Ms. Van Dusen was recognized by Silicon Valley Business Journal as a 2015 Woman of Influence based on her 25-plus years of environmental and social innovation leadership. As Chief Relationship Officer at SV2 – Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, she cultivates and stewards key relationships to make social responsibility a priority for everyone in Silicon Valley. SV2 is a community of more than 200 individuals and families who have joined together to learn about effective giving and pool their resources to invest in innovative nonprofits and for profit social enterprises. Today she champions SV2’s cross-sector social innovation initiatives leading SV2’s impact investing efforts investing in early stage, mission-driven for-profit companies. SV2’s capacity-building support for pioneering nonprofits and strategic collaborations within the social impact field is primarily focused on Silicon Valley but also includes some international grant making.
Van Dusen is a lifelong civic leader and environmentalist who sits on the City of Palo Alto’s Sustainability and Climate Action Advisory Board, was appointed by Palo Alto City Council to the Utility Commission, worked at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, served on numerous boards initiating environmental change including Palo Alto public schools, Planned Parenthood, Boy Scouts, the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and has worked on multiple successful political campaigns related to clean energy policy at both the state and local levels, in addition to Obama and Hillary for America. After launching and leading the award-winning Palo Alto Online, she created and hosts First Person, a video interview series featuring Silicon Valley trailblazers pioneering innovations in technology, social impact and creativity. In addition, Lisa Van Dusen is a practicing artist and arts advocate/activist who believes art and stories are a powerful platform for social change. She speaks frequently on the topic of civic engagement, sustainability and the role of civic and social impact leadership sharing her deep knowledge of solutions and models for resilient communities.