Sandy Herz

Director of Global Partnerships, Skoll Foundation


Sandy Herz cultivates strategic alliances and storytelling partnerships for the Skoll Foundation, with a portfolio that includes Sundance, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Public Radio International, and HarperOne, as well as flagship relationships with Oxford University and Ashoka. Consistent with Skoll’s mission, Sandy seeks out world class storytellers and platforms to create broader awareness of, engagement with, and impact from the work of leading social entrepreneurs.

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 in 2004, Sandy worked with several innovative grassroots non-profit organizations and spent six years as Executive Director of the Software Development Forum (now Silicon Valley Forum).

She received a BA (with concentrations in History and International Relations) from Brown University, an MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford School of Education, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. However, her best education came from selling frozen food door-to-door out of the back of a pick-up truck in the Boston suburbs one summer during college.

Sandy is a fan of travel to remote locations, hosting parties that feature inordinate amounts of chocolate, and spending time with her husband and two boys.

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