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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, Grantmaking & Special Projects Officer

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

Christine Rasmussen, Operations Coordinator

Christine wears many hats at SV2, managing the office and supporting the staff team, Partners and Grantees on events, communications, and essential behind-the-scenes project management. Prior to joining SV2 she spent several years working as a teaching artist and as an administrator for various arts nonprofits and schools including UT Austin's Informal Classes, the Mexic-Arte Museum, Women and Their Work Gallery, Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program and the UC Berkeley Art Department. Christine grew up in Pakistan and Vietnam and has a B.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies and Art Practice with Honors from UC Berkeley.

Special Programs Independent Contractors

Amy Johnson, Teen Program Director

A former middle-school teacher and Community Service Director, Amy comes to SV2 after years of working in independent schools. As a curriculum consultant, Amy has helped local schools and organizations develop programs that combine service and education in a meaningful way. Local projects include Eastside College Preparatory's Project Give, Wornick Jewish Day School's Tzedakah Project, and Summit Preparatory Charter High School's Teen Philanthropy Course.

Amy holds a B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, a M.A. in Education from Notre Dame de Namur University, and a Multiple Subject/CLAD Teaching Credential from San Diego State University.


Catherine Dryer Rosati, Fellow
Catherine is an attorney retired from the practice of law in New York. She joined SV2 to hone her professional skills and pinpoint both her particular area of focus and role within the social sector after two decades of full time parenting. At-risk youth, "middle skills" job training for underprivileged youth and first-generation to college initiatives are Catherine's chief interests. She is also a legal education facilitator at SV2 Grantee FLY. 

Catherine Hsieh, Intern
Catherine is a senior at Stanford double majoring in Economics & International Relations. On campus, she is a member of Stanford Finance and the French House staff. In her free time, Catherine enjoys visiting the San Francisco Farmer's Market, running, and traveling.

Max Wang, Intern
Max is a freshman at Stanford University interested in studying Computer Science. He has strong interests in applying technological innovation to society's most pressing social problems, but understands that technology has its limits. In his free time, he likes to learn new instruments, and is currently working at the drums.

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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