Press Release - January 20, 2016

SVCF Welcomes New Board Members And Outside Counsel 

Executives from Electronic Arts, Scale Venture Partners and formerly of Yahoo! join board of directors

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Three new members have been named to the board of directors of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and a new outside counsel also has been appointed, SVCF announced today.

The new SVCF board members are Carol Bartz, former CEO of Yahoo! Inc.; Laura Miele, senior vice president of publishing at Electronic Arts; and Kate Mitchell, cofounder and partner of Scale Venture Partners. In addition, Erik Dryburgh, a principal in the law firm of Adler & Colvin, will serve as SVCF’s new outside counsel. The appointments were effective Jan. 1, 2016.

“We are confident that SVCF will benefit from the experience and wisdom that Carol, Laura, Kate and Erik will bring to our organization,” said C.S. Park, chair of SVCF’s board of directors. “We welcome them and applaud their leadership and service to the community.”

SVCF is the largest community foundation in the world, with more than $6.5 billion in assets. In partnership with its individual and corporate donors, SVCF is the biggest funder of Bay Area charities and awards more international grants than any other community foundation.

Carol Bartz has extensive experience leading complex global technology companies. While chief executive of Yahoo!, one of the world's premier digital media companies, Carol modernized technology platforms, acquired companies for expansion, divested businesses for focus, ignited partnerships, cut costs, expanded margins and grew consumer audience to 800 million people. Prior to joining Yahoo! in 2009, she led Autodesk as CEO and also served as executive chairman. Earlier in her career, Carol held several leadership positions at Sun Microsystems.

Laura Miele serves as senior vice president of publishing at Electronic Arts, where she oversees all operations, marketing execution and sales. She brings a passion for games and deep experience in sales, strategy, marketing, product management and financial planning to her current role. In her 20 years in the videogame industry, Laura has served in a variety of strategic leadership roles across EA. Prior to her current position, she served as general manager of the Star Wars business, working closely with Lucasfilm to ensure EA games best reflected the Star Wars universe.

Kate Mitchell is a cofounder and partner of Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies that are looking to scale. Kate and the ScaleVP team have backed successful, high growth companies including ExactTarget (Salesforce), Vitrue (Oracle), Ring Central, Box, DocuSign, and Omniture (Adobe). Kate is instrumental in building ScaleVP’s strategic direction, and also focuses on investments in software and business services, including SaaS and mobile technologies. 

Erik Dryburgh is a principal in the law firm of Adler & Colvin, which specializes in representing nonprofit organizations and their donors. He has an undergraduate business degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and earned his J.D. at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall. Erik’s areas of expertise include charitable gift planning, not-for-profit organizations, donor advised funds and endowments.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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