Press Release - October 10, 2019

Silicon Valley Community Foundation appoints new finance, donor engagement, IT, legal affairs and fundraising leaders

After extensive searches, Silicon Valley Community Foundation has appointed five new leaders in finance and operations, donor engagement, information technology, legal affairs and fundraising and business development.

SVCF is pleased to announce that Liz Carey has joined as executive vice president, finance and operations; Kimberly Myers Hewlett will join as senior vice president for donor engagement; George Lin has joined the organization as senior vice president for information technology; Chanthi Lune has begun work as SVCF’s first senior vice president for legal affairs; and Alex Tenorio has been appointed executive vice president, fundraising and business development.

“We are thrilled to have recruited such formidable talent. These leaders will advance SVCF to our next chapter in offering exceptional service to our donors and a connection with our region to catalyze positive change for years to come,” said Nicole Taylor, president and CEO.

Liz Carey started at the foundation on October 7. For the past five years, Liz served as vice president and chief financial officer for the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), where her responsibilities included developing and executing organizational strategy in respect to finance, fund management, investments, operations, trust administration and technology.  Prior to her tenure at OCF, Liz served as CFO/COO for the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, where she managed daily operations, financial planning and budgeting for the two nonprofit organizations. She also worked as senior manager and director of KPMG’s International Development Assistance Services. Liz’s clients included the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many colleges and universities across the United States.

Liz is a graduate of Penn State University, where she received undergraduate and master’s degrees in business administration. Her volunteer experience includes serving as treasurer of the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

Kimberly Myers Hewlett will join SVCF on November 11, and will lead the team that helps SVCF’s donors make an impact on the social issues they care most about through their philanthropy. Kimberly comes to SVCF from Stanford University, where she most recently served as associate director of corporate and foundation relations for Stanford Medical Center. There, she built relationships with a portfolio of 150 foundations and corporate donors. Earlier positions at Stanford include work as a project manager for major gifts to the medical center, and director of alumni relations for the Office of Medical Development. Prior to her time at Stanford, Kimberly worked in foundation and corporate advising for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ office in Los Angeles.

Kimberly received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford in economics and earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is a board member of the Myers Family Foundation, a family council member of the Flora Family Foundation, and an advisor to the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She is also vice president of the board of Seacology, an Oakland-based nonprofit focused on environmental protection of island communities around the world.

George Lin began work with SVCF on September 16. George is a five-time public company CIO who’s spent nearly 30 years enabling client success in the enterprise/cloud software, semiconductor, consumer electronics and financial services industries. He is recognized as a leader who holistically transforms IT and improves businesses’ performance through people development, process improvement, and technology enablement. Since 2017, George served as senior IT director at Rambus, where he accelerated the company’s transformation to a software product company. Previously, he was chief information officer and vice president for information technology at CallidusCloud, a provider of cloud sales, marketing, learning and customer experience solutions. He also held CIO positions at Dolby Laboratories, Advent Software, EMC and Documentum.

George has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and has written extensively on information technology topics.

Chanthi Lune joined SVCF on September 3. She is a finance, investment and legal professional with more than 15 years of experience. Most recently, Chanthi was a member of the Professional Outsourced Philanthropic Solutions team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, which helps nonprofits and other social impact-oriented organizations solve their most critical strategic, administrative and development challenges. She previously served as a finance/administration director for a private foundation in the Bay Area focused on youth development and poverty alleviation. Chanthi began her career working in private wealth management at several Wall Street firms, including Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Chanthi received a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific, and her MBA and JD degrees from Gonzaga University. She is a member of the State Bar of California, and she previously served as a board director at AC Global Risk.

Alex Tenorio will join SVCF on October 17. Most recently, Alex served as chief development officer at Menlo School, an independent college preparatory school in Atherton. Prior to joining Menlo, he served as senior director of development at Stanford University’s Office of Development, overseeing a wide range of staff and fundraising programs. His tenure at Stanford included the university’s most recent comprehensive campaign, which ended in 2012 with $6.2 billion raised.

Alex graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and received an MBA specializing in finance and leadership from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has served on a number of nonprofit boards and advisory councils, including the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Chicago Council on Planned Giving, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and most recently as president of the Parent Teacher Association at his children’s elementary school in San Carlos.

 “All of us at SVCF look forward to working with these five top-caliber professionals, and are confident they will help us advance our service and our impact in our region. We hope everyone will join us in welcoming Liz, Kimberly, George, Chanthi and Alex to the SVCF community,” Taylor said.

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