Susan R. Clark is the Director of Programs for Gaia Fund, a family foundation in San Francisco organized in 1995 by its two Trustees, Christine H. Russell and Mark Schlesinger. The Fund’s grantmaking is focused on Sustainable Agriculture, Effective Democracy, and Jewish Life and Culture in San Francisco.
Guidelines and grants lists are available on the Fund’s website.
Clark is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, has an M.A. in Urban Studies from Occidental College, was a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela. She directed community programs for Lone Mountain College, was the Executive Director of Columbia Foundation for 35 years, and the Mortimer Fleishhacker Foundation for five years, and served on the board of directors of the Council on Foundations and Northern California Grantmakers. She is a member of the board of directors of the Arkay Foundation.
Clark is active in California Foodshed Funders and Sustainable Agriculture Food System Funders, both of which she helped to establish. She has been honored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council (Forces of Nature Award), and the Ecological Farming Association (Susti Award) for her early advocacy, and long-term philanthropic leadership, to promote sustainable food and farming systems as productive and healthful solutions to many of the most pressing environmental and social challenges, including global warming.