George Lucas Educational Foundation

Harriet Sanford

Harriet Sanford is the President and CEO of the NEA Foundation and has led the work of the Foundation since 2005. The Foundation's work is built on its commitment to support the collaborative efforts of public school educators, their unions, school districts, and communities to focus on learning conditions that improve student performance.

Harriet began her career as a public school classroom teacher, which led to a senior executive career that spans more than 28 years. She has managed annual budgets of more than $18 million and capital funds of $200 million. A recognized specialist in the field of charitable fundraising, Harriet has led several initiatives that have raised more than $58 million to support the mission of various non-profit organizations. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of some 10 non-profit organizations. Her career is bound together by an unwavering commitment to strengthening community by building on the skills, talents, and aspirations of each of its members. She holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and a BA in Education from New England College, as well as a MPA from the University of Connecticut.

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