Sally Osberg is a recognized leader in the social sector for advancing social entrepreneurship as a model for tackling the world’s most pressing problems. As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she leads the foundation’s team in identifying and supporting innovators pioneering effective, sustainable solutions to critical global challenges.
Sally was formerly Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, guiding it from inception to national recognition. She serves on the boards of the Oracle Education Foundation and Partners for Sustainable Development and the advisory group for the Network of European Foundations’ Mercator Fund. A former board member and President of the Association of Children’s Museums, Sally also served on the boards of the American Association of Museums and Women and Philanthropy and on the American Leadership Forum regional and national boards.
Sally has held adjunct faculty positions at Hamilton College and Utica College of Syracuse University, where she was also co-director of the Writing Center. As Managing Editor for the Center for California Public Affairs, she oversaw the publication of reference works on consumer and environmental affairs.
Sally earned her M.A. in literature from the Claremont Graduate School and her B.A. in English from Scripps College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1998, she received the John Gardner Leadership Award from the American Leadership Forum, and in 1999 the San Jose Mercury News named her to the “Millennium 100.” In 2006, she was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.