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Susan Ford Dorsey

Founder

Dedicated to preserving our natural environment and improving the lives of families in San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties, Susan Ford Dorsey is a leader in philanthropic activities and community service. Susan is President of the Sand Hill Foundation, a family foundation established by her and her late husband, Tom Ford in 1995. The Foundation invests in leaders and organizations that demonstrate clarity of purpose and a deep desire for lasting transformation in our local community.


Prior to the Sand Hill Foundation, Susan was the founder and president of Health Innovations, a health care consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic planning and marketing.


Currently, Susan serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Environmental Defense Fund. She is the former chair of Menlo School, a leading independent school in the Bay Area of California. She has also served on the boards of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Common Sense Media, Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She is on several advisory boards at Stanford University including the Humanities and Sciences Advisory Council, the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society Advisory Board, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs Advisory Board and the Haas Center for Public Service National Advisory Board.

Susan completed her undergraduate degree in cellular biology at the University of California, San Diego and earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is married to Michael Dorsey and has one son, Tommy Ford, and is stepmother to Jonny and Alison Dorsey.

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