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Nadya Shmavonian, MBA

  • Lecturer, NPL Program

Nadya K. Shmavonian is Director of the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund, a pooled fund of nine philanthropic partners that encourages and supports mergers and other types of formal, long-term strategic alliances and restructuring opportunities among nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. She will be joining SeaChange Capital Partners as a partner in October 2017. SeaChange is a New York-based nonprofit merchant bank whose mission is to enable transactions that increase the impact of nonprofits while offering leveraged opportunities for funders. In addition to her continued management of the Repositioning Fund, Ms. Shmavonian will contribute to SeaChange’s national field-building and advisory services.

Nadya served as president of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) from January 2010 – July 2012, where she presided over the closure of the organization. Nadya has extensive foundation management experience, having served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, and executive vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she also worked as director of administration and as a program officer in health and human services. Before joining the foundation community, she worked in the health sector, as well as overseas in humanitarian relief, both of which she has continued to address during the almost three decades she has spent in and around philanthropy.

Nadya serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Philadelphia Youth Basketball, and recently retired from the board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (she now serves on the CEP Advisory Board) and stepped down from the Lenfest Foundation board. She also serves on the Prize Committee for the Lipman Family Prize at the McNulty Leadership Program at Wharton. She helped found and served on the board of The Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (a partnership of the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations), as well as the Partners for Seed in Africa Fund, an initiative for South Sudan supported by Howard Buffet. She has served on the Advisory Boards of the National Philanthropic Trust and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was one of the first two non-family members of the Surdna Foundation Board, where she served for six years.

Nadya holds a BA from the University of Chicago, and an MBA with a concentration in health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award from Wharton Women in Business in 2011.

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