Dr. Sandra R. Hernández, M.D., is chief executive officer of The San Francisco Foundation, the community foun¬dation of the Bay Area. The Foundation acts as a catalyst for change, and granted more than $800 million over the past ten years to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy. Dr. Hernández was named Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2008 Woman of the Year and received the 2008 Silver SPUR award. She was recently the cover feature of Tufts Medicine Magazine and delivered the keynote speech for Tufts University School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony.
Dr. Hernández is an assistant clinical professor at UCSF School of Medicine and maintains an active clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic. She currently serves on the boards of Blue Shield of California, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as well as on the UCSF Advisory Councils of Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Lesbian Health and Research Center, and the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved. She is also a trustee of the Western Asbestos Settlement Trust.
Prior to becoming CEO of the Foundation, Dr. Hernández served as the director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco. She is a graduate of Yale University, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.