Paul Shoemaker Media Bio
Paul Shoemaker is the Executive Connector (and Director) of Social Venture Partners Seattle. SVP Seattle helps individuals realize greater impact with their giving, strengthens nonprofits, and enriches Washington’s social sector so we can improve the lives of kids and protect our environment.
SVP Seattle is an affiliate of the Social Venture Partners Network, a federation of SVP’s in 30+ cities across the world. Paul is the Founding President of SVP International and currently sits on their board of directors.
Paul is committed to work in the community, serving on the boards of several organizations. In addition to his current work with SVPI. He sits on the Board of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation and Partners for Our Children. Past work includes a recent term as Board Treasurer of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (2001-2007), Children’s Alliance in Seattle, (1996-2000) and Treepeople in Los Angeles (1987-1990).
In 2011 and 2012, Paul was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Non-Profit Sector” by The NonProfit Times, and in 2013 he received the Red Winged Leadership Award from Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics.
Before coming to SVP Seattle in 1998, Paul was group manager for worldwide operations at Microsoft Corporation and developed a group of 22 direct marketing professionals and implemented a direct marketing infrastructure. Prior to his work at Microsoft, Paul was a Product Manager at Nestle USA in Glendale, CA.
Paul holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Texas and a BBA in Accounting from Iowa State University. Paul enjoys life with his wife and three sons, and is an avid sports fan, especially of his own kids’ teams, and “enjoys” his hobby as a high school basketball referee.
You can download a photo of Paul on Flickr.