Paul Shoemaker


Paul Shoemaker is an expert on helping individuals become effective philanthropists and social change organizations build stronger capacity and leadership.

He is the founding president of Social Venture Partners International, a global network of thousands of social innovators, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community leaders who fund and support social change agents in 41 cities and 9 countries. He was the Executive Connector of SVP Seattle for 17 years.

Paul is the author of “Can’t Not Do,” which shares lessons on how to be an effective change agent. In 2015, he received the 2015 Microsoft Alumni Integral Fellow Award, and in 2013 was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by Future in Review. In 2012 and 2011 he was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector” by The NonProfit Times.

Prior to entering the social sector, Paul worked at Microsoft in direct marketing and worldwide operations and at Nestle USA as a brand manager, after launching a start-up in Boston.

Paul has an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Texas-Austin and a bachelor of business administration, accounting from Iowa State University.