Susan Mayer Hirsch, Hellman Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Education and youth development, health access, and basic needs

CONTACT:  415-837-5408, susan@hirschassoc.com

PROFILE: Susan Mayer Hirsch is the executive director of the Hellman Foundation and the chief executive officer of Hirsch & Associates, LLC, Philanthropic Advisors. She started this philanthropic advisory business in 1999. Prior to that, she was the executive director at the Miriam and Peter Haas Fund for eight years.

Her professional bio shares:

For over three decades, Susan Mayer Hirsch has been instrumental in helping individuals, families, and foundations leverage their giving to generate major social impact. Susan is a visionary leader in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, with particular expertise in forging innovative partnerships to address underfunded community needs.

Prior to launching Hirsch & Associates in 1999, Susan was the founding Executive Director of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund.  Previously, she served as the Bay Area Executive Director of Strive for Five, a national campaign to promote community volunteerism and charitable giving.  She started her career as the Manager of Public Affairs for McKesson Corporation.

Susan currently serves on the boards of Education Outside and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), and on the Advisory Committee of the UCSF Memory & Aging Center.  She is a member of the Council on Foundations Philanthropic Advisors Network, the Family Foundation Network, and the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. Susan holds her B.A. in International Economics from George Washington University.