Sandra R. Hernández, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
A nationally recognized and celebrated philanthropic visionary and public health leader, Dr. Sandra R. Hernández is chief executive officer of The San Francisco Foundation, an incubator for community investment, original ideas, and passionate leadership in the Bay Area. As CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, Dr. Hernández leads one of the largest community foundations in the country, working hand-in-hand with donors, nonprofits, community leaders, government, business, and partners in philanthropy to identify best practices and enact long-term solutions to make a greater impact in our community.
During her tenure, TSFF has granted $1.2 billion, with average annual grantmaking more than doubling in size, ensuring deep investment in Bay Area organizations working to create opportunity for generations of Bay Area families in areas such as affordable housing, economic opportunity, and better schools. Under her leadership, TSFF has grown into an organization of 60 staff members, with assets that have doubled to over $1 billion, granting more than $808 million over the past ten years. As one of the largest community foundations in the United States, TSFF consistently achieves investment returns in the top first or second decile.
Dr. Hernández is an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and maintains an active clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic. She also currently serves on the boards of Blue Shield of California, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and First Republic Bank, and is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Leadership Council, the Yale University Council, and the Fort Winfield Scott Federal Advisory Committee. Dr. Hernández has received numerous national and local awards, including the Hispanic Business Magazine Woman of the Year Award, The San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Woman in Business Award, and the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Foundation Professional Award.
Prior to becoming CEO of TSFF, Dr. Hernández served as the director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco. Her prior affiliations also include President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry; the Council on Foundations; the Institute of Medicine’s Committees on the Consequences of Uninsurance; and the Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic. Dr. Hernández also co-chaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council. Dr. Hernández is a graduate of Yale University, Tufts School of Medicine, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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