Q & A with SVP Partner Dawn Trudeau
What are you currently working on, and how do you personally decide which projects to work on?
The projects I work on are all centered on creating systems or programs to improve social and economic justice. I currently chair the board of the Economic Opportunity Institute, which is a policy development organization that focuses on developing policies to strengthen the middle class and help people from falling into poverty. I am on the Education Collective Action Team that focuses on improving the education system. I am also on the board of Social Venture Partners International, that provides the backbone to SVP’s around the world in order to enable them to achieve the greatest success in their local communities and is working to help create more educated philanthropists. I recently joined the Microsoft Alumni Foundation board in order to contribute to helping the tens of thousands of Microsoft alumni connect with their philanthropic passion and capabilities.
What is one book/blog post/article you would recommend to those interested in social betterment?
Nonprofit organizations need excellent management in order to achieve their mission. This is a short, thought-provoking read about what that means and how to get there - Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great.
What has been your most interesting experience thus far at SVP?
By far the most interesting experience I've had is working with other SVP Partners and Investees at the local and international level. The quality of thought and passion and knowledge I've encountered is inspirational.
Favorite Seattle hangout?
You can't have a lot more fun than Key Arena on a Storm game night. To feel like a local, buy fruits and vegetables at Sosio's at the Pike Place Market.
How should other like-minded Partners/people get in touch with you?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.