Our Leadership Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Susan Ford Dorsey, President

As President of Sand Hill Foundation, Susan Ford Dorsey directs philanthropy for the organization. A leader in philanthropic activities and community service, she is dedicated to preserving our natural environment and improving the lives of local families. Susan serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Environmental Defense Fund and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. She also sits on various advisory committees at Stanford University, including the Freeman Spogli Institute, the Haas Center for Public Service  and the School of Humanities and Sciences’ advisory board.

Her past board service has included Menlo School, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Children’s Health Council, Common Sense Media, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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

Susan Lockwood, Vice President

Susan Lockwood has been on the Sand Hill Foundation board since the organization’s inception in 1995, and currently serves as Vice President. Since 1986, she has been employed as Chief Financial Officer of Ford Land Company, a real estate development and management firm founded by Tom Ford.  She has broad experience in real estate finance and accounting.

Susan completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a CPA license in the state of California. She was born and raised in Menlo Park, where she lives with her husband and their three sons.

Michael C. Dorsey, Director and Treasurer

Michael C. Dorsey has a successful 17 year record in impact investing, having co-founded the Bay Area Equity Fund (now DBL Partners). As a managing partner, he raised and managed the fund, serving on the investment Committee from the Fund’s inception. He also managed two funds for the Westly Group, and now co-manages in the Innovations for Impact Fund, an early stage investor in social impact companies, concentrating in in Health and Wellness, Sustainability, and Longevity. He invested at an early stage in Tesla, Solar City, Revolution foods, and others, and recently in Shared-X, Antora, Biocellation, and Carbon Lighthouse.

Prior to co-founding the Bay Area Equity Fund, Mr. Dorsey worked as an Investment Banker for 20 years. He served as Head of Technology Investment Banking of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Cowen & Co. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He also serves on the Board of Medicines 360 and Bright Heart Health, as well as the advisory board of the initiative on Impact Investing of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and on advisory boards at Stanford University. He is married to Susan Ford Dorsey, President of the Sand Hill Foundation.


STAFF

 

Ash McNeely, Executive Director

Ash joined Sand Hill Foundation in 2007. As executive director, she leads the foundation team in grantmaking strategy, special initiatives, and planning. She is a founding member of the Bay Area Environmental Education Funders Collaborative, Magnify Community, and Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative and, and sits on the board of Horizons Foundation and the board emeritus of Opportunity Fund. She has participated in numerous national forums, advising on philanthropic trends and strategy at the Council on Foundations, Grantmakers for Education, Institute for Private Investors, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Ash hired Pacific Foundation Services to assist Sand Hill Foundation in 2008 and is now also a member of their senior program staff.

Prior to her work at Sand Hill Foundation, Ash spent four years in the Philanthropic Partnership Group of the Pew Charitable Trusts primarily focused on environmental policy, eight years leading advised fund grantmaking for philanthropic families at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and ten years in performing arts marketing and development. She has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, Harvard Business School, and Colorado College.

Ash received an M.B.A. in nonprofit management from Golden Gate University and graduated summa cum laude from Vassar College. When not enjoying all this wonderful work, Ash can be found outside with family, friends, dogs or horses.

 

Jessi Misslin, Senior Program Officer

Jessi joined the Sand Hill Foundation team in 2013. She has been with Pacific Foundation Services since 2009, transitioning from grants manager to program officer in 2012. In that role, she helps manage the grantmaking efforts for a small group of client foundations, specializing in youth development, including vocational training and arts in education programming. Jessi also serves as communications director for the firm, coordinating a variety of communications projects for both PFS and a number of client foundations. Prior to her work in philanthropy, she spent seven years in the nonprofit sector, working in both direct service and fund development for youth-serving organizations, and two years in advertising and brand design.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Jessi helped launch the Seattle-based outdoor education program called Open Roads. After an internship with the nonprofit writing center, 826 Valencia, she worked in development and fund raising for leading youth development agencies including Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and Summer Search Bay Area.  Jessi lives in Petaluma with her husband, Matt, sons Ian and Micah, and their goofy dog, Harley.

 

Jennifer Perez Brown, Grants Manager

Jennifer joined the Sand Hill Foundation team in May 2021. She is excited by the promise of philanthropy to provide a more equitable quality of life for all. She joined PFS in fall of 2018 as office manager and grants assistant, supporting the Grants Management team. Being a first generation college graduate Jennifer is proud to work on a team that helps support philanthropic work in under-resourced communities and projects that enhance and strengthen our region.

Prior, to joining PFS she served as a district office intern for Assembly member David Chiu, where she was the initial point of contact for constituents who needed assistance. She also helped with various off-site projects, staffed press and local events, and updated the constituent database. She also served as a democracy coach for Generation Citizens, teaching a class of 8th grade students twice a week about civic participation while encouraging political participation to address local issues.

Jennifer graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A in political science. Outside of work, she loves to travel, explore the wonders of the Bay Area, and visit her mother who always prepares delicious authentic Mexican cuisine.