Type: Board of Directors

Christy Chin

Christy is a leader in advancing high-impact philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.  She currently serves on several boards including Benetech, National Venture Capital Association, Education Opens Doors, Food Forward, New Story, World Affairs and Vote.org, while also serving as an advisor to AshokaU and CALMatters. Christy previously served as a Managing Partner at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.  Before DRK, she worked at the Skoll Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Philanthropy Workshop. Christy also has venture capital experience with Bedrock Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Capital. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. in History from Colgate University.

Kwok Lau

Joining SV2 in 2012, Kwok participates in the Education and the Pathways to Opportunity SV2 communities. She was a Lead Partner to Early Education grantee SOMOS Mayfair (2015-2018).

Kwok has developed a specific interest in community engagement and working with local underserved communities. She is on the board of SOMOS Mayfair with the goal to uplift community voice and agency by leadership development of its residents. She retired from Apple, where she held vice president positions in manufacturing operations and software engineering.

Kwok immigrated to the US from Hong Kong with her family at the age of 7. She found her pathway to opportunities with strong family support and access to a good education.

Kwok holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute. Kwok and her husband live in Portola Valley and have two grown children. She enjoys active travel, which is best when hiking or biking.

Nancy Heinen

Nancy Heinen currently serves as Lead Partner to Village Enterprise and co-led the 2016-17 Housing Lightning Grant Round. She has previously served as a member of SV2’s Board of Directors from 2009-2016 and served as Board Chair from 2012-2015.

Nancy is an experienced corporate lawyer and senior executive in both small and multinational corporations. Most recently, Nancy was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Apple, Inc. Following 25 years of corporate and law firm experience, Nancy now focuses on philanthropy and matters of social justice. She is particularly interested in access to quality education and the creation of economic opportunities for disadvantaged women.

Nancy currently serves on several advisory boards including the Advisory Board of the University of California Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy. She also consults with individuals, start-ups and nonprofit institutions looking to develop their organizational capacity for growth.

Linda Lazor

Linda has experience leading organizational transformation, marketing, business planning and communications across non-profit and high technology organizations. She engages in a variety of community transformation and volunteer initiatives. Her passion is around causes and organizations that close the educational opportunity gap for children living in poverty, and related systemic issues such as poverty alleviation and economic empowerment. Linda has been an SV2 Partner for four years and is an SV2 Lead Partner for the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League (SVUDL).

Linda holds a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Marketing & Finance from Stanford University.

Jim Basile

Jim Basile joined SV2 in 2016 and has been an active participant in the Education Lightning Grant rounds. He is passionate about education issues and increasing underserved students’ access to educational opportunities. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of SV2 Grantee Silicon Valley Urban Debate League (SVUDL), is a member of the Advisory Counsel at the University of Notre Dame, and serves on the board of LaSalle College High School.

Jim is an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco. He has spent twenty-six years as a trial lawyer and was founding partner and head of Kirkland’s San Francisco litigation practice from 2003 to 2015 and served for ten years on the firm’s Finance Committee. He has specialized in high-profile, complex litigation involving antitrust, securities, class actions, mergers shareholder and take-private litigation as well as contract and business litigation for a wide variety for Fortune 500 companies. Jim was named one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers, USA and has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” in Super Lawyers magazine from 2013 to 2016.

Jim is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and California bars and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1986) and the Notre Dame Law School (1989) where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review.

Lisa Guerra

Lisa co-founded and served in technical executive roles at several software startups in speech recognition and fraud detection solutions and holds eleven U.S. patents. She has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Lisa has been an SV2 partner since 2014 and has co-led Lightning Grant Rounds focused on affordable housing and the environment. Her philanthropic interests are in education, economic opportunity, and in using technology to scale social impact.

In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with her husband, two teenage boys, and their dog.

Paru Desai

Paru Yusuf is a strategist and advisor to global non-profits and international organizations. For over 20 years her work has focused on education, youth development, economic empowerment and innovative social venture models. She is a co-director of a partnership between GOAL! and Mathare Youth Sports Association to design a Girls’ Program focusing on education and empowerment of adolescent girls in the Mathare slums, Nairobi.

She is a Board Member and Partner at SV2 and Board Member at Firelight Foundation supporting community-based organizations to create sustainable change in Africa. She is also an Advisor to the Ethiopian Diaspora Network. She has served as US Chairperson of the Asante Africa Foundation, a leading education development organization focused on East Africa; Board Member and Vice Chair, International School of the Peninsula, a language immersion school in Palo Alto, CA; President of the San Francisco Chapter of Developments in Literacy; Board Member, COSAD (Community Solutions for Africa’s Development).

Paru’s search for innovation in sustaining economic development led to her co-founding Imuka, LLC a Tanzania-based traditional music group to empower the singers and their communities through their music. Imuka funded its growth by producing custom videos and a 3-month US tour with over 15 singers.

Her interest in education also included work with SecretBuilders, a Silicon Valley based start-up, an award winning on-line virtual community which combines gaming with learning to provide a unique environment for children to explore literature through play.

Paru’s career in international development began at the World Bank in Washington DC where she focused on gender issues for over six years. Paru has a BA in Chemistry from NC State University and a MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.

Rick Tinsley

Rick served as President and CEO of Silver Peak Systems for 9 years leading the company from early concept stage to profitability. Prior to Silver Peak, he co-founded Turnstone Systems, and as president and CEO, led the company through a highly-successful IPO. Rick was an “Entrepreneur in Residence” with VC firms Benchmark Capital and IVP. From 1993-97, Rick held various positions at Newbridge Networks, most recently as VP and general manager with global operating responsibility for LAN products. He holds an MBA from the University of Dallas, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Now retired, Rick is an active philanthropist with an emphasis on education reform.

Tony Stayner

After a 20+ year career in Silicon Valley managing and advising in high growth situations, Tony Stayner is now actively involved in the social sector. He has participated in The Philanthropy Workshop, currently sits on the boards at the Pacific Institute and Water.org, and is a member of TONIIC and a Venture Partner at Draper Richards Kaplan. Tony graduated with an A.B. in Economics and Mathematics from UC Davis, and later received his MBA from Stanford and JD from UC Berkeley. He lives in San Mateo with his wife, Beth, and three children when home from college. Tony joined SV2 in 2013 and serves as Co-Lead of SV2’s Impact Investment Round.

Jill Matzke

Jill Matzke served for 12 years as Director of Product Marketing for high performance computing solutions at Silicon Graphics. Prior to that, she held positions at Apple as well as in government and academia. She holds a Masters and PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. Jill joined SV2 in 2013 and served as Co-Lead for the 2015-2016 SV2 International Grant Round.