Type: Board of Directors

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.

Kelly Pope

Kelly Pope was elected to the SV2 Board in 2012. She also participates in the Education grant round and the Collective Impact R&D team.

Kelly is an experienced entrepreneur with a background in educational technology and interactive software design. In 2004, Kelly co-founded Interschola, a company providing online auction services to the education market. Kelly has held executive management positions at several interactive software companies including Electronic Arts, Sun and Borland. While serving as the VP of Engineering at Classroom Connect she managed the technology team that developed one of the first online interactive curriculum programs for the K-12 marketplace.

  • In 2008, Kelly and her husband David participated in an intensive executive leadership program in donor program TPW West. As part of a small cohort of individuals Kelly had the opportunity to work with prominent figures from the fields of philanthropy, policy, and public management to develop a deep understanding of the nonprofit sector and strategies for maximizing effectiveness. Through this program, Kelly further developed her interest and understanding of social entrepreneurship and innovative approaches to impact social change. Her work now focuses in four primary areas of education:
  • Early (0-4) and middle school education
  • Quality expanded learning time programs
  • Using technology to create transformative learning environments, specifically related to personalized education (i.e., intelligent content delivery and assessment)
  • Engaging girls in learning math and science (STEM)

In early 2011, Kelly became a Silicon Valley Encore Fellow, working with Education Champions on national education reform focused on closing the achievement gap. In addition, Kelly serves as board chair to the California Advisory Board for Citizen Schools, a national organization that partners with low income middle schools to expand the learning day.

Kelly participated in the early funding of the Girls Middle School in Mountain View, CA, and has previously held board positions at the University of the Pacific and the Montalvo Arts Center. She attended the US Air Force Academy and UC Davis where she earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Kelly’s other interests include tennis, playing the piano, food and wine, travel, and spending quality time with her husband and 2 dogs.

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.

Nancy Lue

Nancy Lue joined SV2 in 2014 and was elected to the Board of Directors later that year. She has been an active participant in the Education and Lightning Grant Rounds. Nancy led the design of SV2’s revenue diversification strategy and also served on the Steering Committee and Selection Committee of The Big Lift of San Mateo, a SV2 education grantee.

Currently, Nancy is Executive Director of Global Silicon Valley (GSV), one of the largest venture capital firms investing in education technology, where she oversees portfolio relations and external partnerships.

Previously, she served as Senior Advisor and Chief Performance Improvement Officer at the U.S. Department of Education where she led all of the agency’s strategic planning and performance management initiatives, including the development of its five-year strategic plan. She also provided policy guidance and implementation oversight for competitive federal grant programs with a focus on scaling innovative learning models.

Prior to her appointment to the Obama Administration, Nancy was a Principal at The Advisory Board Company where led corporate strategy and new product development for the launch of the firm’s global higher education division. Nancy also worked as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Edison Learning, the nation’s largest education management company.

Nancy has served on the boards and advisory committees of more than a dozen education organizations and appointed commissions. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Students for Education Reform and is a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley. She graduated with honors from Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.