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


Membership Committee

Paul Eric Mason Chair
Merriann Panarella

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

Paul Cohen  Acting Lead
Duarte Henriques
Crenguta Leaua
Thomas Legler
Stan Putter
Ucheora Onwuamaegbu

Asia Group

Grant Kim  Lead

Latin America/ Caribbean Group

Manuel Gómez  Lead
Paul Eric Mason

North American Group

Sarah Reynolds  Lead


Corporate Counsel Task Force

To be announced

Law Firm Coordination Task Force

Jonathan Fitch Chair


For information on Steering Committee members, click here.

Ray Bender  SVAMC Board Liaison