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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 & Communications 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.


Danielle Reed, Strategic Initiatives Summer Fellow
Danielle is currently pursuing her MBA at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she is a member of the Haas Impact Investing Network and is an Investment Management Fellow. She previously worked in impact investing at Imprint Capital, an investment advisory firm in San Francisco exclusively focused on impact investing. While at Imprint, she led investments across a range of sectors including Energy & Environment, Health and Education. Danielle started her career as a Real Assets Analyst at Hall Capital Partners, an investment management firm that primarily serves high net worth families. She has a B.A. in Economics and Anthropology from Cornell University

Karina Macias, Intern
Karina is a junior majoring in Communications at Saint Mary’s College of California. Having lived in East Palo Alto and attended Eastside College Preparatory School (a past Grantee), Karina is passionate about working with the surrounding communities to make a positive change. In her free time Karina enjoys spending time with friends and exploring new areas. 

Chrishanae Neal, Intern
Chrishanae is a junior at Wellesley College majoring in Peace and Justice Studies. Her area of concentration is Urban Development and Race/Gender Inequalities, which is an accurate indication of her passion for helping those in underserved communities and addressing issues of inequality. On campus, she is involved in a student cultural organization for which she will be a co-president in the upcoming school year. In her free time she enjoys reading and watching documentaries that keep her informed about a wide variety of topics.

Past Fellows & Interns

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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