Type: Board of Directors

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.

Sayuri Sharper

Sayuri Sharper is a retired high-tech executive and business litigator. She is passionate about promoting a better world and lending her expertise to nurture social entrepreneurs to provide scalable solutions to global problems. She currently mentors social entrepreneurs through MIT D-Lab Scale-Up program, MIT Legatum Center, and Santa Clara University Global Social Benefit Institute. She is also a Senior Partner at Acumen, a global non-profit that invests in social enterprises to tackle poverty.

Prior to her retirement, Sayuri was Of Counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, a global litigation firm where she practiced complex, high-stakes intellectual property law. Before practicing law, Sayuri held numerous executive marketing positions in the high-tech industry. She was a co-founder and CEO of Telesend Inc., a telecom equipment company that was subsequently acquired by Cisco Systems.

At SV2, Sayuri is active in International, Education, and Impact Investment rounds.  She is a lead partner to Global Press Institute and Learners Guild. She is also a co-leader of the Impact Investment round process. Prior to joining SV2 Board, she was on the board of Silicon Valley Pro Bono Project and CASA of San Mateo County.

Sayuri has a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law and a BS/MSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Paru Yusuf

Paru Desai 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.

Marcia Pade

Marcia Pade joined SV2 in 2011 and was elected to the Board in 2013. She has been a working member of the Education and Environment Grant Round groups, and has a son in SV2 Teens. Marcia initially became involved with SV2 as Board Chair of East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring (EPATT), which was chosen as one recipient of the Out of School Time Grant Collaborative.

With a long career both in the U.S. and abroad, Marcia has worked as an analyst at First and Merchant Bank, as a banking analyst for McKinsey and Company in New York and Copenhagen, and as a Marketing Executive for GE Capital. She was also Vice President for Industrial Market Research (part of AGB) in London and worked as a strategic planning consultant for the healthcare start up MD Health Evolution in Menlo Park. Marcia received her BA from Duke University and her MBA from Yale University.

Currently a community volunteer, Marcia is on the boards of EPATT and the Woodside Atherton Garden Club, and on the advisory board for InnVision Shelter Network. Previously, she chaired the boards of EPATT, Shelter Network and Stanford Parents Advisory Board, and served as a Board Member for the Trinity Board of Visitors at Duke University, the Coyote Point Museum and the Woodside Library.

In her free time, Marcia enjoys gardening, biking, and playing tennis.

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.

Alison Elliott

Alison Elliott has been an SV2 Partner since 2010 and she rejoined the Board in 2018. Previously, she was elected to and served on the SV2 Board in 2011. She also served as Education Grant Round Co-Leader for the 2011-12 year and as a Co-Leader of the Pathways to Opportunity Classic Grant Round.

Alison Elliott’s serial career experience extends from a middle school social studies classroom to a large NYC bank to software startups in Silicon Valley to the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University. She has written books about software for kids and consulted with both nonprofits and for profits.

A Connecticut Yankee, she attended Vassar College, fulfilled her dream of living in New York City then headed West to the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she was captivated by Apple’s vision of changing the world with personal computers.

The mother of two daughters, she lives with her husband in Menlo Park and Pescadero and reads and travels whenever possible.