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.

The Board of Directors and Executive Committee are chaired by Gary L. Benton and operations are handled by the SVAMC administrative team under the direction of Donna Passons.

Executive Committee

Gary L. Benton (Chairman)

Charles T. Compton (Vice-Chairman)

Lester W. Schiefelbein (Vice-Chairman)

James H. Grossman

Sherman Kahn

Robert B. Morrill

Susan H. Nycum

Neil Smith

Additional Directors

Raymond Bender

Michael H. Diamant

Grant L. Kim

James Madison

Vicki Veenker



General Membership Committee
(in formation)

Jim Reiman (Chair)

Chris Compton (ex officio)

Gary McGowan

Conna Weiner

Marketing Committee
(in formation)

 Chris Compton (Chair)

Programming Committee

Lester W. Schiefelbein (Chair)

William Baker

Michael Diamant

Naomi Jane Gray

Sherman Kahn

Grant Kim

East Coast Programming Subcommittee

Michael Diamant and George Graff (Leads)

Bill Baker

Theo Cheng

Steve Gilbert

Sherman Kahn

Laura Kaster

Jim Reiman

Merriann Panarella

Harrie Samaras

Bill Tanenbaum

Tech List Coordination Committee

Merriann Panarella (Chair)

Gary Benton (ex officio)

David Allgeyer

Theodore K. Cheng

Rod Thompson

Tech List Selection Committee

Robert B. Morrill and Sherman Kahn (Chairs)

Gary Benton (ex officio)

Susan Nycum

Harrie Samaras


Education Planning Task Force

Neil Smith (Chair)

Michael Diamant

Sherman Kahn

James Madison

Conna Weiner

International Task Force

Paul Cohen and Grant Kim (Chairs)

Gary Benton and Les Schiefelbein (ex officio)

Sherman Kahn (Tech List Selection Committee Liaison)

Europe Group
(in formation)

Paul Cohen (Lead)

Duarte Henriques

Thomas Legler

Asia Group
(in formation)

Grant Kim (Lead)

Latin America Group
(in formation)
Law Firm Task Force
(in formation)
Outreach Task Force

Theodore K. Cheng (Chair)

Harrie Samaras (Tech List Selection Committee Liaison)

Michael Diamant

Practice Focus Task Force

Ray Bender (Chair)

Gary Benton (ex officio)


SVAMC Young Professionals
(in formation)

Rajat Rana & David Earnest (Chairs)

Ray Bender (SVAMC Board Liaison)