Our team is small but mighty. We have over 50 combined years of experience in both for profit and nonprofit sectors and have collectively lived and worked in over 40 countries.

Most importantly though, we love what we do.

Sara Olsen
Founder & CEO

Sara founded SVT Group in 2001 after cofounding the Global Social Venture Competition and working in a social enterprise founded by Shorebank in Chicago. She has worked with nearly 100 unique clients internationally, and has taught 5,446 individuals about impact management in person and has exposed over 30,000 to the concepts via writings and remote trainings since starting SVT. Bloomberg Businessweek has recognized Sara twice as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by for her work defining the impact management discipline. She is a founding board member of Social Value United States, co-chair of the methodology subcommittee of Social Value International, an adjunct faculty member at Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Hult International Business School, and the author of many publications on impact management. Sara earned her MBA from UC Berkeley and MASW from the University of Chicago, and views her most formative education to have come from living and teaching in the Mississippi Delta after college. She lives with her daughter and partner in Silicon Valley.

Aislinn Betancourt
COO & Consultant

Aislinn is a key figure in SVT’s client services and drives our operations management and marketing efforts. Throughout her career, Aislinn has served as a consultant on dozens of organizational development, strategic planning, and program evaluation projects for both domestic and international clients, providing critical support through research, analysis, and writing. Prior to joining SVT, she was Social Impact Manager for an agricultural and community development NGO in rural Chile, where she spearheaded the organization's impact measurement and management strategy. A veteran direct-service practitioner of over 10 years, she has also worked closely with indigenous communities, at-risk youth, and refugees toward greater economic opportunity, self-actualization and citizenship. Aislinn is a Fulbright Malaysia alum and completed her Masters of Social Work at Boston College, where she concentrated in social innovation, nonprofit leadership, and global practice. She is fluent in Spanish and resides in Orlando, Florida.

Aparna is SVT’s 2017 Frontier Market Scouts Fellow and comes to us with over 12 years of experience in Business Research and Consulting, spanning the domains of strategy, secondary and primary research, financial modeling, business plan generation, due diligence and stakeholder management. She has worked with clients in a range of sectors such as logistics, infrastructure, healthcare delivery, private equity and media. Over the last 2 and a half years, Aparna has exclusively advised nonprofits and social enterprises, helping them measure impact, understand the fully-loaded cost of programs, and develop strategy. Aparna is a Chartered Accountant (CPA) and holds an MBA. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and cooking. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. 

SVT Specialists

We work with a gallery of talented consultants who bring with them both regional and subject matter expertise, including: public health, sustainable development, carbon footprinting, agriculture, network analysis, and women’s empowerment.

Here are just a few we’ve worked with in the past:

David Pritchard
Evaluation, Impact Investing, & Nonprofits

Karina Kloos
Research Design & Land Rights

Isabel Almeida e Brito
Financial Analysis & Data Analysis

James Barsimantov
Sustainability & Environmental Performance

Eric Israel
Finance, Accounting, & Integrated Sustainability Reporting

Priya Patil
Evaluation, Public Health, & International Development

Bill Davis
Technology & Business Intelligence

Roger Cunningham
Educational Policy & International Development


Shubha Kumar
Evaluation, Global Health, & Higher Education

Majid Salehizadeh
Financial Modeling

Drew Tulchin
Impact Investing & Entrepreneurship

Roger Cunningham
Educational Policy & International Development