Shelley Hoss has combined the best of the nonprofit and corporate worlds for the good of the community for more than 30 years. Since May 2000 she has served at the helm of one of Orange County’s most prominent philanthropic organizations– the Orange County Community Foundation, whose mission is to inspire a passion for lifelong philanthropy, faithfully steward the intentions of our donors and catalyze sustainable community impact.
Under Hoss’ leadership, the Community Foundation has become recognized as a “center of gravity” for philanthropy in Orange County. Her impact on the growth of the organization has been dramatic. Annual grant and scholarship awards have surged more than ten-fold, from $5 million when she joined OCCF in 2000 to $69 million in 2019. During the same period, assets stewarded by the Foundation have increased from $43 million to $401 million, and OCCF has now awarded more than $630 million in grants and scholarships since its inception in 1989.
This dramatic growth has placed the Orange County Community Foundation as a stand-out among more than 780 community foundations across the nation, placing OCCF in the top 1% in grantmaking among its colleagues.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Hoss served as Executive Director for Girls Incorporated of Orange County, tripling revenue to support programs for underserved girls. Prior to that, she served in leadership positions for ten years with Orangewood Children’s Foundation, raising awareness and providing essential services for abused and neglected children with a focus on youth emancipating from the foster care system.
Hoss served as founding chair of the Orange County Funders Roundtable, serves on the board of the League of California Community Foundations, and has been a regular guest lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a joint Master’s Degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of California, Irvine. Hoss resides in Laguna Niguel with her husband and son.