Meet the Team
John Moore leads the SVC Philadelphia local network management. He is also the Executive Chair of ImpactPHL, an alliance to promote and grow the impact investing ecosystem in the greater Philadelphia region. He has been a successful angel investor since 2005 with both Robin Hood Ventures, where he is a managing partner, and with Social Venture Circle Philadelphia. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for SVC, as well as Good Company Ventures, an accelerator for social impact companies, and several startup companies including Wash Cycle Laundry and Milkcrate. When he is not investing for impact, he is looking for excuses to go skiing or mountain biking.
Previously, he did business acquisition and development, product pricing, and the implementation of company-wide strategic initiatives for Seton Company, the world’s largest supplier of automotive leather. John spent most of the 90’s developing and launching new cardiovascular catheter products for B. Braun Medical, Inc. John has long forgotten his Mechanical Engineering knowledge from the University of Delaware, but remembers a little from his M.B.A. from Drexel University.
Elizabeth Burger serves as the Manager, Operations & Policy. She handles all operations for the organization, including payroll, benefits, and team financials. The Manager also identifies, evaluates, and applies for potential grant and funding opportunities. Additionally, the Manager heads logistics for select funded projects (such as the Bush Foundation grant).
Following graduation from New College of Florida, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and spent a year living in Hanover, Germany. Prior to joining SVC, Elizabeth earned an M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and worked in the social impact space in Washington, D.C. and the Bay Area. Originally from Florida, she lives and works in Silicon Valley.
Shantí Holloway serves as the Manager of Partnerships and Membership. She ensures that an efficient and productive process is in place for outreach to partners and members. This position also oversees the infrastructure in place to optimize SVC’s operational effectiveness and localization strategy. The Manager designs and maintains SVC’s data, communications and CRM systems, and supports the Local Network Managers. As well as manages the implementation and administration of technology within our organizations.
Prior to Social Venture Circle, Shantí spent over 15 years working in the insurance and financial services industry in many different roles. The majority of her experience is in client services, marketing, and operations.
Shantí is a Florida native but received her undergraduate degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC- Chapel Hill and holds an M.B.A. and Masters in Information Sciences from North Carolina Central University. Shanti lives in Durham, NC with her husband and daughter.
Board of Directors
Heather is a Vice Chair on the Board for SVC. She founded Caspian in 2005, to produce conferences for the innovative and social good business space. Caspian’s social enterprise clients include the Skoll Foundation, the Omidyar Network, Code for America, Playworks, Endeavor Global, San Diego Zoo, and Futures Without Violence. Caspian has also worked with brands including HarperCollins, Vanity Fair and Keurig Green Mountain Coffee. Caspian has had the distinction of producing the Skoll World Forum for the past 12 years.
Mason also created the Caspian 10 Essentials methodology as a system to ensure business goals could be mapped and met through live events. The Caspian 10 Essentials is offered as a training program for in-house event teams and clients include Oxford University, Swansea University, and Cheung Kung Institute of Business in London. Recently, Caspian partnered with Cvent, the largest event software provider in the world, to provide the Caspian 10 Essentials via a webinar series.
Mason’s previous work experience includes Fox Studios, Fox TV, the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, the Bud Greenspan Olympic film crew, as well as a marketing career in technology including ShowBIZdata and Broadstream. Prior to starting Caspian, she worked at Charles Schwab producing conferences across the country.
She graduated with a degree from Utah State University, where she was awarded Woman of the Year award and the President’s Leadership scholarship. She is on the board of Social Venture Network (SVN).
Jeffrey Hollender is co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, the founder of Sustain Natural and is an Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the Stern Business School, New York University. Hollender is also a strategic advisor and former Board Chair of Greenpeace US; and currently CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of business leaders committed to progressive public policy.
Michael is the Board Secretary. He was the founder of Impact Makers – a revolutionary new social enterprise model. Impact Makers is an “all-profit-to-charity” IT consulting firm that is governed by a volunteer Board to ensure its commitment to mission, and which was gifted to two public charities to create lasting community benefit.
Michael spent the early years of his career as a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). His tenure allowed him to consult, with increasingly complex engagements, throughout the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India) region. During this time, Michael lived or worked in seven countries and spent significant time in over 25 nations becoming conversant in French along the way. When he moved on to be a Product Manager with ViryaNet Systems in Jerusalem, Israel, he added Hebrew to his language skills. Later, while an independent consultant, Michael completed an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Upon returning to the States, Michael held positions including the Manager of Application Development at Health Management Corporation (HMC), a leading disease management company and subsidiary of WellPoint Blue Cross / Blue Shield (one of the nation’s largest providers of health insurance) and the Director of Product Development at First Health Services Corporation. Michael founded Impact Makers in 2006 with $50 and a laptop, and as CEO grew it to a staff of 140 until he left the company last year.
Praful Shah is the Board Treasurer for SVC and an angel investor focused on social impact. He has invested in 75 start-up companies. He is the Advisory Chairman of Principium Investments. He has been an advisor or on the Board of several other organizations.
Praful’s passion is to alleviate poverty of all kinds (especially ignorance) and provide richness to lives. He spent over thirty years as a scientist and an executive in the Research and Development departments of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies where he focused on pharmaceutical product and process development. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, an MBA (Finance) and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics. He lives near Boulder, CO with his wife Karen.
Seungah is the Board Chair for SVC. With experience driving the growth of companies at varying stages of the acquisition process, Seungah Jeong brings to MPOWERD the expertise and insider knowledge accumulated from almost two decades of senior executive leadership in CPG. After key managerial roles at Procter &Gamble and NARS cosmetics (a subsidiary of Shiseido Inc.) Jeong co-founded NEST Fragrances, quickly developing the brand into one of the most successful luxury lifestyle fragrance companies in the market. While serving in a variety of key leadership roles, most recently as the Chief Operations Officer, Jeong played a critical role in the structure and management of virtually every facet of the business – from product inception and operations to sales plans and marketing initiatives. As a strategist, she addressed the business needs of the burgeoning company through the creation of several separate business units within the structure of NEST itself, positioning the brand for equal viability in the mass marketplace as well as the licensing and private label sectors, leading to their acquisition by Tengram Capital Partners in 2012.
Joining MPOWERD as CEO in 2016 has been a homecoming of sorts for Jeong, whose passion for environmental sustainability led her to double major in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago before earning her Masters in Geography (Environment & Development) at the University of Cambridge in England.
Alan Bernstein, a native New Yorker and business lawyer for entrepreneurs for over 30 years, reveals his impact investing pioneer cred, discusses his first SVC investment, and shares what is most refreshing about the network and how he hopes to see the impact investing space grow in NY.
Annarie Lyles invests, via Bio-Gist Ventures LLC, in businesses with wellness solutions, such as preventing pollution and disease, improving agricultural sustainability, and making energy cleaner. She also mentors life-science entrepreneurs. During prior careers, she negotiated biotechnology deals, helped run zoos, advised endangered species breeding programs, and enjoyed ecology adventures in the tropics.
As impact investors in food system change, we are inspired by slow money principles and happy to form this committee as a part of the SVC NY Local Network. For more information, please contact Claude Arpels.
John is a native Philadelphian and has spent 30 years in the technology and investment industries. His core strengths are in financial and business analysis and planning, but his career has included significant amounts of time in most functional areas of the companies with which he has worked, including: sales, product development, marketing, strategic planning, operations, risk management. His core working values are: continuous learning, collaboration, contribution.
For the last 14 years, John has become increasingly interested and involved in pursuing positive changes in urban education through association with private and chartered schools, as well as by networking with local philanthropists who are supporting educational reform and expansion. His philanthropic strategy is to support small-scale innovative programs that have “direct” impact on young people, and which can be eventually grown to scale.
John has been married for 40 years has a grown son who is employed in the institutional investment industry in Philadelphia. He enjoys reading, investing, traveling, and learning foreign languages (Hebrew and Spanish – so far).
Shannon Mudd is Director of Microfinance, Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurial Programs at Haverford College. He has been engaged in impact angel investing as a member of SVC Philly since 2013 directing funds from the foundation of an alumnus. His work engages students throughout the process of deal flow, due diligence and portfolio management. He is a member of Haverford’s Department of Economics and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He is currently serving on the SVC Philly Executive Committee.
Steve is a Founder and Managing Director of Solidarity Capital Group, an impact investment firm that finances economically sustainable social justice enterprises. His background includes a 20 year IBM management career including key roles launching, leading, or accelerating four internal startup ventures. He is a co-founding member of the SVC NC local network and serves several entrepreneurial support organizations, the real estate committee of Passage Home, and the board of the Duke Catholic Center. He is an alumnus of the Venture Capital Institute and of Stanford University and Duke University, and is married with two daughters and one son.