Chief Executive Officer, The San Francisco Foundation
Brillante / The Rising Star
For personifying the spirit of gratitude and the value of giving back
Sandra R. Hernández, M.D., is chief executive officer of The San Francisco Foundation. Dr. Hernández is a graduate of Yale University, Tufts School of Medicine, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to becoming CEO of the Foundation she served as the director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco. She 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.
Dr. Hernández currently serves on the boards of Blue Shield of California and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. She is also a trustee of the Western Asbestos Settlement Trust and serves on the UCSF Advisory Councils of Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Lesbian Health and Resource Center, and the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved. Dr. Hernández was named Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2008 Woman of the Year and has received the 2008 Silver SPUR award. She was recently the cover feature of Tufts Medicine Magazine.
Her prior affiliations include President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry; The Pew Commission on Environmental Health; the Council on Foundations; The Foundation Consortium for California’s Children and Youth; Grantmakers in Health; American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR); the Volunteerism Project; Stern Grove Festival Association; the National Alliance for Hispanic Health; Corporation for Supportive Housing; the Institute of Medicine’s Committees on the Consequences of Uninsurance and the Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic; Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Session on Philanthropy; Blackbaud, Inc., a leading provider of software and online services for the nonprofit community; the Latino Community Foundation, a supporting organization of The San Francisco Foundation; and the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, which is the governing body for California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. Dr. Hernández also co-chaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council.
Dr. Hernández was a Hispanic Scholarship Fund scholarship recipient in 1980.