Susan V. Berresford served as Founding Chair of the USA Board of Directors from its inception in 2005 to 2011 and is currently an active member of the Board. Ms. Berresford is the former President of the Ford Foundation (1996–2008). She joined the Ford Foundation in 1970 and during her 38-year tenure held numerous positions including Project Assistant and Program Officer in the Division of National Affairs; Officer in Charge of the Foundation’s Women’s Programs; Vice President, U.S. and International Affairs Programs; and Vice President of the Program Division.
Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Ms. Berresford served as a Program Officer for the Neighborhood Youth Corps from 1965–1967. From 1967–68, she worked for the Manpower Career Development Agency where she was responsible for 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 serves on the board of The California Endowment, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Independent Sector, and the Robina Foundation. She works from her office at The New York Community Trust and is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church, the Trinidad Trust Fund (California), and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Berresford is the convener of the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin.