Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) is a non-profit organization 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
Annie Marie Keating  Marketing & Social Media Coordinator


Membership Committee

Paul Eric Mason Chair
Merriann Panarella
Artem Doudko
Gerard Doolin
David McIlwaine
Carrie Shang

Marketing Committee

Sarah Reynolds Chair
Peter Vogel

Programming Committee

William Baker Co-Chair
Michael Diamant Co-Chair
Jonathan Fitch
Sherman Kahn
Grant Kim

Tech List Selection

Robert B. Morrill  Co-Chair
Sherman Kahn  Co-Chair
Laura A. Kaster
Susan Nycum

International Committee

Paul Cohen  Chair
Grant Kim  Vice-Chair
Sherman Kahn  Tech List Selection Committee Liaison

Europe / Middle East / Africa Group

Duarte Henriques Lead
Alex Blumrosen
Crenguta Leaua
Thomas Legler
Michael McIlwrath
Sophie Nappert
Ucheora Onwuamaegbu
Stan Putter
Paul Salazar

Asia Group

Grant Kim  Lead

Latin America/ Caribbean Group

Manuel Gómez  Lead
Paul Eric Mason

North American Group

Peter Ruby  Lead


Corporate Counsel Task Force

Ina Popova Chair
Chiann Bao
Liz Chung
Teresa Garcia Reyes
Duarte Henriques
Mike Lampert
Paul Mason
Mark Morril
Steve Smith

Law Firm Coordination Task Force

Jonathan Fitch Chair


For information on Steering Committee members, click here.

Ray Bender  SVAMC Board Liaison