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.

Executive Leadership

Lester W. Schiefelbein (CEO)

Charles T. Compton (President)

Gary L. Benton (Chairman of the Board)


Donna Passons (Executive Director)

Bill Seward (Asst. Executive Director)

Aubrie Aviña (Marketing)



General Membership Committee

Jim Reiman (Chair)

Chris Compton (ex officio)

Gary McGowan

Bill Tanenbaum

Marketing Committee
(in formation)
Tech List Coordination Committee
Tech List Selection Committee


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)


US/Canada Group

Bill Baker (Lead)

Law Firm Task Force - West Coast

Chris Compton (Chair)

Rod Thompson

Vicki Veenker

Rachel Zargar

Outreach Task Force

Theodore K. Cheng (Chair)

Harrie Samaras (Tech List Selection Committee Liaison)

Jonathan Fitch

Michael Diamant

Practice Focus Task Force

Ray Bender (Chair)

Gary Benton (ex officio)

SVAMC Young Professionals - Steering Committee


Ray Bender (SVAMC Board Liaison)

View full SVAMC-YP Steering Committee HERE