Our Community Partners 


SVP Sacramento is focused on investing through a community impact model to ensure every student in the Greater Sacramento Region is on a clear pathway to economic security. We work with our community partners in building and seeding high-impact partnerships generating superior impact in key outcome areas for students.

We have identified three focus areas for investment that serve as levers for improving our youth’s opportunity to graduate and be ready for the workforce. The three focus areas are: 1) Literacy, 2) STEM/Digital Fluency, and 3) Workforce Readiness.

Our goal through this model is to seed, mobilize & align, and engage with a portfolio of 3 high-impact partnerships and initiatives in Del Paso Heights increasing:

  • Literacy Rates for 75 of the lowest performing high schoolers

  • STEM Proficiency for 75 of the lowest performing high schoolers

  • Develop basic digital skills for 100 high schoolers

  • Expose hands on professional experience to 100 high schoolers

  • Establish career pathways developing job opportunities for 25 high schoolers


Current Community Partners and Initiatives


Innovator’s Academy

The Innovator’s Academy is a collective effort made up of four organizations that are committed to advancing literacy and STEM outcomes for youth in Del Paso Heights and specifically Grant High School and its feeder path. As a collective we successfully piloted a literacy component from January through the end of the school year in June.

The collective effort now encompasses four organization:

Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Workforce Development Camp - GEO Academy at Grant High School

Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ), in partnership with Social Venture Partners of Sacramento, Higher Education, Water and Forestry industries, and the Grant Union HS GEO Academy, will deliver an innovative environmental science workforce development and career exploration camp program to Grant Union High School students.

Together, our partners will directly connect students to local higher education and industry representatives during an unforgettable three-day/two-night educational camp in the Sierra Mountains to 1) expose students to future careers within environmental industries; 2) provide students with the educational pathways necessary to attain those careers; and 3) connect students to local organizations within the water, forestry and environmental industries who will provide internship opportunities.

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Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion

SVP Sacramento has partnered with the City of Sacramento, the Sacramento Public Library, and Valley Vision to serve as a steering committee for the Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion.

The vision for the coalition is that every citizen and household in the Greater Sacramento Region has access to the internet, the equipment needed to use it, and the skills necessary to utilize it. 

The mission of the coalition is to facilitate collaboration among organizations and initiatives working to bridge the digital divide in order to maximize the resources for the greatest impact.

Visit our website HERE to learn more.


Sacramento County Literacy Movement

The Sacramento County Literacy Movement is “a group of dedicated nonprofits, educators, librarians, health experts, philanthropists, policy makers, elected officials, and students” came together to discuss literacy and how we can work collectively to “accelerate the progress of grade-level literacy” throughout all of Sacramento.

The vision of the movement is putting all children on a path to success through reading and writing.

The mission of the movement is to create a community-wide literacy movement that commits to the achievement of all children.


Innovative PAthways to public Service

Innovative Pathways to Public Service” is a cross-sector collaborative of organizations focused on youth and workforce development. We are leaders from education (K-12 and community college), workforce development, municipal and state government agencies, and regional community and business partners that want to align efforts for more intentional, effective pathways into public service.

We are committed to developing a robust public sector pipeline and engaging in challenging work and authentic dialogue to align programs and services that support public sector employment and training. Our goal is to establish Innovative Pathways to Public Service as the regional advisory body for promoting a public sector talent pipeline of diverse youth and young adults.


SVP Community Impact Committee

The Community Impact Committee ensures that Social Venture Partners Sacramento delivers an excellent value proposition through impactful, high quality, and innovative programs and services to our stakeholders – our community partners, our SVP partners, and our community.

This committee will serve as the body that will support in investment and engagement recommendations to advance our strategic goals in the area of Literacy, STEM/Digital Literacy, and Workforce Readiness.

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Blaine Smith

Director of NFNRC at Los Rios Community College District

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Conner Johnston

Associate Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP & Co-Founder/CEO at My Warchest


Joaquin Paratore

Vice President & Relationship Manager at Beneficial State Bank


Matson Sewell - Chair

Owner Matson Sewell Healthcare Consulting


Mike Knittel

Lead Portfolio Manager and CIO at Lagunitas Asset Management

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Sarah Klose

Founder & CEO at Venture HR

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Sunny Mills

Diverse Learning Consultant/Coach at North State Building Industry Foundation

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Walter Di Mantova

Creator at Generative Futures Lab

Past Community Partners and Investments


Powerhouse Science Center

Starting Investee Year: 2010

SVP Investment: $130,000

Reading Partners

Starting Investee Year: 2009

SVP Investment: $70,000

Research Area for Teaching

Starting Investee Year: 2010

SVP Investment: $110,000

San Juan Education Foundation Literacy Program

Starting Investee Year: 2012

SVP Investment: $10,000

Teach for America

Starting Investee Year: 2011

SVP Investment: $312,000

Youth Development Network – Gallup Teacher Strengths Institute

Starting Investee Year: 2012

SVP Investment: $30,000

916 Ink

Starting Investee Year: 2015

SVP Investment: $63,600

Aerospace Museum of CA STEM Program

Starting Investee Year: 2012

SVP Investment: $10,000

City Year Sacramento

Starting Investee Year: 2011

SVP Investment: $235,000

College Track Sacramento

Starting Investee Year: 2013

SVP Investment: $180,500

Fit Sacramento

Starting Investee Year: 2011

SVP Investment: $10,000

Holy Cross Prep Academy Teacher Intern Program

Starting Investee Year: 2012

SVP Investment: $20,000

Positive Coaching Alliance

Starting Investee Year: 2009

SVP Investment: $70,000