Susan Rickard Hansen // Vice-Chair

Susan Rickard Hansen serves as Corporate Counsel for ClearSlide, Inc.  Previously, Susan founded New Venture Law Group, a Bay Area law firm specializing in representing entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging growth companies.  Prior to starting New Venture Law Group, Susan served as outside counsel to two global companies, Wildfire Interactive, Inc., a leader in social media marketing software acquired by Google, and the Meltwater Group.

With over 12 years of legal expertise, Susan began her career as a Deputy District Attorney before moving into the private sector.  In 2008, Susan was named one of the youngest Partners of the national law firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard and Smith.  She currently focuses her practice on corporate, transactional, real estate and employment matters, as well as advising her clients on various day to day legal needs.  Susan is also a Member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Olympic Club of San Francisco, the Bay Area Discovery Museum Council and a former Member of the Junior League.

Susan’s interest in Project Glimmer derives directly from her family.  Her mother sits on various philanthropic Boards in Santa Barbara, California and recently, the City of Santa Barbara honored her grandfather for his civic service by naming the new terminal of the Santa Barbara Airport, the John T. Rickard Terminal.

Susan lives in Menlo Park with her 5 year old twins and her husband, Carl, a commercial real estate broker in San Francisco.