Speakers Bureau

Regional Meeting PanelThe SVCF team offers extensive knowledge of regional issues and effective strategies to catalyze positive change in our community. Members of our senior staff actively participate in public speaking engagements, panels and forums. To invite a foundation representative to speak at your event, email us at info@siliconvalleycf.org.

The Team


Emmett D. Carson, PH.D.

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.
CEO and President

Areas of Focus:

  • Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector
  • Social Justice and Equity
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Fundraising 
Mari Ellen

Mari Ellen Reynolds Loijens
Chief Business, Development and Brand Officer

Areas of Focus:

  • Fundraising: Major Gifts
  • Fundraising: Complex Gifts
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Nonprofit Strategy and Management
Paul Velaski

Paul Velaski
Chief Financial Officer

Areas of Focus:

  •  Nonprofit Financial Reporting
  •  Budgeting
  •  Nonprofit Governance
  •  Investment/Cash Management
Erica Wood

Erica Wood
Chief Community Impact Officer

Bert Feuss
Senior Vice President, Investments

Areas of Focus:

  • Investment Best Practices for Nonprofits
  • Investment Manager Diversity and Inclusion
  • Investment and Spending Policies
  • Impact Investing

Maeve Miccio
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility

Areas of Focus:

  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Employee Engagement
  • Cause Marketing

Manuel Santamaria
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Grantmaking

Areas of Focus:

  • Grantmaking
  • Immigration, Education, Poverty, Housing
  • Technology and Social Impact
  • Philanthropy and Civil Society