Susan Briggs

Board Chair, Flora Family Foundation

Susan Briggs is a retired estate planning attorney, having been a partner in the international law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP for more than 30 years.  She is a retired fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an inactive member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley and her J.D. degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Susan is the Chair of The Flora Family Foundation, a private charitable foundation the stated purpose of which “is to promote the wellbeing of people everywhere by supporting selected activities of charitable organizations and institutions as determined by members of the Board and Family Council.” She is Vice Chair of The Diana Dollar Knowles Foundation, a private charitable foundation which supports the arts and other activities in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Effective Family Philanthropy in Action

Family Philanthropy Speaks: A Conversation with Steve Toben and Susan Briggs

Posted on March 15, 2022 by Susan Briggs, Steve Toben

NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco speaks with Flora Family Foundation’s leadership: President Steve Toben and Board Chair Susan Briggs. Steve and Susan discuss the inception of the foundation and its governance structure as well as the way the foundation serves as a training ground for next generation family members.  Philanthropy is a practice borne out of compassion and… Read More

Becoming a Successful Board Chair: Tips and Advice from Your Peers

Posted on February 9, 2017 by Alice Buhl, Susan Briggs, Nancy Cable, J.H. Dow Davis

Board chairs play an important and indispensable role in family foundations. Much more than just an honorary title, serving as board chair requires extra preparation, time, and specific skillsets. Join NCFP as we learn from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation Board Chair and President about the wide range of tasks and responsibilities facing board chairs, including overseeing board meetings, succession… Read More