Press Release - September 11, 2017

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Names Vice President of Development, New Director for Eastern Region

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Silicon Valley Community Foundation has named Melany Duval as vice president of development, the organization announced today. In addition, Milton Speid has been named director of development for SVCF’s Eastern region.

Duval, an executive with more than two decades of professional fundraising experience, joins SVCF from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where she served as senior associate dean and associate vice president of health sciences development. Her primary role at SVCF is to help individuals, corporations and nonprofit organizations achieve their philanthropic goals through engagement with the community foundation’s many services. She will lead a team of approximately one dozen development staff.

“Melany not only has an incredibly strong fundraising background, but deep expertise in management and great qualities as an organizational leader,” said Mari Ellen Loijens, chief business, development and brand officer for SVCF. “We are thrilled that she will bring these talents to SVCF and help us expand our philanthropic impact as we head into our second decade.” SVCF is celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2017.

Prior to her work at USC, Duval nearly eight years in a variety of roles at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, including vice president of major and planned gifts and vice president of development. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.

SVCF also announced that Milton Speid will rejoin SVCF as director of development, Eastern region. Speid served as a manager in SVCF’s corporate responsibility department from 2012 through 2014. Since 2014, he has worked in global partnership development for TED, and most recently was vice president of development for North America at the Epic Foundation. Speid will be based in New York City, and will report to Duval. In 2016, SVCF named its first New York-based staff member, Maeve Miccio, who serves as vice president of strategic partnerships, Eastern region. SVCF has more than $430 million in charitable assets under management in the Eastern region.

Both staff members begin their new roles September 11.

For more information about how the development staff at Silicon Valley Community Foundation can help individuals, companies and nonprofit organizations attain their charitable goals, please visit

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