Sandy Herz is responsible for managing and expanding the foundation’s network of strategic relationships to drive increased resources for our portfolio of social entrepreneurs and broader market intelligence to accelerate the impact of social entrepreneurs’ innovations.
Sandy joined the foundation in 2004 as Vice President, Marketing and Communications and built its initial “connect and celebrate” programs and initiatives. In 2007, she became Director of Film & Broadcast Partnerships and focused specifically on building the foundation’s portfolio of film and media initiatives, including the flagship Stories of Change partnership with Sundance as well as BBC World, PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE/World, National Public Radio and Public Radio International.
Sandy started her career in corporate finance in New York City, working on leveraged buyouts and restructurings during the “Bonfire of the Vanities” age before having an early mid-life crisis and discovering social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, Sandy worked with several innovative grassroots non-profit organizations and spent six years as Executive Director of the Software Development Forum, a leading Silicon Valley industry networking organization with 2000 members and 20 to 30 events each month designed to accelerate the adoption and proliferation of technology innovations.
She received a Bachelor of History and International Relations from Brown University, a Masters in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education and a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.