Alexis Gallivan

Manager, Corporate Responsibility, eBay Foundation

Alexis began her career in international development, where she worked in a variety of geographic and professional contexts from community development in rural Namibia to education reform in the Marshall Islands and diplomatic communications at the United Nations. Over time, she grew intrigued by the interplay between the private sector and public good, which led to the 2007 launch of Blue Marble Ice Cream – an organic ice cream company she co-founded in NYC.  While building the company from a local start-up to a multi-platform brand on the rise, she also developed and led its social venture, Blue Marble Dreams. Through this innovative venture, Alexis built two ice cream social enterprises with local women’s groups in Rwanda and Haiti, with the aim of creating sustainable jobs, supporting area farmers and revitalizing communities. Her work in Rwanda was the subject of a critically acclaimed documentary, Sweet Dreams. Most recently, she worked as an independent business consultant and developed a graduate-level course on impact entrepreneurship, which she taught at Columbia University.  

As a manager in SVCF’s corporate responsibility department, Alexis supports a small portfolio of the Foundation’s corporate clients, with a particular focus on eBay. At eBay, she is working with the company’s Foundation and Global Impact teams to develop and lead meaningful employee engagement initiatives around their core interest areas of entrepreneurial capacity building and inclusive economies.

Alexis moved from New York City to the Bay Area with her husband in early 2016 and couldn’t be happier with her new hometown - especially its palm trees, access to Napa, sunny hiking trails and year-round farmers’ markets.