Chief Business, Development and Brand Officer
As chief business, development and brand officer, Mari Ellen oversees Silicon Valley Community Foundation's departments of corporate responsibility, development, strategic partnerships - eastern region, and marketing and communications.
She is a seasoned nonprofit professional with over two decades of experience. In her role at SVCF, she provides advice and guidance to individual and corporate donors about the charitable vehicles that will best meet their philanthropic objectives and oversees SVCF’s brand as a global center of philanthropy.
She joined SVCF in 2004 as director of development for parent foundation, Community Foundation Silicon Valley. Since that time under her leadership, the organization has raised over $8.3 billion and won numerous awards for its marketing and communications work.
Before joining SVCF, she was director of development at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Mari Ellen has held senior level fundraising positions at various public benefit corporations in New York. She served as director of major gifts and planned giving at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, meeting with donors across the country to help support their charitable interest in animals. As director of development at White Plains Hospital Center, she helped build a new cancer center and neonatal ward. Her marketing efforts for the neonatal ward were recognized with a Clarion Award.
Mari Ellen first entered the nonprofit world as a research technician in Rockefeller University’s genetics lab and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s molecular biology lab.
Mari Ellen is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal with a 2012 Women of Influence award. She was the 2007 president of the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mari Ellen supports her alma mater's fundraising efforts as a head class agent for her MHC’s Annual Fund. In 2010 she founded a LinkedIn group for alumnae of her college who are or aspire to be in the nonprofit field. As an active member of the Junior League of San José, she served as 2009-2010 president and continues to be an active Sustaining Member.