Sonoo Thadaney-Israni is the co-founder and Executive Director of Presence, a Stanford Medicine Center. Faculty Founding Director Abraham Verghese originally engaged her as a thought partner to create and launch the center. She also serves as the co-chair of the Working Group of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM, formerly the Institute of Medicine) in Washington, DC, and co-shepherds the work of the NAM's Technology across the Lifecourse Group.
Before moving to Stanford University, Ms. Thadaney spent nearly three decades working in Silicon Valley. At Stanford, she has been an internal entrepreneur, working with faculty to launch the Stanford Presence Center; the new MSc in Community Health and Prevention Research; the Stanford Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) Center; the Diversity and First-Gen Office (serving Stanford students who are first in their family to attend college); the Restorative Justice Pilot; and more. She teaches coursework in Leveraging Conflict for Constructive Change, Leadership Skills, and Mediation.
Ms. Thadaney’s formal education includes an MBA, a BA in psychology with minors in sociology and education, and a postbaccalaureate in mass communications. She is also a trained Mediator and Restorative Justice practitioner for the State of California, serving as the Co-Chair of the Commission on Juvenile Delinquency and Prevention for San Mateo County.