Our partners are the heart and soul of Our work.
Our 100+ Partners are learners and doers, eager to roll up their sleeves to support a given project, to participate in workshops and attend lectures aimed at educating our network about the issues our grantees grapple with every day, and to work to gain practical skills to support emerging nonprofits within, and beyond, the SVP portfolio.
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Bill Asher is an adviser and mentor to early stage organizations and entrepreneurs, both in the private sector and, as a member of Social Venture Partners, in the nonprofit community. Prior to retiring from active legal practice, Bill spent more than 35 years working with entrepreneurs, their companies and investors in the technology and life sciences ecosystems in New England, most recently at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP and previously at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, where he also served as managing partner. Bill is on the board of directors of Mass Ventures, the Commonwealth’s technology venture capital fund, and is a member of seed stage Investors Collaborative and TiE Boston Angels. He has also served as a member of the advisory panel of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, an annual report on key technology industry clusters in Massachusetts
Bill received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College (BA, 1970, cum laude) and his law degree from Harvard Law School (JD, 1974, cum laude)
Juliette Kopecky is a marketing leader with a passion for startups and high-growth tech companies. She has over fifteen years of experience driving business growth at companies like HubSpot, Backupify (acquired by Datto), and Talla. She has built marketing teams from the ground up at multiple companies and is a full-stack marketer having owned marketing strategy, large-scale product launches, messaging & positioning, customer research, lead generation, marketing operations, and content strategy. She is currently VP of Marketing at Talla, an enterprise AI and automation company. She has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS from Boston University.
Greig is a Partner and manages the Boston Office of Egon Zehnder International. He is an active member of Egon Zehnder's Life Sciences and Services Practice Groups and is a U.S. leader of the firm's Talent Management and Management Appraisal practice.
Greig is also active in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder International, he was Vice President of Strategy Consulting for the Foundation Strategy Group (FSG), founded by Harvard's Michael Porter. FSG works with nonprofit foundations to develop and implement effective strategies. Before that, Greig was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, serving a variety of clients in the life sciences and technology industries. Earlier, he was an officer in the United States Navy, beginning his career flying SH-60 helicopters and then spending time in the Pentagon on the Chief of Naval Operations staff working on technology transfer issues.
Greig received a BA with Distinction from Cornell University, an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and a MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he was a Kennedy Scholar.
Rich has over 35 years of business experience, predominantly in the financial services industry. He spent most of his career at Fidelity Investments servicing retirement plans for large and medium sized corporate clients and nonprofit institutions. He led risk management, financial controls, client service, product development, and product strategy functional teams.
Rich is an active coach in Babson College’s Leadership and Teamwork program for undergraduate students. He has a B.S.B.A in Accounting from Stonehill College, and M.B.A from Babson College. He holds various financial services and SEC registrations.
Jan is currently an associate at H.I.G. Capital, a global middle market private equity and multi-asset investment firm. Prior to joining H.I.G., Jan was an extern at Opportunity@Work, a nonprofit that helps underserved and overlooked populations gain access to training and hiring pathways into middle-class tech jobs. He began his career in management consulting at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co), where he served clients across a variety of industries and functions.
Jan earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University in 2015.
Neha entered the corporate sector by joining Sanofi in India as their first local employee and part of the team that grew the company from 2 to 250 people over a period of three years. Apart from being a ‘fire-fighter’ during the initial phase of the subsidiary’s growth, she set up the Sales Administration Department for their joint venture with an Indian pharmaceutical company.
Her other assignments have been with Schneider Electric, a French multinational in the energy management and automation sector; Neha was the Financial Controller for their Enclosure Systems division in France and subsequently in Hong Kong for the Asia-Pacific Industrial Operations division.
Neha moved to New England a few years ago and has been educating herself in the non-profit sector through volunteering and courses on subjects like Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations and the Challenges of Global Poverty.
Neha has an MBA in International Finance from the HEC School of Management in Paris and is fluent in five languages.
During a 30-year career in and around the transportation industry that included 10 years with a trucking company, 10 years of strategy consulting, and 10 years in the third party logistics industry, Dan has helped companies grow through roles in operations, finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and project management.
In 2008, Dan retired from his business career and he now devotes his time to work in the nonprofit sector, where he finds many opportunities to apply his business experience. Dan earned his BA from Yale and his MBA from Harvard. He is married to Jeanne Ross, who is Director of a research center at the Sloan School at MIT and author of several books on management of information technology.
During his 35 year career, Gary Garber has built and managed Information Technology and Operations teams in large, complex and fast growing financial services firms. He was the Chief Information Officer/SVP at Boston Private Bank & Trust and previously held senior leadership positions at Fidelity Investments and Merrill Lynch. He has enabled major business and technology transformations, led cost optimization initiatives and managed project management, information security and vendor management programs. He spent the early part of his career working at several New York based non-profits and a state regulatory agency involved with the establishment of community residential programs serving developmentally disabled individuals.
Gary joined SVP with his wife Eileen in 2016 and together they have served on a couple of Investment committees and are currently participating on an internally focused SVP Tiger team on initiatives to enable it to meet its strategic goals. Gary is also a member of a Tiger team with the grantee Boston Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) working with the Executive Director and staff to set priorities and accomplish tasks that will provide it the capability of attaining their strategic growth objectives.
Gary has an MBA in Information Systems from Baruch College and a BA in Psychology/Sociology from Buffalo University.
Over a 30-plus year career, Allen has held global executive leadership human resource roles in industries spanning cosmetics, industrial cutting tools, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and most recently, telecommunications. As a leader of Global HR teams, Allen has deep experience in talent and executive assessment, manpower planning and staffing, and management consulting.
Allen's longstanding interest in leadership and community service began with what is now a 10+ year commitment to his local Lion’s organization and service on the Millis town Personnel Board. Allen is also active with Make-A-Wish and is co-President of the Human Resources Council, a professional association for HR executives and service providers.
Allen has a degree from Ohio University and attended Northeastern University’s School of Public Administration.
David has started and led start-up and small businesses for his entire career. He is currently the Managing Partner of Travelers Marketing, connecting corporate marketing with public sector transportation networks. Previously David founded a commercial and industrial real estate data-base publishing company, a real estate development company specializing in historic mill buildings, and a real-time traveler information service.
David has a BA from Bucknell and an MBA from Boston University.
Stefania is a serial CEO and strategist with US and international high-tech firms. She’s currently CEO of ezCater.com, a high-growth e-commerce company, and prior to that, her focus had been in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Stefania is a Director for a for-profit firm (Red Tail Solutions), a Director for Social Venture Partners Boston, and a Corporator at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She has a BS and MS from MIT.
Ted is Chairman of the Nypro Advisory Board at Nypro, a Jabil Company, and was President and CEO of Nypro Inc. from 2006 through July 2013 when Nypro was acquired by Jabil Circuit, Inc. Ted had been Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2002. Ted joined Nypro as Corporate Controller in 1988. During his 25 years at Nypro, Ted helped the Company to grow from around $80 million to $1.25 billion in revenues, expanding from approximately nine operations to more than 40 operations in 15 countries and operating as one of the largest employee owned companies. As CEO, Ted focused on re-positioning Nypro; he led the reorganization into global business units, focused on Healthcare, Consumer Packaging and Consumer/Electronics markets while overseeing the shedding of non-core businesses.
Ted started his career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand in Boston and London for seven years. He also served as Corporate Controller for a packaging company. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, the president of the Nypro Foundation and the Treasurer of the Groton Conservation Trust. Previously he served on the board of Indian Hill Music Center and Symphony, Groton-Dunstable Youth basketball, and the Groton Greenway.
Ted has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Cornell’s’ Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Steve has over 40 years of business experience primarily in the Bio-Pharmaceutical industry. For most of his career he has been involved in procurement, general operations, logistics and corporate real estate. He has spent the last 22 at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston serving as Vice President of Procurement and Logistics and more recently heading up corporate real estate expansion in North America, South America, Europe and Australia. Steve was a member of the BIO Business Solutions Advisory Board from 2008-2012.
A volunteer with the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation since 2009 he is a graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Judy is a former consultant to small high technology companies in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, and the commercialization of new technology. For many years she was associated with Moleculon Research Corp. (an R & D company in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields) as an officer, a director, and as a director of Moleculon, Inc., a public spinoff later sold to an Australian company. She is a former Chair of the Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and served on the Board of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation.
Judy is currently focused on economic development in Boston and is especially involved in assisting women and minority entrepreneurs. She has been active in a variety of community based volunteer activities including the American Jewish Committee, where she served as President of the Boston Chapter and as a member of the national Board of Governors. She was a founder and is currently Co-Chair of the Black Jewish Economic Roundtable (a project of the AJC), and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Vocational Service and The Shefa Fund, a national organization that supports progressive social action including community economic development investment and responsible shareholder activism.
Judy holds a BS degree from Carnegie-Mellon and a PhD in mathematics from Harvard University.
Elizabeth March began her career as a city planner working in both low-income housing and economic development before moving to the world of academic medicine where she worked for 20 years. Elizabeth served as staff to the president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Partner’s HealthCare and then as Deputy Director of Partnerships for Quality Education, a national medical education initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. From 2007 to 2011, she was Executive Director of Children’s HealthWatch, a pediatric research center that studies the impact of public policies on the health of young children in poverty.
Elizabeth has done volunteer work for a number of years related to children in foster care having served as a court-appointed special advocate, a member of the board of directors for A Home Within, a mentor for a young woman in the South Bronx, and a fellow in the Office of the Child Advocate. At present, she is chair of the Board of More Than Words, a former SVP grantee. She also serves on the board of the Epiphany School where she a member of the Early Learning Center Committee, and is a court appointed advocate for a teen in foster care.
Elizabeth has BA from the University of Virginia and a Masters in City Planning from MIT.
Nancy has twenty years of experience in financial services as a senior business development and relationship manager. She was a Vice President at State Street Corporation for twelve years leading deal teams in selling and servicing institutional brokerage and banking services. Prior to joining State Street, Nancy spent eight years at Putnam Investments as a Senior Defined Contribution Plan Account Officer and as a Financial Advisor.
Nancy also serves on the Board of Trustees for Suffield Academy, Board of Directors for Green Schools, several Advisory Boards and is an executive advisor in the Lynch Leadership Academy. Nancy earned a BS in Finance from Boston College and held FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, State of MA Insurance and Certified Fund Specialist designations.
Laura Little is a Director of Corporate Development at American Well, a fast-growing healthcare technology company that connects patients instantly with doctors over secure video. In her role, she works on sourcing and closing strategic partnerships and investments, as well as supporting the creation and execution of company strategy alongside the company’s CEO and senior leadership. Prior to American Well, Laura worked in an investing role at Grove Street Advisors, a private equity fund-of-funds, and was part of the venture capital research team at Cambridge Associates, an investment consultancy to institutional investors, foundations, and endowments.
Outside of work, Laura has served as a co-chair of the New England Venture Network, a nonprofit focused on facilitating networking, educational, and philanthropic events for young Boston-area professionals working in the venture capital industry. She has also advised healthcare startups and served as a teaching fellow for HarvardX focused on healthcare and business model disruption. As a passionate long distance and marathon runner she has supported several charities, including Children in Crisis, an organization aimed at improving the lives of women and children in conflict-affected countries.
Laura received a BA cum laude from Dartmouth College and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Laurie Anderson has spent many years volunteering for community organizations. She helped start the Food ‘n Friends Family Café addressing the need for a hot meal for families with children in the Attleboro area. She also has worked on a number of projects for her local church including capital improvement projects and chairing the senior pastor search committee. Laurie is a member of The Philanthropy Connection and also volunteers at the Boston Public Market.
Laurie started a business, Cooking Coach, which taught group and private cooking classes focusing on healthy and seasonal ingredients. She formerly worked at Deloitte (then Touche Ross) as a Management Consultant and at Eastman Kodak Company as an Industrial Engineer. She has an Industrial Engineering degree from Northwestern University and a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales.
Elyse Marks is a Management Consultant at Fidelity Investments. As a member of its internal consulting group, she works on strategy projects for various business units within Fidelity. Before Fidelity, Elyse was at L.E.K. Consulting for four years in both its Chicago and Boston offices, consulting on strategy and due diligence projects. She focused on the travel and hospitality industries.
Outside of work, Elyse volunteers with Boston Cares and interviews Duke applicants. In the past, she has led non-profit consulting projects for Inspire and was a mentor for Year Up. Elyse graduated from Duke University in 2011 with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Psychology. She also earned her MBA at Harvard Business School in 2017.
Jessica is a member of the admissions board at Harvard Business School. Prior her role at HBS, Jessica worked in marketing for HBS, CVS, and Lycos. She also worked as an independent marketing consultant to startups as well as Fortune 500 companies.
Jessica has been involved in various local organizations and is currently on the board of Raising a Reader of Massachusetts, a trustee of the Park School, and a volunteer with Beacon Academy.
Jessica has an BA in Art History from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brooke has a background in financial analytics in both the real estate and consumer products industries. Most recently she worked as a strategy analyst for King Arthur Flour Company, driving their corporate strategy planning process as well as developing analytics for new product development. Prior to that she worked in real estate asset management and analytics in New York City.
Brooke is a Trustee of the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation based in Springfield, MA. She received a bachelor's degree in Finance from Boston College.