders by the Silicon Valley Business

Lisa Van Dusen, Chief Relationship Officer

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 a B.A. 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 School.

Ashley Clark, Director of Communications & Community Operations

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 Manager

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.

Jody Chang, Assistant Director of Grantmaking

Jody manages SV2’s Grant Rounds, supporting Grant Round Leaders and coordinating “beyond-the-dollars” assistance for SV2’s Grantees. She has been an SV2 Partner since 2008, serves as a Lead Partner for SV2 Grantee The Big Lift, and recently joined the SV2 Board. Jody is also Director of Community Relations for Consulting Within Reach, a consulting firm that provides strategy, marketing, fundraising, and technology services to the social sector in the Bay Area. She is the founder and former president of the Hammer Montessori Foundation which supports an innovative public Montessori school in the San Jose Unified School District. She is also a Managing Director of The Campbell Foundation, a family foundation which makes grants primarily in education and the arts, with a special interest in organizations that benefit under-served children, youth and women. She holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University. Jody and her husband Curtis have two daughters, one at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos and one at Notre Dame San Jose.

Andie Taylor, SV2 Fellow

As SV2's Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Rising Leader Fellow, Andie supports the staff team in communications, Partner engagement/operations, and Grant and Investment Round efforts. Andie returns for her fellowship after a spring internship at SV2, between which she spent the summer exploring the social sector as Stanford University’s John Gardner Philanthropy Fellow, serving in the Corporate Social Responsibility department at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. As an undergraduate at Stanford, Andie majored in Human Biology with a focus on Disease Causation and Children’s Health. Given her interest in youth health and development, Andie is excited to be intimately involved in this year’s SV2 Teens program and Next Gen engagement efforts. Andie previously worked in research in the department of pediatrics at the Stanford University and University of Washington Schools of Medicine. In 2014, she spent the summer in Ireland as a volunteer counselor at Barretstown, Paul Newman’s camp for children and families affected by terminal illnesses. When she wasn’t studying at Stanford, Andie was in the swimming pool training as a member of Stanford University’s Varsity Women’s Swimming Team and the United States National Team. Andie hopes to build on her SV2 fellowship experience and pursue a career that combines her interest in social impact with children’s and public health.

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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