Chair, Governance Committee
Board Appointed Member since 2010

An Oak Bluffs resident, Sandra was nurtured in Philadelphia and spent most of her adult life in New York City. She is an urbanite who retreats to the stillness of Island life. Her professional career focused on nonprofit management in health care. She held leadership positions at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, New York City Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and the American Red Cross in New York City. She was on the adjunct faculty of Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School.

She graduated from Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, and Baruch College where she earned respectively, the following degrees: a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Social Service , and a Master of Business Administration.

Besides the Endowment her current on Island board service includes: Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Previously, she served on the Regional Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Foundation for Island Health. Additionally, she ventures off Island to serve on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Library, the Studio Museum In Harlem, and is Board Member Emerita of the Marian Anderson Award in Philadelphia.

Sandra enjoys the relaxed pace and community spirit, of the Vineyard where she can dabble in the arts at Featherstone, turn seeds into vegetables in her garden, and share ideas with a wide range of interesting people. An avid traveler, she delights in the knowledge that she has savored moments in much of the world.

She firmly believes that the Endowment can help shape the future of the Island through innovative investment in its most pressing needs.

Sandra Grymes
Group photo, from left; Sandra Grymes, Jennifer W. Marlin,
former member Don Ogilvie, Melissa M. Hackney, Anne Williamson.
Photos by Michael Cummo

I serve the Permanent Endowment because it is the Vineyard's Community Trust. It is positioned to shape and to meet the needs of the future.

Sandra Grymes