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
Alexis von Schottenstein  Marketing & Social Media Coordinator


Marketing Committee

Sarah Reynolds Chair
Chris Compton
Pete Michaelson
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 Task Force

Paul Cohen  Co-Chair
Grant Kim  Co-Chair
Sherman Kahn  Tech List Selection Committee Liaison
Manuel Gómez
Paul Eric Mason

Europe Group

Paul Cohen  Lead
Duarte Henriques
Thomas Legler

Asia Group

Grant Kim  Lead

Latin America/ Caribbean Group

Manuel Gómez  Co-Lead
Paul Eric Mason  Co-Lead

North American Group

Sarah Reynolds  Lead

Law Firm Coordination Task Force

Jonathan Fitch Chair


For information on Steering Committee members, click here.

Ray Bender  SVAMC Board Liaison