June News

Partner Survey Results

The 2023 Partner Survey Results are in! This survey is one way of understanding SV2’s impact on Partners and how we can continue to achieve our mission, learn, make positive social impact and cultivate community. Everyone can read more highlights. SV2 Partners can also read the full report. Thanks to all Partners who completed this survey!


Food Distribution with Redwood City Together | Community Initiative

Friday, 6/9  | 3:00pm - 6:00pm PT | In Person

Join us for some community volunteering! This is a monthly food distribution where 200-250 families benefit from free groceries. This is an exciting in person volunteer opportunity to be in community with Redwood City Together, our new Community Initiative Grantee Partner. We have five slots available for the SV2 community each month.


SV2 Impact Investing | June Monthly Pitches

Wednesday, 6/14 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Zoom

The SV2 Impact Investing Group (IIG) convenes monthly to hear two social enterprise startups and/or impact venture funds pitch. Partners are invited to provide input on the pitches and volunteer to work with staff and Partner Leaders on due diligence. All SV2 Partners are welcome to begin regularly attending IIG meetings at any point in the year or are welcome to attend meetings on a drop-in basis. Immediately following the Monthly Pitches are Investment Committee (IC) meetings to report on due diligence from the previous month and make decisions on investment selection on behalf of SV2. All Partners in IIG are welcome to observe the IC Meetings immediately following the Monthly Pitches from 1:00-2:00pm.


Race, Equity & American Identity – SV2 Trip to the US South Info Session

Thursday, 7/20  | 12:00pm - 1:00pm PT | Zoom

Registration is open for the second SV2 immersive learning trip to the US South this fall - October 14-21, 2023. We begin in New Orleans, travel Jackson and Selma to end in Montgomery – the heart of the US racial justice and civil rights movement.

On this immersive trip we will meet local civil rights and social justice leaders as well as visit key historical sites to deepen our understanding of our history. We will build our skills on better understanding and working with people across the political spectrum. Every interaction and conversation will build your capacity as a citizen and someone who wants our communities and country to work better for everyone.

Join the info session to learn more about the upcoming trip.  

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Tara Maddala & Brad Waugh

Tara has spent the past 20 years working in genomic diagnostics to help patients make better treatment decisions. She is now founder and CEO of Pandora Bio, a startup focused on precision early detection tools for student mental health. Brad is Associate General Counsel with Intel, where he manages patent lawsuits globally. With three kids who are 17, 17, and 19 years old, Brad and Tara will be empty-nesters starting this fall. They are passionate about equitable mental health services access, serving the homeless, promoting jazz radio, and making the world accessible for disabled children.

Mica Mayo

Philanthropy and community service are an integral part of Mica Mayo’s life. In her heart is this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” With that, each month her global team at ServiceNow comes together for virtual team volunteering. She is a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first intercollegiate historically African American sorority with the mission "to be of service to all mankind." And her family strives to make volunteering a favorite family pastime.

Jacqueline Wender

After a 34-year career in university administration, Jacqueline pivoted back to her earliest interest in the arts and is now a painter. Her philanthropy is centered on the environment (primarily conservation) and education, both locally and globally. She is interested in expanding her outlook on approaches to creative solutions for social change.


SV2 Grantee and Investee Partner Celebrations and Events

Mujeres Unidas y Activas

We are seeking English Language Tutors to work one on one with staff on Zoom. The commitment is 1-2 hrs per week and training is provided. Contact María José Bastias ( to learn more and apply.

Virtual Community Meeting: Redwood City Proposal to Regulate Retail Sales of Firearms and Ammunition

Wednesday, 6/14 | 6:00pm | Zoom

Join the Virtual Community Meeting on June 14 to hear an update on Redwood City's Proposal to Regulate Retail Sales of Firearms and Ammunition. Register here.

Upward Scholars

Upward Scholars is looking for conversation-only partners to help students practice and improve their English conversation skills in a more casual, friendly virtual setting with a fluent English speaker. If you are interested in volunteering to serve as an English Conversation Partner to work virtually one-on-one with one of our students, please complete this short interest form here.

Upward Scholars

Supporting local small businesses started and owned by Upward Scholars students and alumni helps students continue to live out their entrepreneurial dreams!  Support our students and give them the boost they need to keep their businesses thriving.

About SV2

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) is a learning community of everyday givers committed to accelerating equity in the Bay Area through grantmaking and impact investing. For over 20 years, SV2 has been a trusted social innovation leader supporting locals to connect, learn, and practice giving in community alongside their peers. 

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