Susan Little

Senior Director

Susan supports the Foundation’s President in all aspects of making the organization hum.  She values the opportunity to work with knowledgeable and adventuresome staff who are committed to making K-12 public education an equitable system that gives students the opportunities they should have as they grow. Susan feels that it is an amazing privilege to see the many thoughtful people and powerful organizations making systemic change, but never losing sight that education is a people endeavor.

While Susan knew she wanted to work in the nonprofit sector after college, and landed her first job in San Francisco by showing up at the door of a newly-opened organization, serendipity brought her opportunities to work in philanthropy. She can’t overstate the importance of the mentors, foundations and nonprofits that taught her what it means to respect communities and modeled how foundations can support social change. Her forty years of experience include The San Francisco Foundation, the Levi Strauss Foundation and many years as a consultant to private foundations in the areas of grantmaking and grants administration policies.  Susan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

When not at work, Susan enjoys spending time with family, friends, the outdoors, yoga, and mystery books that take her around the world.