Susan V. Berresford

President,
Ford Foundation

Susan V. Berresford was elected President of the Ford Foundation in 1996. At the time of her election as President, Ms. Berresford was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. Ms. Berresford joined the Ford Foundation in 1970 as a Project Assistant in the Division of National Affairs. Between 1972 and 1980 she served as a Program Officer in that division. In 1980 she was named Officer in Charge of the Foundation’s Women’s prograMs. She became Vice President for the Foundation’s US and International Affairs programs in 1981, and subsequently served as Vice President of the Program Division in charge of worldwide programming for the Foundation from 1989. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Berresford served as a Program Officer for the Neighborhood Youth Corps from 1965 until 1967. In 1967-68, she worked for the Manpower Career Development Agency, where she was responsible for the evaluation of training, education, and work prograMs. Ms. Berresford attended Vassar College and then studied American history at Radcliffe College, where she graduated cum laude in 1965. Ms. Berresford is a Board Member of the Council on Foundations, and the Trinidad, CA Trust Fund, and a member of the Trilateral Commission and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also has served on the Boards of the Hermine and Robert Popper Foundation and the Chase Manhattan Corporation, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Global Partnership.