Our Board and Staff

Our Leadership Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Susan Ford Dorsey

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, Treasurer

Michael C. Dorsey has a successful 14-year record in Impact Investing and co-founded the innovative Bay Area Equity Fund (now DBL Investors). As a managing partner, he raised and managed the fund, serving on the investment committee from the fund’s inception. Mr. Dorsey has also managed two funds for the Westly Group and is an angel investor in social impact companies. His most recent investments are in Proterra, an electric bus company, and Clean Fund, an energy efficiency finance company.

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.  In this capacity, he worked with most leading venture capital firms as an agent and made venture capital investments as a principal.

Mr. Dorsey holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He also serves on the board of directors of Revolution Foods, Medicines 360, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, as well as the advisory board of the Initiative on Impact Investing of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, and various advisory boards of Stanford University.


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 was a founding member of the Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative and Bay Area Environmental Education Funders Collaborative, and sits on the advisory 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 San Francisco with her partner, Matt, and their son, Ian.

Jamie Heisch, Grants Manager

Jamie began working with Sand Hill Foundation in 2016, just after joining Pacific Foundation Services. Prior, Jamie was a Development Assistant at KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio in Washington as well as having worked in a variety of Bay Area nonprofits.

While working at KUOW, she received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in international development from the University of Washington – the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.  She graduated cum laude from Sierra Nevada College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Policy.  The combination of her education and professional experience has created a deep passion to create an equitable and sustainable global environment through civil engagement, policy reform, and impactful philanthropic giving.  In addition to her work, Jamie also enjoys playing Scrabble.