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Sue Santa

Lecturer; Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Legal Affairs, Council on Foundations

Sue Santa provides executive leadership, vision and oversight for the Council on Foundations' strategic public policy agenda, including legislative and regulatory activity, coordination with federal agencies, and thought leadership. She also oversees the Council’s legal team, ensuring close coordination between legal and policy work.

Prior to joining the Council in January 2013, Santa was senior vice president for public policy at The Philanthropy Roundtable, where she led efforts to expand philanthropic freedom and enhance discussions of charitable giving and public policy.

Santa was a consultant and senior director of public and legal affairs at International Speedway Corporation (ISC), where she served as a spokesperson for ISC on legislative efforts, property development projects, and special events.

Santa was also an associate for five years in the legislative practice group of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand, where she worked on energy and oil production policy, transportation issues, international trade development, and crisis management for a major airline.

Her first experience in Washington was as special projects coordinator for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, where she managed projects related to education, human services, children’s issues, and the arts.


  • J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill