Sara Olsen (Founder, Chief Executive Officer)
In 2001 Sara started SVT with the vision that one day accounting for social and environmental value would be a standard business practice. Recognized twice by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs, Sara has led the design of customized systems that today reveal the impact of over $9Bn in 70+ countries and numerous industries including sustainable agriculture, reforestation, green technology, housing, education, community economic development and maternal and child health. Sara also holds professorships at Hult International Business School and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she teaches social impact assessment and management for entrepreneurs and investors, and she serves as Methodology Committee co-chair for the International SROI Network (soon to be Social Value International). Since 2001 Sara has worked directly with some 7960 people to teach impact accounting & management.
She is also the co-founder of the Global Social Venture Competition.
Sara attended Dartmouth College and received an MBA and MASW degrees from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. She considers her most valuable education, however, to have come from teaching public high school in Mississippi and building a social enterprise at Shorebank Corporation in inner-city Chicago. Sara lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner and their 3-year-old daughter.
Paul Lavender (Chief Operating Officer)
Paul brings a diverse range of strategic consulting and project management experience to the SVT team. He has a distinct understanding of culture and industry, having run projects in Education, Military, Oil & Gas, Cleantech, Food & Beverage, Non-Profit, and Healthcare industries across three continents. In addition to his project work, while living in Australia, Paul was instrumental in the launch of a clean-technology company focused on residential recycling and sustainability nation-wide.
Along with his B.S. in Psychology, Paul holds post-graduate degrees in International Business (MIB) and in Project Management (MComm) from The University of Sydney. After living in Australia and the United Arab Emirates for the past 5 years, Paul is excited to be returning to the States to settle in the Bay Area with his new bride. He is passionate about working with industry leaders to prioritize Impact over Output in the workplace.
Wendy Dougherty (Consultant, Education Specialist)
Wendy has over sixteen years of experience implementing international development programs at the World Bank and for USAID in twenty countries across four continents. Wendy is a KPMG alumnae and has experience monitoring multi-million dollar grants and providing strategic advice on grantmaking effectiveness for international funders, private and corporate foundations, and public charities such as the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Chevron Global Fund, Hewlett-Packard Company, Mattel Children’s Foundation, F. Hoffman – La Roche, Ltd., and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Wendy’s sector knowledge includes global health, education systems, gender equity, entrepreneurship, and micro enterprise. She is fluent in Spanish.
Wendy received her Master of Pacific International Affairs from UCSD’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. She received her B.A. from Duke University. She currently serves as Board Chair of School-to-School International, a nonprofit organization that supports quality education and school health in Africa.
Shubha Kumar (Consultant, Measurement Specialist)
Shubha possesses deep expertise in strategic planning and evaluation in the social impact industry. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of an international humanitarian NGO, she is a consultant to various domestic and international non-profit, philanthropic, and government agencies, corporate social responsibility departments and private service providers, in the primary areas of: strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation of programs, capacity building and training, healthcare management, and systems development. She is also the first American PhD (and one of the first worldwide!) in Social Return on Investment (SROI) Analysis and has pioneered this approach within the global health and development industry, developed a curriculum on SROI delivered in over 11 African countries, created an online training on SROI (www.globalsroi.com), and given multiple talks worldwide on this subject. Shubha has also designed and co-taught several graduate-level courses in the areas of healthcare management and business development at UCLA, where she also worked as a research associate in various departments for 5 years.
Shubha received her PhD in Healthcare Management & Policy, Master’s in Public Health (MPH), and Bachelors in Biology from the University of California Los Angeles. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Spanish (and speaks some French).
Priya Patil (Senior Consultant, Public Health Specialist)
Priya is an accomplished social scientist and development professional with deep experience in impact measurement, philanthropy, and social action. She brings 14 years of experience leading social investment and impact efforts in emerging economies for USAID, World Bank, UNFPA, and the Nike Foundation.
Priya received her PhD and masters degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelors degree from the University of Chicago. Priya also sits on the advisory board for Tipping Point Community, a venture fund focused on poverty alleviation in the San Francisco area.
Karina Kloos (Consultant, Social Movements Specialist)
Karina bridges social science research with social justice efforts. She utilizes quantitative and qualitative methods to study social movement organizations, political mobilization of ethnic minorities, and nonprofit/NGO evaluation. Her research is informed by experience in nonprofit consulting, the start-up of a nonprofit evaluation platform, and work with NGOs in the United States, south and Southeast Asia, southern Africa, and the Middle East. Her knowledge builds from her educational background in international business (BA, University of Notre Dame) and international relations (MA, AGSIRD, Paris), recently culminating in her PhD from Stanford University.
Karina is the co-author of Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Post-War America.
She currently serves on the program evaluation committee of an educational organization in rural Cambodia, PEPY, which continues to inspire and inform her ongoing inquiry into more effective processes of empowerment and opportunity around the world.
Camille Dubois and Hugo Aruajo (Co-Leads, Latin America)
Hugo brings a background in impact management and global product supply chain management to SVT. For Kimberly Clark he managed marketing for a line of baby products made with shea butter that were produced in the US for sale in México. He understands the buy-side perspective of the shea value chain. Hugo also has significant experience conducting field research and developing a benchmark of best practices for Fairlink. Hugo also collaborated with Ashoka Full Economic Citizenship Program, and Walmart, on this type of research and analysis. He has coordinated and conducted field research across 10 Latin American countries. He is also trained in Social Return on Investment analysis and the Global Reporting Initiative.
Hugo has played a role in spurring the Coconut Carbon Industry and its derivatives. He also consulted to Ashoka, Kimberly Clark and Rioverde (an NGO working with more than 400 women) on their Social Marketing strategies. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Camille specializes in international market research and agricultural value chain development. She has conducted field research in Senegal, has worked closely in rural communities of Chiapas, Mexico, and has researched business models that generate positive social impact in Latin America. Camille co-founded Sustentavia with Aruajo.
Camille holds a master´s degree in Euro-Asian Business and International Management from ESCP-EAP. She also has a BA cum laude in Communication & Marketing. Her native language is French, and she is fluent in Spanish and English.
EcoShift helps organizations understand and reduce environmental impact, lower costs, manage regulatory risk, and enhance their brand. EcoShift does the technical planning that enables strategic decision-making to reduce climate impact and increase sustainability. Core services include GHG Inventories, Carbon Reduction Strategies, Life Cycle Analysis, and Energy Assessments. EcoShift consultants also engage in climate policy and program design, as well as provide advising to public and private organizations on greenhouse gas reduction policies.
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Social Enterprise Associates
SEA is a consulting firm offering business acumen, managerial experience, financing opportunities, and practical research to business and community efforts seeking social good. We foster ‘triple bottom line’ solutions supporting entrepreneurs, their organizations, and industries where they operate.
All too often corporations don’t know what motivates their employees, or financial advisors feel stumped about what their clients value most; Veebit specializes in quantitative and qualitative evaluation tools to measure the attitudes and behaviors of individuals and communities, and build communication exercises that generate ongoing engagement. The result is a vibrant organizational culture or relationship that gives employees and customers a voice, and provides management and advisors with invaluable market intelligence.
The Veebit Value ProfilingTM service is applied to research involving both internal and external stakeholders and can inform a wide array of projects, from employee training and engagement exercises, to targeted marketing strategies and sales campaigns, to consensus building around CSR initiatives and investment portfolio policy statements.
Brett Galimidi (Partner Emeritus and Advisor)
Brett specializes in using information technology, entrepreneurship and innovation to solve environmental and social problems. With the understanding that people and the environment cannot be separated, Brett has led numerous groundbreaking projects in conservation and sustainable business that recognize that people and the environment cannot be separated.
Brett is the co-author of Social Return on Investment: a Guide to SROI Analysis (Lenthe Publishers, 2006), co-author of the Social Edge blog SVT on Impact (produced by the Skoll Foundation) and author of several research papers on development- and environment-related topics. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a BS in Anthropology from UCLA.
Bryan Martel (Advisor: Environmental Investment Strategy and Technology)
Bryan is the Founder and Managing Director of Environmental Capital Group, which works with institutional investors and others to deploy significant investments into environmentally sustainable opportunities. ECG measures and reports on the net environmental impact and performance of approximately 200 companies in 24 top cleantech funds initially valued at nearly $9 billion.
Before ECG, he was the Founder and CEO of Mobius Technologies, a material science/clean-technology company. At Mobius, Bryan led the development and commercialization of a world scale recycling process with operations in the US, Europe, and Asia. Prior to Mobius, Bryan worked at The Dow Chemical Company and Bechtel. He received engineering degrees from Berkeley and is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.
Bill Davis (Advisor: Information Systems and Business Intelligence)
Bill is the CEO of the GATE. He has earned the “Go-To” label by CFOs and CIOs in organizations that are facing tough decisions, tight budgets and deadlines that have an option or goal to leverage technology. He specializes in business intelligence in the financial services, banking and consulting industries, including major projects with IBM and American Express.
Bill studied Cognitive Science at Cornell University and has extensive experience providing merger and acquisition due diligence, performance management analysis, and other business intelligence services. He brings extensive experience to ensure projects adhere to strict disciplines within the relevant life cycles for minimizing risks and guaranteeing success.
Pin Kwok (Advisor: Corporate/Social Venture Partnerships, Southeast Asia)
Pin specializes in visioning and development of long‐term strategic partnerships between social entrepreneurs and corporations. She and Stefan Jacob co-founded the BOP Hub based in Singapore with Jack Sim of the World Toilet Organization. Prior to devoting her career to the social impact space she held various roles in Citigroup – strategic planning, business development, process optimization, and organizational consulting.
Pin received her MBA from UC Berkeley, where she co‐chaired the Global Social Venture Competition. She holds a B.S. magna cum laude from New York University, is fluent in Mandarin and speaks basic French.
Kirsten Gagnaire (Advisor: Social Enterprise Business Models, mHealth, Ghana)
Kirsten is a pioneer in the social enterprise field with more than 15 years of experience in global concept-to-execution program management, specifically in multi-stakeholder public health and child welfare. She has worked with Ashoka, Grameen, KPMG and numerous others, and founded Social Enterprise Group, where she partnered with Gifford Pinchot III and Bainbridge Graduate Institute to develop Sustayne®, a social venture development methodology, and roll it out nationwide. She is a champion of the mHealth field, and possesses exceptional ability to communicate cross-culturally, manage diverse staff, create commonality between stakeholders, and adapt respectfully to social customs and norms.
Kirsten studied business administration at Seattle University, and has conversational command of French, Russian, and Bambara.