A long term partner with SV2, Susan recently retired from working over a decade at the New Teacher Center. She also worked at SRI, West Ed, and as a consultant to local foundations and nonprofits. Susan is a Director of the William and Charlene Glikbarg Foundation, a family foundation. She has served on the Boards of Breakthrough Silicon Valley, Reading Partners, and the Community School of Music and Arts. Susan holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. Susan and her husband, Don, have two adult children.
After graduating from Stanford with an MBA in 1985, JoAnne spent 4 years in investment banking in London. Since 1990, she has been managing her own consulting business in international finance. Avalon International Strategies, designs and implements currency hedging strategies for corporations. Prior to getting an MBA, she spent 10 years in the non-profit world. For 7 of those years she was a modern dancer in Minneapolis and NYC, and had her own dance company. For 3 years JoAnne worked full-time with Alvin Ailey and the Big Apple Circus in NYC to manage a school program for inner- city youth. This work brought her directly in contact with the issues surrounding education in impoverished areas of the city. In recent years, JoAnne has been volunteering as a writer-coach in Richmond and Oakland with junior-high and high school students. She also has participated in several consulting projects through Stanford for non-profits and is a regional leader for Stanford GSB Women’s Circles in the East Bay.
Clara is originally from Bogota, Colombia. In 2002, Clara moved to the U.S. to pursue her Master’s degree at NYU. Clara has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector and has worked at organizations addressing issues ranging from medical research to human services. At the personal level, Clara is a firm believer in the importance of giving back and is actively involved in her daughter’s school and several other projects. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and german shepherd dog.
Rekha Pai Kamath is currently Vice President at Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs (SA&E). She is an investor, mentor, and advisor to several start-ups at SA&E as well previously at StartX. She also serves on the board of Fast Forward, an Accelerator for Tech Non-profits based in San Francisco. Prior to becoming an angel investor, she led New Business incubation at Juniper Networks. She has 15+ years in various product management, marketing, and product development positions at companies such as Symantec Corp, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems, and Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco). Rekha has been a professional mentor and Impact Advisor, and is on the Alumni Council for Techwomen, a State Department sponsored professional mentoring exchange program. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.
Grace is a recovery engineer and now serves as a Santa Clara County School Board Member. Married 34 years, Grace and her husband Don have two sons, one in SV2 Teens, one in college. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting at the beach.
Ellen has been a partner with SV2 since 2014 and will be a co-lead of the Performing Arts Lightning Grant round in 2019. Ellen is energized by the opportunities that SV2 provides to its members to develop philanthropic skills and to collectively identify and support innovative non-profits that are making a difference. Ellen’s passion for helping others define their philanthropic interests emerged out of 12 years of working with the Stanford University Office of Development, most recently as Senior Associate Director of Planned Giving, where she helped donors and their advisors design gifts that fulfill donors’ interests and support university needs. Ellen has served on local non-profit boards, including the Northern California Planned Giving Council, Portola Valley Schools Foundation, and Hamilton Family Center.
Ellen holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Hastings College of the Law. She enjoys hiking Bay Area trails, golf, travel, and time with her husband, her two adult children and her dog.
Steve is a regional economist consulting with public organizations in California doing long-term planning. He is interested in housing, is a member of SV@Home, chairs the Palo Alto League of Women Voters Housing and Transportation committee, and served on two recent advisory committees in Palo Alto. Steve and his wife Nancy have been married 40 years, have a son Dave, and two grandchildren living in Orange County.