Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) is a non-profit foundation based in Palo Alto, California. SVAMC is led by its Board of Directors and guided by its advisors and membership. Management is coordinated through the SVAMC Executive Committee and various operating committees and task forces.


Donna Passons  Executive Director
Bill Seward  Assistant Executive Director
Aubrie Aviña  Marketing


Membership Committee

Theodore K. Cheng Chair
Jim Reiman
Chris Compton  ex officio
Gary McGowan
Bill Tanenbaum

Tech List Coordination

Merriann Panarella  Chair
Gary Benton  ex officio
David Allgeyer
Theodore K. Cheng
Rod Thompson

Tech List Selection

Robert B. Morrill  Co-Chair
Sherman Kahn  Co-Chair
Gary Benton  ex officio
Susan Nycum
Harrie Samaras


International Task Force

Paul Cohen  Co-Chair
Grant Kim  Co-Chair
Gary Benton  ex officio
Les Schiefelbein  ex officio
Sherman Kahn  Tech List Selection Committee Liaison
Bill Baker
Manuel Gómez
Paul Mason

Europe Group

Paul Cohen  Lead
Duarte Henriques
Thomas Legler

Asia Group

Grant Kim  Lead

Latin America Group

Manuel Gómez  Co-Lead
Paul Mason  Co-Lead

U.S. / Canada Group

Bill Baker  Lead

Law Firm Task Force

Chris Compton  Chair
Rod Thompson
Vicki Veenker
Rachel Zargar

Practice Focus Task Force

Ray Bender  Chair
Gary Benton  ex officio


For information on Steering Committee members, click here.

Ray Bender  SVAMC Board Liaison