Board Leadership

Roger W. Sant

Co-Chairperson

Roger W. Sant is co-founder and Co-Chairperson of the Sant Foundation.

Mr. Sant is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 company that generates and distributes electrical power across the globe.

Prior to starting AES in 1981, Mr. Sant was Assistant Administrator for Energy Conservation and the Environment at the Federal Energy Administration.  He was also the Director of the Energy Productivity Center, an energy research organization affiliated with the Mellon Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University, and a lecturer in Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Sant is the co-founder and Chairman of The Summit Foundation and The Summit Fund of Washington.  The Summit Foundation provides support for international empowerment of girls, the restoration of the Mesoamerican Reef ecosystem, and radically improving the Sustainability of Cities in the United States. The Summit Fund of Washington focuses its efforts on cleaning up the Anacostia River and reducing the incidence teen pregnancy in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Sant served as a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution from 2001 to 2013 during which he served as its first Board Chair.  He is Vice Chairman of the board of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and is on the board of the World Wildlife Fund-U.S., which he previously chaired (1994-2000) and later co-chaired (2009-2011).  Mr. Sant is a member of the boards of the National Symphony Orchestra and the D.C. College Access Program.  He served on the Marriott International Board of Directors from 1994-2006.

Mr. Sant received a B.S. from Brigham Young University and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is co-author of Creating Abundance – America’s Least-Cost Energy Strategy (1982).

Vicki Sant

Co-Chairperson

Victoria Sant is the co-founder and co-Chairperson of the Sant Foundation.

Ms. Sant is also co-founder and President of The Summit Foundation. The Summit Foundation provides support for international empowerment of girls and reproductive health initiatives, the conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef ecosystem, and Sustainable Cities. From 1993 to March of 2015 Vicki served as the co-founder and President of The Summit Fund of Washington that focused its efforts on improving the health and sustainability of the Anacostia River and preventing teen pregnancy in the District of Columbia.

Vicki Sant has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Art since 2000 and served as chair from 2003 to 2014. She is a member of the Board of The Phillips Collection, Vital Voices Global Partnership, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), The Brookings Institution, The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Kakenya Center for Excellence. She is Chair of the Stanford in Washington Council and also serves on the World Wildlife Fund National Council, the National Geographic Council of Advisors, the International Council of MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, Stanford Cantor Arts Center, Stanford Arts Advisory Council and Stanford Center on Longevity. Mrs. Sant completed her term on the Stanford University Board of Trustees in 2007. She is an Emeritus member of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in History and did graduate work in Speech Pathology and Audiology, both from Stanford University.