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Paul Shoemaker

Paul Shoemaker is Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Seattle; a Seattle non-profit focused on children, education, and the environment in the fulfillment of two missions - helping non-profits build their organizational capacity and catalyzing individual, engaged philanthropy. He is also the Founding President of SVP International, a North American federation of SVP's in 23 cities - And he is the Board Treasurer of Grantmakers For Effective Organizations, a national network of foundations focused on effectiveness and capacity building.

Prior to 1998, Mr. Shoemaker acted as the group manager for worldwide operations of the Microsoft Corporation, implementing Microsoft end user direct billing solutions as well as other business planning and development. At Microsoft he also developed a group of 22 direct marketing professionals and implemented a direct marketing infrastructure. During the 1980's Mr. Shoemaker worked as a Product Manager at Nestle USA in Glendale, CA.

During his career, Mr. Shoemaker has also served on the boards of the Children's Alliance in Seattle, '96-'00, and Treepeople in Los Angeles, '87-'90. Paul Shoemaker holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Texas and a BBA in Accounting from Iowa State University.