Michael Chertok

Vice President, Donor Experience and Engagement

Michael ChertokMichael Chertok joined SVCF in March 2017 as vice president of donor experience and engagement. He is responsible for leading SVCF’s team of philanthropy advisors, who work with more than 2,000 donors to help them achieve their charitable goals. In his role, he will oversee SVCF’s initiatives to expand donors’ opportunities to learn and grow as philanthropists. Michael came to SVCF from Digital Divide Data, which he co-founded and where he also has served as board chair and as chief development officer. DDD provides transitional employment in the tech sector for youth from poor families in Southeast Asia and East Africa, as well as for veterans and military spouses in the United States.

Previously, Michael was a program officer for global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he focused on bringing public Internet access to rural areas of Vietnam. Michael also co-founded Global Catalyst Foundation, the philanthropy vehicle of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies from Yale University and an MBA and a Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently serves as president of Sha’ar Zahav, a Jewish congregation in San Francisco.