Susan Bell is Principal of Susan Bell & Associates, providing strategic counsel to private philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, boards, and leaders addressing environmental and social issues. She also leads the Water Funder Initiative, a collaborative effort to activate promising water solutions through strategic philanthropic investments in the U.S.
Susan served as Vice President of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for over twelve years. At Hewlett she was Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, helping to launch the ClimateWorks network—in the United States, Europe, China, India, and Latin America—designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enable economic growth.
Susan’s career includes work in strategic planning, development, and communications at Stanford University, the Sierra Club, and Northwestern University. Susan is chair of the National Audubon Society, board member of the McCall MacBain Foundation and Water Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of MenloSpark. She is a graduate of Duke University. Susan lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband, Steve.