Type: Partner Leaders

Grace Mah

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 Lussier

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 Levy

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.

Dan Barritt

Dan Barritt has a deep passion for volunteering and nonprofit board service.

He is a board member and committee chair at The School Fund, a crowdsourcing nonprofit that pays school fees for low-income students in developing countries including Tanzania and India.

While on the Board of The Saul and Dayee Haas Foundation he helped convert the foundation into a public charity. He also helped rebrand it to InvestED, a nonprofit that helps students stay in school. While he was President of the board he helped implement a new strategic plan.

An SV2 Partner since 2014, Dan co-led the 2018 Lightning Grant Round that evaluated tech nonprofits. Dan is very active at SV2 and has participated in many grant rounds to select nonprofits in education, international, and resilient youth.

At Google, Dan was a Senior User Experience Researcher where he studied customers and made recommendations for how to improve the usability and usefulness of products. At Microsoft, Dan led teams of Researchers.

Dan has Bachelors degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Crisanta De Guzman

Crisanta has been an SV2 partner since 2012, actively participating in the education, economic opportunity and international grant rounds and is a co-Lead Partner for the Stride Center. She divides her time between teaching financial literacy and reading literacy in Redwood City public schools, and her studio art & film practice.

Originally from the Philippines, she holds an M.Phil. in Development Economics from Cambridge University and a M.Sc. in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University.  She worked in financial derivatives in Singapore and New York for UBS and Deutsche Bank before relocating to the Bay Area and focusing on the arts, film, and philanthropy.

Jody Chang

Jody oversees SV2’s operations, grantmaking, and impact investing. She has been an SV2 Partner since 2008 and has served as a Lead Partner and SV2 Board member.

Jody also serves as Director of Community Relations for Consulting Within Reach, a consulting firm that provides strategy, marketing, fundraising, and technology services to the social sector in the Bay Area. She is the founder and former president of the Hammer Montessori Foundation which supports an innovative public Montessori school in the San Jose Unified School District.

She is also a Managing Director of The Campbell Foundation, a family foundation which makes grants primarily in education and the arts, with a special interest in organizations that benefit under-served children, youth and women.

She holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University. Jody and her husband Curtis have two daughters, one at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and one at Notre Dame San Jose.

Lisa Jones

In addition to numerous community volunteer engagements and raising a family, Lisa’s background includes being part of the founding team of a college prep company, owning a small business which served school districts, senior management positions in Silicon Valley and management consulting. At SV2, she co-leads Impact Investing. Her interests are in identifying and developing effective strategies that empower under-resourced communities. Lisa holds an MBA from Stanford and MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

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.

Mark Wilson

Mark’s career in finance and law included 7 years in Silicon Valley venture-backed computer companies and 22 years in venture capital. He holds a law degree from Stanford and an engineering degree from UC Berkeley. Mark was a co-leader for the Education grant rounds in 2014-15 and 2015-16, participated in two international grant rounds, and now serves as a lead partner for SV2 Grantee Somos Mayfair. His major Philanthropy interest is in education equity and particularly the leadership potential of SV2 for Silicon Valley organizations engaged with our underserved populations.

Nancy Heinen

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

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.