Type: Staff

Paru Desai

Paru Desai is the Interim Director of Partner Engagement at SV2, where she is also a Board Member and Partner. Paru is a strategist and advisor to global non-profits and international organizations. For over 25 years her work has focused on education, youth development, economic empowerment and innovative social venture models. She was 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 Nairobi. To preserve traditional East African music and drive community development in rural Tanzania, she also co-founded the social enterprise, IMUKA!  Paru’s previous nonprofit board service includes Firelight Foundation; Advisor to the Ethiopian Diaspora Network; US Chairperson of the Asante Africa Foundation; Board Member and Vice Chair, International School of the Peninsula; President of the San Francisco Chapter of Developments in Literacy and Board Member, COSAD (Community Solutions for Africa’s Development).

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. Paru recently completed a two-year mindfulness meditation teaching certification with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. 

David Onek

David Onek is the CEO of SV2. He brings almost three decades of non-profit, government and private sector experience to the job and a deep commitment to equity and social justice. David previously served as Executive Director of the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara Law School, as Deputy Director of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Criminal Justice, and most recently as Justice Director at the mission-driven consulting firm Resource Development Associates. He also taught at UC Berkeley Law School and served as Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice. Earlier in his career, David worked for the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity, Legal Services for Children, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. David is an active impact and angel investor and a long-time mindfulness meditation practitioner.  He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Brown University, and lives in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood with his wife Kara Dukakis and their two daughters.

Amy Badiani

Amy serves as SV2’s Director of Community Engagement, working to ensure community leadership, collaboration, and voice are central to our work and impact. She supports SV2’s grantmaking, relationships with our Grantee Community Partners, family philanthropy, and impact measurement.

Amy joins us from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, where her work has included the design and implementation of education, employment, and anti-corruption initiatives with youth. Amy has also facilitated “Storytelling for Changemaking” initiatives and produced courses with other social innovators around the world about Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health. In her free time, she enjoys solving challenges with her volunteer social impact team at Development Solutions Organization. In addition, you will find her dancing (she’s a Doonya dance fitness instructor), adventuring in nature, running and hiking, reading, discussing Harry Potter, cooking, and overall being present with loved ones. She’s very excited to learn, re-imagine, do, collaborate, and grow with the SV2 community.

Amy holds a B.S. in International Relations, Public Policy and Management and M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Justina Du

Justina is responsible for SV2 financial, HR, and technology functions. She also provides operational support for SV2 business development, grantmaking and governance functions. Justina comes to SV2 bringing her wealth of knowledge and experience from 12+ years of streamlining processes and project management while working with various companies across many industries.  She comes from a media and marketing strategy background but has always wanted to utilize her skills to give back to the community.  She is still involved with UCLA Prytanean Alumni Association to raise money and provide scholarships to select UCLA women who have given outstanding service to their community.

In her spare time, she loves exploring the world and is always on the search for a new tropical location to scuba dive.  She is also busy with her fiance parenting their new fur baby, Kona, who is an adorable, but strong-willed 3.5-month-old poodle mix.

Justina holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA.

Jody Chang

Jody oversees SV2’s internal operations and Grantee and Impact Investee portfolio. She manages SV2’s impact investing and grantmaking work, supporting SV2’s hands-on, collaborative investment process in both social enterprises and nonprofit organizations. She has been an SV2 Partner since 2008 and previously served as an 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.