With more than 3,500 partners across the globe, Social Venture Partners make up the world’s largest network of engaged donors. In Austin, our rapidly growing partner network includes more than 100 business leaders and social entrepreneurs.
Cindy Work Abell
President, CWA Consulting
CEO & Founder, Chipper
In addition to serving on the board of Mission Capital, he also serves as Chairman of Concordia University’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Board and is also a member on the Forbes Financial Council.
Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Linus is passionate about empowering individuals and organizations discover and live out purpose. He is an Adjunct Faculty in the Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward’s University and serves as a Trustee of the University as well as on the Board of Directors at University Federal Credit Union (UFCU).
Senior Relationship Manager, Chase Bank
Melisa Atkinson is a Senior Relationship Manager at Chase Bank, covering the Austin Area Not-for-Profit Market. She has over 32 years of experience in the banking industry. Melisa provides organizations an array of banking solutions and services that help entities operate efficiently, cost effectively, and soundly. She provides solutions specifically to not-for-profit organizations which include depository, card processing, credit cards and credit facilities. Melisa is part of the Chase Austin Volunteer Leadership Group. She is an active volunteer in the community.
Senior Director, Tideline
Amy Bell is a Senior Director for Tideline, a strategic advisory firm that provides tailored advice to clients developing impact investment strategies, products, and solutions. Prior to her current role, Amy was Executive Director and Head of Principal Investments for the Sustainable Finance business unit of JPMorgan Chase. In this role, Amy managed a $100 million portfolio of investments in businesses benefiting low-income and underserved populations. She also led the development of program-related investments for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and closed $10 million in loans under the program. In her last year with the firm, she lived and worked in Costa Rica with EcoEnterprises Fund, supporting their work to grow businesses that drive conservation outcomes and improve rural livelihoods. Before her work in Sustainable Finance, Amy worked in JPMorgan’s Investment Bank as part of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Consumer & Retail Coverage groups. She also worked as a consultant for Deloitte in the Dispute & Forensics Service group. Amy holds a Masters in Professional Accounting with a concentration in Managerial Accounting and a BBA in the Business Honors Program and Accounting with a minor in Spanish, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Deputy Chief Ethics Officer, Texas Health and Human Services System
Director of Small & Minority Business Resources (SMBR) Department, City of Austin
When it comes to professional engagement, Veronica also serves as President of the International Hispanic Network (IHN). Veronica served on the board of the Austin Hispanic Network in many roles, including President. Most recently she cofounded and co-chairs ‘Woman to Woman’, a City of Austin employee affiliation group for women. She has a Masters degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas as well as undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Government.
Retired Consulting Partner, Deloitte
Vince Cali is a retired consulting partner with Deloitte. He has been a management consultant for over 35 years with both public and private sector clients in the US and abroad. Vince manages and leads over 300 engagements in the areas of strategy, operational excellence, financial control, corporate governance and dispute resolution. He was a member of the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and a Fellow in the Institute of Management Consultants.
Former Founding Member, Innovation+
Chris is a life-long Austinite, and a graduate of the University of Texas. She was a founding member of Innovation + and also Impact Austin, a local women’s giving group, which will top $5M in grants in 2015. She and her husband Dennis have 2 grown daughters who both live in Austin and a rescued yellow lab named Molly.
President, Cavner Social Enterprises, LLC.
Dennis is an Austin entrepreneur and community activist. Through Cavner Social Enterprises, LLC, he helps high-net worth families realize their personal and community goals. In addition to serving as Board Chair of Mission Capital, his community engagement includes: Chairman of College Forward, board member and Past Chairman of LIVESTRONG and board member of Social Venture Partners International. Holding degrees from the University of Texas in law, finance and accounting, he also serves on the Advisory Board of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at UT.
Special Projects Manager, Deep Eddy Vodka
After graduating from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, Carly worked for KIND Healthy Snacks in sales and marketing for four years and is currently a Special Projects Manager at Deep Eddy Vodka. Carly serves on the board of Creative Action, one the largest providers of creative arts programming in Austin, supporting the academic, social and emotional development of over 18,000 youth a year. Most recently, Carly and her husband Clayton have taken on the most important role of all, becoming parents to a beautiful son in September of 2014.
Partner, CAVU Venture Partners
Clayton Christopher is the founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea Company that he started in 1998 with $10,000 in savings, an old delivery van and a recipe from his grandmother. Sweet Leaf Tea is one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the US, with over $60M in sales and 100+ employees and was purchased by Nestle in 2011. Clayton also sits on the boards of several other food and beverage companies and is a co-founder of Incubation Station, an accelerator for young brands. Clayton won the 2006 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Central Texas, the 2010 AU40 Austinite of the Year Award, AU40 Business and Entrepreneurship Award, as well as the Austin Business Journal’s Best CEO Award for 2011. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and serves on the advisory board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas where he has been a “Big Brother” for 7 years.
Chief Operating Officer, E3 Alliance
Chief Operating Officer, Redbird Flight Simulations
Mike is an experienced CIO at high-growth companies, including 12 years as CIO at Whole Foods Market. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Redbird Flight Simulations. Redbird’s mission is to make aviation safer and more accessible. Mike combines his project management and people leadership experience, and his technology development background into all areas of manufacturing operations. Both Redbird and Whole Foods Market are companies dedicated to a higher purpose than producing or retailing products. While their products are quite different, their missions are similar: to change the way people relate to and consider traditional industries, values which match Mike’s interests.
Attorney & Founding Partner, Davis Kaufman, PLLC
Before founding Davis Kaufman PLLC in 2012, Ms. Davis served as Chief of Staff to House Speaker Joe R. Straus. As Chief of Staff, she provided strategic and operational advice to the Speaker and the entire House leadership, and oversaw the legislative agenda and daily activities of the Speaker’s Office. Prior to her tenure as Chief of Staff, Ms. Davis served for several sessions as House Parliamentarian and Special Counsel to the Texas House of Representatives, where she advised the Speaker and members of the House on all ethics, legal and parliamentary matters relating to the Texas House of Representatives, including points of order, House Rules and precedent, and open records. Her public service also includes work as General Counsel to Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff, Director and Counsel to the Texas Judicial Council under Chief Justice Tom Phillips, General Counsel to the Senate Jurisprudence Committee under Senator Rodney Ellis, Legislative Counsel for the Texas Legislative Council and as Assistant Public Information/Press Officer for Lt. Governor William P. Hobby. Ms. Davis received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. While at the Law School, Ms. Davis served as Notes Editor for the American Journal of Criminal Law.
Operating Partner, Aragona Family Foundation
Chris Earthman has over 15 years of experience at the intersection of non-profit and for-profit enterprises. Chris currently serves as Executive Director for the Aragona Family Foundation (AFF) and is an Operating Partner for the Aragona Family Office (AFO). For the last 10 years Chris has also worked at Austin Ventures (AV) one of the most established venture capital firms in the US. Prior to this work, Chris helped establish the Micron Technology Foundation, the corporate social responsibility vehicle for the largest private employer in Idaho, where he served as Community Relations Manager. He has also spent several years in business development, fundraising, and operations within a variety of nonprofit agencies. Chris holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University. He lives in Austin with his wife, Kathleen, and their 4 sons.
CEO (Sabbatical), Abila
Krista has been a software executive with more than 20 years experience holding positions leading divisions of multi-national corporations and the CEO at a private equity portfolio company. For the past decade Krista has led Abila serving more that 8000 nonprofits with solutions that enable nonprofits to drive their missions through technology. Krista has a proven track record in building valuable organizations through operational efficiency, growth, engaged executive teams and being a strong customer advocate. Krista is currently enjoying some time off traveling, spending time with family and friends and getting involved in the community, before returning to take on her next adventure.
Co-Founder and COO, SASI
Sarah Finley has 20+ years of experience in marketing and professional services, and is currently serving as COO and co-founder of Social Arts & Science Institute (SASI), a consulting business focused on social media training and employee advocacy. She received a law degree from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin. Sarah is also a yogi, health and wellness junkie, world traveler, tree hugger, and dancer.
Founder, Vote Foundation
Board Chair, Austin Achieve Public Schools
Andy retired from Dell Computer Corporation in September 2000 after a successful 24-year career in information technology. He has since directed his efforts toward various personal projects, volunteer efforts and consulting. His energy has been primarily focused on education. He chairs the board of Austin Achieve Public Schools, an open enrollment charter school in east Austin. In addition, he serves on two advisory boards at the University of Texas at Austin and one at his alma mater, Lehigh University. Over the years Andy has been active with various nonprofits throughout the Austin area. While at Dell, he served for seven years in various capacities as IT vice president and Group CIO. He has an BS in Mathematics from Millersville University and a MS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.
Founder, Griffin Strategy Group
TJ has been working in technology for nonprofits for over 15 years and is committed to the idea that technology can change the world. His experience crosses many sectors and spans multiple disciplines including digital and mobile experiences, software and platform development, inbound and outbound marketing strategy, CRM migration and deployment, data strategy and management, staff management and resource consulting, and more. His mission is to build capacity in nonprofits to work more efficiently and better manage and grow their technology platforms.
VP and Founder, Emmis Communications/ Incite
Sarah is the Vice President and Founder of Incite, a cause and social marketing firm within Emmis Communications dedicated to entertainment-driven advertising campaigns that inspire positive action. Incite works with clients across sectors to harness the strengths of each into powerful ad campaigns that use marketing for good. Sarah leads Incite’s team with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, St. Louis and Indianapolis building on her belief in the potential of people to come together for good, the power of collective impact and the ability of ‘one’ to matter. Personal passions include education, supporting girls in the developing world and inspiring others to believe in their own potential to transform the world for good.
Retired, Former Counselor, Austin Recovery Center
Liz moved to Austin in 1987 to pursue a career in the Mental Health field. She worked at Austin Recovery Center as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and the Worker’s Assistance Program (WAP) as a Counselor and Case Manager. While at WAP, she also did Alcohol and Drug Assessments and Crisis Debriefings. After a brief foray into Private Practice, she retired to be a stay at home mom to her daughter. Liz enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, and hiking in our beautiful State and National Parks. Liz graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Illinois State University with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology.
Partner, Atchley & Associates, LLP.
Over the last 35+ years in his public accounting career, Harold has served many individuals and organizations in the Central Texas area as President of Ingersoll & Ingersoll, P.C., as a Partner with Faske Lay & Co., L.L.P and currently as a Partner of Atchley & Associates, LLP. Harold also co-owns and participates in the management two other businesses. Buy Guys Pest Control, LP, a local pest control services company that operates in the Central Texas Area; and Independent Wholesale Insurance Network which is a for-profit association of managing general property and casualty insurance wholesalers and surplus lines agents. Harold’s practice concentration includes merger and acquisition consulting services, succession planning, valuation of businesses, business interests, and personal property, management and financial consulting, litigation support (expert witness) services, and income, estate and gift tax, transaction planning.
Preston received his BSME from Howard University. He serves on the board for a number of nonprofits such as the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce and Four Points Basketball Association. He is an increasingly active member of the Austin startup ecosystem as a member of Central Texas Angel Network and a mentor at Capital Factory in Austin.
Partner, Maxwell Locke & Ritter
Dena Jansen is an audit partner at Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP where she proudly serves and manages the nonprofit practice. She leads the nonprofit niche with a focus on facilitating technical and nontechnical training to internal associates and clients, as well as external groups. Dena enjoys creating connections for her nonprofit clients to other resources in the Central Texas area and serving as a trusted business advisor. Dena is currently on the boards of Mission Capital and Hays CISD Education Foundation.
Principle, TAJ Holdings, LP
Tatiana Jitkoff is Founder and Principle of TAJ Holdings, LP and TAJ Property Investments, a multi-million dollar residential real estate investment and management company revitalizing neighborhoods in Central Texas in a manner that improves the area in an environmentally-conscious way. Tatiana earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University, and an MBA in entrepreneurship and strategic marketing in 2008 from the University of Texas School of Business. She is also actively involved in philanthropy through her role as a trustee of private charitable trust and director at a private foundation.
Senior Financial Analyst, Brown Advisory
Principle, TAJ Holdings, LP
Matt served as CEO of Mission Capital for 10 years, during which he grew the organization three-fold, and previously he was a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting. Matt is a member of Austin Area Research Organization, a gubernatorial appointee to adoption-related boards and commissions, and has been a member and chair of several education and human service nonprofit boards.
In his role as CEO, Mark brings to bear over 20 years of experience developing and leading innovative technology companies. Under Mark’s direction, SailPoint has grown from a collection of fresh ideas into a publicly recognized leader in the identity management software market. Prior to joining SailPoint, Mark served as Senior VP of Software Marketing at Sun Microsystems after Sun acquired Waveset Technologies- a firm that Mark founded. Mark also has experience in sales and marketing at HP and IBM. Mark specializes in creating products that meet real customer needs; working with venture capital firms; fostering a great company culture. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Point Loma Nazarene University, and M.B.A from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Head of Technology & Analytics, IDB Invest
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Founder and President, Sparkovation IT Advisors
Thomas is Founder and CEO of Sparkovation IT Advisors, a management and technology advisory firm specializing in strategic planning, capability alignment and enterprise architecture for various companies. He’s an AARO 2011 McBee Fellow, the immediate past Chairman of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on Mission Capital, Austin Partners in Education Foundation (APEF) and Austin Chamber boards.
Senior Vice President, Crimson Technologies, The Advisory Board Company
Tim leads Client Services for the Technology Division of the Advisory Board Company, which provides an array of professional services to hospitals and health systems. In his two decades with the firm, he has served as a general manager, health care consultant, product architect, and leadership specialist. Tim was active in the nonprofit communities where he has previously lived, including serving on boards and leading pro bono consulting engagements; he is looking forward to doing the same in his new home of Austin. Tim received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and BA from the University of Virginia.
Managing Director, Impact Hub Austin
She has spent time in South Africa as a researcher and advocate, living and working with the people in a township called Soshanguve which stands as a direct result of Apartheid. Along with her work in South Africa, Ashley has also spent time in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Uganda trying to better understand the role of the west in developing countries.
Managing Director - Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors
Away from the office he enjoys cycling, camping, hiking, paddling, skiing, and bird watching. His love of the outdoors drives his volunteer work with organizations, such as Shoal Creek Conservancy, and his financial support of conservation efforts. In his spare time, he enjoys gathering with his children and grandchildren for family celebrations.
Executive Director of Commercialization, Dell Medical School
She is an active member of the Texas entrepreneurship community and a winner of the prestigious Austin Business Journal’s 2015 Profiles in Power Award as well as the 2014 Tech Titan Award. She is a proud member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Austin and the Sustainable Food Center. She is also a founding Advisor to Texas Competes and currently serves on the Social Innovation Council and the Technology Advisory Committee for Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase
Malini joined JPMorgan Chase in May, 2016 with over 18 years experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Malini held senior level banking roles at Citibank, Wells Fargo and Frost Bank.
Malini is passionate about giving back to the Austin community. She serves on the board of United Way, is a member of the Seton Fifty and VP Programs for the ACG Central Texas chapter. Malini was an Austin Business Journal Profile in Power nominee in 2013.
Director of Austin Operations, Brown Advisory
CEO, Key Concierge
Anna is an entrepreneurial leader and expert in US healthcare reform, performance improvement, and M&A. She is passionate about not-for-profit work; her experience extends across the US and UK includes serving a global foundation on a $200M healthcare grant strategy across Nigeria, Senegal, Mauritania and Egypt. Anna is skilled in creating innovative partnerships, not-for-profit strategies, grants, governance and culture transformations; negotiating/structuring performance contracts; and building mentorship/development programs. At McKinsey & Company, where she was elected early as a partner in 2012, Anna’s health care reform strategy/performance transformation work includes private and public sector projects.
Chairman and President, OnRamp
Ryan is responsible for OnRamp’s operations, finance and customer service. Ryan, with his business partner, led a group of investors in acquiring OnRamp through Brown Robin Capital, a private investment firm formed to make long-term investments in established, profitable businesses in growing industries. Prior to founding Brown Robin Capital, Ryan worked for Aero Logistics, where he managed a wide variety of operational areas. Ryan also spent many years working as an investment professional at Farallon Capital Management. At Farallon, Ryan managed $250 million of public and private investments in the energy and business services sectors, overseeing the investment process from investment sourcing to the eventual sale. Ryan holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Charley Scarborough is a philanthropic consultant, providing fundraising expertise to our community’s social impact ecosystem. He has extensive development experience from serving as Mission Capital’s Chief Philanthropy & Engagement Officer and prior to that, executive director for The Seton Fund of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, the nonprofit foundation that raises funds for the Seton Healthcare Family. His Seton experience included providing executive leadership for six different community fundraising groups, engaging hundreds of volunteer leaders. Scarborough was with Seton for almost 15 years, during which time he also served as founding executive director of the Seton Williamson Foundation and director of planned giving for The Seton Fund and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation.
Managing Director, PierceGray, Inc.
Max started his career with the U.S. government working on international trade issues in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. He then joined McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant and later became a key executive with FreeMarkets, the B2B e-commerce company. Max founded XG2, an executive roundtable provider, and currently owns PierceGray, an executive search firm. Max is past Chairman of Westcave Preserve and a former board member of Bamberger Ranch.
Director of Strategic Programs, uShip
Katie currently serves as the Director of Strategic Programs at uShip, an early stage technology company serving the logistics industry. In this role, she develops and executes strategic initiatives that enhance efficiency, enable growth, and improve company profitability. Prior to joining uShip, Katie spent nine years in strategy and operations consulting at Deloitte Consulting where she drove strategic change in public sector organizations of all sizes by assessing organizational strengths and challenges, developing strategic plans, and executing operational improvement initiatives. Katie has also spent time in research administration at Columbia University, and investment banking at JPMorgan and UBS. Katie holds BA and MPA degrees from Columbia University.
Suzi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, Inc. Verb produces massive social innovation competitions that accelerate thousands of early stage social entrepreneurs around the world through seed funding, mentorship and global exposure. Verb spun out of the University of Texas at Austin where it began as the Dell Social Innovation Challenge. Previously Suzi led the Social Entrepreneurship program at the University of Texas at Austin and before that spent several years as a senior executive in the private sector. She is the co-founder of several Austin non-profits, including Innovation+ and Austin Women Entrepreneurs and has served as an advisor or board member for many others. Suzi was a Contributing Editor in social entrepreneurship for Inc magazine. Her passion is the quest for sustainable, scalable social impact with a particular focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Suzi has a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin.
CEO, TengoInternet Inc.
Eric Stumberg currently serves as CEO at TengloInternet, a provider of turnkey WiFi services to the outdoor lodging and hospitality market, which he founded in 2002. Prior to founding TengoInternet, he worked with Dell Corporation and H.B. Zachry Company, a family-owned global construction company. Eric also serves at his church as a board member of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture, and as president of The Patio Ranch. He received both MBA and BBA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and has been living in Austin since 1997. Eric and his wife Keri have a young son together, Erickson. Eric is passionate about building things, teaching and connecting – and consider himself an entrepreneur with expertise in services and wireless technology.
Senior Manager of Communications, Blackbaud
Beyond her role as a thought leader, Ashley takes a great pride in her direct work with groups such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and actively participates in her local community as the director of communications on the board of AFP’s Greater Austin Chapter and as a social venture partner with Mission Capital.
President & CEO, Third Gate Consulting
Founder, Austin Impact Capital
John Thornborrow is the founder of Austin Impact Capital. He brings years of executive financial management experience in both public and private companies, both large and small. His financing transaction experience ranges from angel, venture capital and private equity financings to a wide range of secured and unsecured debt financings. In addition to his role with Austin Impact Capital, John serves on the Board of Directors at Charity Dynamics. John is also active in the Austin-area non-profit community and serves as a Director on the Boards of DiscoverHope Fund, Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, and the Austin Community College Foundation.
President, Community Investment Corp
Jennifer has been working with community enterprises in Austin for the past 20 years. Under the umbrella of Community Investment Corp., a fund she started with her husband, Lee Walker, Jennifer has worked on projects that range from environmental initiatives, to microcredit and entrepreneurial support, to livable urban space design. She serves on the boards of Greenlights/I+, Project for Public Spaces, Ampersand, and is on the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Food Center. She graduated with a BA from Brown University and has a MBA from UT Austin.
Senior Research Fellow, University of Texas