Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Paul Velaski joined SVCF as chief financial officer in August 2014. Paul, who had previously served as CFO at the Arizona Community Foundation since 2007, has broad experience in the nonprofit sector as well as the corporate world. He started his career at Arthur Andersen as a senior accountant in the audit division. He left there to work for First Bank System Inc. as a trust auditor, credit analyst and accounting supervisor.
Paul then transitioned into the charitable sector with the Special Olympics organization, where he spent 11 years in finance, operations, development and marketing. He served as vice president and chief financial officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, and also as interim president and CEO of that organization prior to joining the Arizona Community Foundation.