Who We Are
Trusted advisors to nonprofit leaders and philanthropists
Jen Ratay, Founder
Executive Coach. Social Impact Strategist. Facilitator. Team Builder.
Jen is a veteran nonprofit CEO, philanthropy advisor, facilitator and executive coach. For two decades, Jen has developed and guided high-performing organizations, teams and leaders who are passionate about unleashing vital social change in their communities and around the world.
As founder of Ratay Consulting Partners, Jen provides a range of customized coaching and consulting services to nonprofit boards, founding executives and leadership teams. She also regularly advises individual philanthropists and charitable foundations. Jen serves on the Northern California Grantmakers’ board of directors and has been named by Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley for her leadership in the region and the social sector.
Jen led the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) as Executive Director from 2013-17. Under Jen's leadership, SV2 expanded its grantmaking and impact investing, doubled revenue, and launched field-leading educational programs that helped hundreds of donors and their families become more strategic, confident and generous in their philanthropy. Jen has been a guest lecturer on leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit management at Stanford, and also co-taught a Stanford MBA course, Critical Analytical Thinking. Jen’s speaking engagements have included the Churchill Club and Stanford PACS at Peking University, among others.
Prior to leading SV2, Jen was a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she collaborated with the foundation's leadership team on organization-wide strategy, evaluation and learning. While at Hewlett, Jen built and ran a grantmaking program that strengthened grantees’ effectiveness and managed Office of the President grants, including a $110M grant to the University of California, Berkeley. Jen also worked as a legislative aide to a U.S. Congressman and at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford's Graduate School of Business where she engaged the next generation of socially-minded business leaders.
Jen has an MPA from Princeton University and a BA in Government from Dartmouth College where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Dartmouth, Jen played varsity soccer and was president of the Mountaineering Club.
Jen is dedicated to weaving wellness, laughter and joy into her work with clients. She is a trained life coach and yoga instructor. A life-long athlete who is happiest in the mountains, Jen recharges in nature on a mountain bike. She enjoys coaching youth basketball and fantasizes about being the first female coach of the Boston Celtics. Jen lives in Portola Valley, CA with her family.
Shelley Ratay, Partner
Environmental Leader. Program Director. Board Member.
Shelley is program director for the Change Leadership for Sustainability Program at Stanford University's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. The program offers executive education courses and a masters degree to prepare leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to intervene in complex systems in service of human well-being around the world and across generations.
Shelley has also served as a social impact and environmental sustainability consultant for a number of years. She has broad nonprofit management experience and domain expertise in the fields of land conservation, affordable housing development and green building.
Shelley has held a variety of executive leadership, strategy development and project management roles. Among them, she served as executive director of California's oldest land trust, Sempervirens Fund, where she led the organization’s efforts to protect the majestic redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains and create opportunities for people to enjoy them.
As project director at First Community Housing, Shelley oversaw the financing, green design and construction of affordable apartment buildings, providing safe and healthy housing for hundreds of low-income families in the Bay Area. In her 15+ years in the social sector, she also worked for Beartooth Capital Partners, The Trust for Public Land, Conservation International and Opportunity Fund.
Shelley is a founding board member and treasurer of Legacy Philanthropy Works in Santa Barbara and serves as board treasurer of Canopy, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the life-giving benefits of trees to schools, neighborhoods and public spaces throughout the San Francisco mid-peninsula. Shelley's recent clients include the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University where she wrote a series of case studies on systems change leadership.
Shelley holds an MBA and certificate of Public Management from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. She earned her BA, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where she captained the women's ultimate frisbee team and wrote for the Brown Daily Herald.
Shelley lives in Palo Alto, CA with her family and enjoys yoga, playing soccer and coaching youth sports.
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