VP, Head of People
Ms. Sandra Smith joined FogPharma as the Head of People in December 2019. As part of the Executive Leadership Team, she works closely with the team to foster a vibrant, inspiring and high-impact culture that brings out the best in everyone, and helps to achieve our goal of saving lives through transcendent drug discovery and innovations.
Ms. Smith comes to us with over twenty years of HR experience in the life sciences and high-tech industries ranging from multi-national companies to start-ups. Most recently, she worked as the People Strategy Officer leading human resources for Onduo, a type 2 diabetes joint venture between Sanofi and Verily. Prior to this, Ms. Smith was at Microsoft Corporation, where she was the Site HR Leader and then the Director of Strategy and Programs for the Microsoft New England R&D Center setting HR priorities and increasing Microsoft’s presence, impact and visibility internally and externally. Earlier in her career, Ms. Smith held HR leadership roles at Biogen, Synta Pharmaceuticals and Cereon Genomics, Monsanto’s joint partnership with Millennium Pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Smith sits on the Board of Directors for the MASSHIRE Workforce Board, and served as its Board Chair from 2016 to 2019. MASSHIRE Metro North is a public-private partnership whose mission enables residents in Cambridge and surrounding areas to build careers aligned with the local industries and maximizes their economic self-sufficiency. Sandra is also the Founder of the Kendall Square Technology HR Forum, which encourages human resources leaders from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, HubSpot, Facebook and other local high-tech companies to network and share best practices.
Ms. Smith holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University.