Sierra Clark received her Ph.D. from the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU. Her research explored the intersection of aesthetics and materiality in the construction of taste. Her doctoral dissertation analyzed the politics of quality, pleasure, purity and the production of American heritage through a study of bourbon whiskey. Sierra has taught courses on contemporary food issues and food culture at New York University and The New School. She holds a B.A. from Brown University in International Relations, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a Grand Diplôme in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute. She has worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and as an editor at Saveur magazine. Sierra currently serves on the Board of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and FoodCorps. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three year old daughter.


Live Stream: Philanthropic Leadership for a Rapidly Changing World – A Generational Perspective

Posted on September 14, 2018 by Carol S. Larson, Ayelet Baron, Sierra Clark, Susan Packard Orr

Our days are filled with news of a changing world and humanity’s attempts to improve it. We dive in to help. Sometimes we manage to adapt to change and sometimes fall back on old habits. We slowly begin to realize that what we learned about work, leadership, and management may not match the expectations of other families, cultures, and generations… Read More

20th Anniversary Symposium: Imagining the Future of Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Virginia M. Esposito, Carol S. Larson, Ayelet Baron, Sierra Clark, A. Sparks, Didier Sylvain, Farhad Ebrahimi, Kelly Chopus, Richard Woo, Mary Mountcastle

In addition to a celebration of NCFP’s 20th Anniversary, the Symposium will explore key themes, trends, and bold ideas generated over the year by the Imagining the Future initiative. We will also unveil several new NCFP research initiatives including Pride of Place, a report exploring how boards stay true to the original geographic focus of the family foundation after trustees have moved away.  … Read More