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Susan Berresford Looks Back

January 10, 2008


As many of you know, January 4 was Susan Berresford's last day as president of the Ford Foundation. In December, Susan spoke with me about her distinguished thirty-seven career at the foundation, and I've just posted a transcript of that conversation to the Newsmakers section of PND.

I first interviewed Susan in 2002, five or six months after the 9/11 attacks, and I walked away from that interview (conducted in Susan's office, where she served me tea and cookies!) absolutely charmed by her easy, unpretentious manner. Over the course of her career, Susan met thousands of people around the globe (and touched the lives of many more), and as far as I can tell she always related to people simply as "Susan." As an admirer of hers recently told me, Susan wore her position and accomplishments very lightly. I'm sure many of you would agree.

BTW, the Q&A with Susan represents a milestone of sorts for PND, in that it's the 100th interview in our Newsmakers series. (Click here to browse the complete Newsmaker archive.) I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the smart and committed foundation executives, nonprofit practitioners, and sector thought leaders who agreed to speak with us over the years. We couldn't have done it without you! 

-- Mitch Nauffts

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Posted by Matt  |   January 14, 2008 at 01:56 PM

Looking forward to the next 100.

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