Kendra Onishi

Vice President of Development

Kendra Onishi is Vice President of Development at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the country’s largest community foundation.  At SVCF, she leads the Foundation’s philanthropic partnership development efforts, providing customized strategy and guidance to individual donors, foundations, and corporate partners to help turn their philanthropic goals into transformational impact. She is responsible for expanding and refining the foundation’s philanthropic service offerings, building partnerships and raising capital to multiply the foundation’s reach and impact, and elevating the visibility of SVCF as a comprehensive, world-class philanthropic enterprise and social change leader. A trusted advisor to changemakers and mission-driven institutions, Onishi previously provided consulting services to foundations, nonprofits, and higher education institutions across a diverse range of service offerings, including organizational strategy , operational efficiency, program evaluation, financial management and compliance, and grant administration and design. In her more than 13 years in the nonprofit industry, she also held program management roles for international development and exchange programming funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  She holds a Master of Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Northeastern University. She is a certified 21/64 philanthropic advisor.