Susan Wilner Golden

Director, dciX 
San Francisco, CA

Susan Golden is the Director of dciX at Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute. This program provides a range of impact opportunities for current DCI Fellows and Partners and for DCI alum who want to continue their involvement with the DCI program and Stanford University. The goals of dciX are to harness the talent and expertise of the DCI Fellows community and to address topics and create solutions for social and economic impact.  Under Susan’s leadership, there are now ten Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and eight Intergenerational Engagement Initiatives.

Current SIGs address a range of topics including Longevity Innovations, Impact Investing, Human and Planetary Health, as well as special areas of common interest such as DCI on Boards, DCI Writes and DCI Speaks.  Each SIG is affiliated with a Stanford center or faculty member.  Susan leads the Longevity Innovations SIG in partnership with the Stanford Center on Longevity, where she has been a Visiting Scholar and Fellow since 2017. There she co-designed the new Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) course on Longevity: Business Implications and Needs, and leads initiatives on Addressing Ageism in the Workforce and the Naming Project.  Susan serves as a mentor to the new Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator.

Her career has spanned both the private and public sectors in venture capital and public health. She was a partner at Schroder Ventures, specializing in life sciences and health care investments, and a partner with the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. Susan is the founder of Golden Health Innovations where she advises startups, and has also served on the Board of Dean’s Advisors for the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Previously, Susan worked at Genentech, and was an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Boston University Medical School.  She is the author of publications in Harvard Business Review,  New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and Health Education Quarterly. As a public health researcher, she focused on the quality of health care, and designed health promotion and disease prevention programs.

Susan received her doctorate of science from the Harvard School of Public Health; did her post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF in Health Policy; and attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.