Sandy Herz

Director of Global Partnerships, Skoll Foundation


Sandy Herz cultivates strategic partnerships for the Skoll Foundation, with a portfolio that includes Sundance, BritDoc, BBC, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Public Radio International, and HarperOne, as well as the foundation’s flagship relationship with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. 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, working on leveraged buyouts 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.

She received a BA from Brown University, an MA 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.

Recent Articles

Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation, April 14, 2016
Every social entrepreneur dreams of telling the perfect story, the one that inspires not just people who see the potential of their vision, but also those so deeply entrenched in…
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation, March 17, 2016
As human beings, our brains are wired for stories. It’s how we expand our knowledge, and experience going places we’ve never gone, doing something perhaps we’d never even thought to…
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation, January 28, 2014
The Sundance Film Festival is best known as the land of filmmakers and celebrities, mountain chic clothing and glamorous parties. But over the last few years, there’s been a new…
Sandy Herz - Skoll Foundation, March 6, 2013
I just returned from the Oscars, where a film we funded, “Open Heart,” was up for an Academy Award. The film did not win, but the impact has already been…