Sonoo Thadaney-Israni is the co-founder and Executive Director of Presence, a Stanford Medicine Center, with Faculty Founding Director, Dr. Abraham Verghese, who originally engaged her as a thought-partner to create and launch what is now Presence. She also serves as the co-chair of the Working Group of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM, erstwhile the Institute of Medicine) in Washington D.C. USA and co-shepherds the work of the NAM’s Technology across the Lifecourse Group.
Sonoo spent nearly three decades working in Silicon Valley before moving to Stanford University. 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 WSDM (Women and Sex Differences in Medicine) Center, the Diversity-First Gen Office (serving students who are first in their family to attend college), the Restorative Justice Pilot and more. Sonoo teaches coursework in Leveraging Conflict for Constructive Change, Leadership Skills and Mediation.
Sonoo formal education includes an MBA, a BA in Psychology, with Minors in Sociology and Education, and a Post-Baccalaureate 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.