Jennifer Ratay Named SV2's New Executive Director

SV2 is an extraordinary community of accomplished, caring Partners modeling excellence in their philanthropy and supporting many of the region’s most innovative and effective nonprofit organizations.
- Jen Ratay
Jen Ratay is the new executive director of SV2.  Photo: hewlett.org
Silicon Valley-based philanthropy group SV2 recently announced that Jen Ratay will be joining the organization as it's new executive director. Jen joins SV2 from the Hewlett Foundation, where she served as a program officer focused on organizational effectiveness.

Laura Arrillaga founded SV2 in 1998 as a way to pool the investments and contributions of many donors, helping to focus their impact and improve effectiveness.

Here's the official press release from SV2:
Jennifer Ratay, program officer in The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group, will join the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) as Executive Director in March, SV2 announced today.

Ratay has served as program officer at the Hewlett Foundation since 2007. At the Hewlett Foundation, she has directed the Foundation's multi-million dollar Organizational Effectiveness grants program that helps grantees strengthen their leadership, organizational infrastructure, and impact. She has coached grantmakers and grantees on leadership development, board governance, strategic planning, evaluation, and financial health and sustainability.

Ratay’s background and skills will translate seamlessly to her work at SV2, a high-impact giving circle. SV2 donors (“Partners”) pool their skills, energy, ideas, and money to make a bigger, more meaningful difference than any one person could make alone. SV2’s 180 Partners together decide which cutting‐edge nonprofits will receive SV2’s 3-year grants in the areas of Education, Health, Environment, and International Development. SV2 Partners become more strategic lifelong philanthropists as they select and advise Grantees, attend SV2 educational events, and learn from one another.

“Jennifer’s exceptional experience in philanthropy, coupled with her vibrant enthusiasm and deep passion for creating social impact, perfectly qualify her to take the helm of SV2,” said Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of SV2. “I am elated about the opportunity to partner with her during SV2’s thrilling next phase of innovation and evolution.”

“SV2 is all about deepening the social impact of our Partners and Grantees, and Jennifer shares that commitment like no one else we’ve met,” added SV2 Board Chair Nancy Heinen. “We are truly fortunate to be adding her to our team.”

Ratay holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College. She has held leadership positions at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, consulted to the Aspen Institute, and worked for a U.S. Congressman, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the United Nations.

“SV2 is an extraordinary community of accomplished, caring Partners modeling excellence in their philanthropy and supporting many of the region’s most innovative and effective nonprofit organizations,” said Ratay. “It’s a tremendous privilege to join this powerful, collective force for good.”

To learn more about SV2: www.sv2.org

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