Our team is small but mighty. We have over 50 combined years of experience in both for profit and nonprofit sectors and have collectively lived and worked in over 40 countries.

Most importantly though, we love what we do.


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Sara Olsen
Founder & CEO

Sara founded SVT Group in 2001 after cofounding the Global Social Venture Competition and working in a social enterprise founded by Shorebank in Chicago. She has worked with over 100 unique clients internationally, has taught some 6,000 individuals about impact management in person and has exposed over 30,000 to the concepts via writings and remote trainings since starting SVT. Bloomberg Businessweek has recognized Sara twice as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs for her work defining the impact management discipline. She is a founding board member of Social Value United States, co-chair of the methodology subcommittee of Social Value International, an adjunct faculty member at Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Hult International Business School, and the author of many publications on impact management. Sara earned her MBA from UC Berkeley and MSW from the University of Chicago, and views her most formative education to have come from living and teaching in the Mississippi Delta after college. She lives with her daughter and partner in Silicon Valley.


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Courtney Kemp
Operations, Business Development, and Client Services

Courtney Kemp is a key figure in SVT’s operations and participates in client service and and business development efforts. Previously she was Strategic Initiatives Advisor for the Middlebury Institute’s Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL), a role in which she was responsible for leading a group of 100+ social change makers within the Middlebury community and managing a variety of student-led consulting projects around impact investing due diligence, B Corp certification, microfinance, and impact assessment. As an Impact Consultant, Courtney also provides critical support in the areas of research, project management, and financial and impact due diligence for a variety of global SMEs. Prior to working for CSIL, Courtney worked on diverse international development projects in the United States, Tanzania, and France. She holds a BA in Applied Political Economy and French from the University of Arizona, and a dual MBA/MA in Social Enterprise and Finance and International Policy and Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is fluent in French and is based in the Pacific Northwest. 

 

 


SVT Specialists

We work with a gallery of talented consultants who bring with them both regional and subject matter expertise, including: public health, sustainable development, carbon footprinting, agriculture, network analysis, and women’s empowerment.

Here are just a few we are currently working with or have worked with recently:

David Pritchard
Evaluation, Impact Investing, & Nonprofits

Aparna Gole
Business Research & Strategy

Karina Kloos
Research Design & Land Rights

Aislinn Betancourt
Impact Management, Strategic Planning, & Equity Centered Design

Ed Quevedo
Foresight & Innovation

Eric Israel
Finance, Accounting, & Integrated Sustainability Reporting

Shubha Kumar
Evaluation, Global Health, & Higher Education

Priya Patil
Evaluation, Public Health, & International Development

Bill Davis
Technology & Business Intelligence

 

Ian David Moss
Decision Analysis, Impact Evaluation, & the Arts

Majid Salehizadeh
Financial Modeling

Drew Tulchin
Impact Investing & Entrepreneurship, the Arts & Microfinance

Roger Cunningham
Educational Policy & International Development

Open Positions


Intern

SVT Group is looking for bright, passionate, and curious interns to join our team for a 4-6 month internship with start dates on a rolling basis. 

We have a number of projects in mind that range from research to social media content development and are happy to work with our intern to determine a Scope of Work that is both mutually rewarding and exciting. The following are a few examples of potential intern projects:

  • Calculate the ideal amount of time we should be spending in each area of our business (operations, business development, marketing, project work, etc.) in order to reach our revenue goals for next year.
  • Contribute to the development of an updated "Pulse of Impact Management" report by: (1) developing a list of prospective fiscal sponsors, (2) supporting outreach to those sponsors, (3) maintaining an online fundraising platform, (4) developing a list of potential interviewees, and (5) supporting outreach to those potential interviewees.
  • Develop social media content for our website, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Develop a database of client prospects.
  • Perform research into the demand for support related to social (including but not limited to environmental) impact measurement, management and reporting/communications, specifically although not necessarily exclusively among the following industries: Real estate development/construction; public health; philanthropy and/or impact investing; established, privately held businesses. 
  • Assist, as needed, with client projects.

What we look for in an intern:

  • Commitment to social justice
  • Curiosity
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to work independently
  • Integrity
  • Familiarity with social entrepreneurship and impact investing

Other requirements:

  • Intern must be willing to work remotely and secure access to both a computer and stable internet connection.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

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