About Us

Our Vision

At Sandy Spring Bank Foundation, we believe that every person should have the chance for a happy, healthy life. There are far too many in our communities who struggle for even basic needs and, as a result, lack hope.

We seek to partner with local organizations that are devoted to improving the lives of individuals and families in the communities served by Sandy Spring Bank. Our vision is that one day each of our neighbors will have a home, good health and ultimately hope for a brighter tomorrow.


Dan Schrider
President and Trustee
Dan Schrider, President and CEO of Sandy Spring Bank Trustee of Sandy Spring Bank Foundation

Daniel J. Schrider is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. and its principal subsidiary, Sandy Spring Bank. He is also the Vice Chairman of the company’s board of directors and the President of the Sandy Spring Bank Foundation.

Mr. Schrider has been part of Sandy Spring Bank for more than 30 years. He joined the company in 1989 as a commercial lender, he became an executive and the bank’s Chief Credit Officer in 2003, and he was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2009. Mr. Schrider holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Mount St. Mary's University. Mr. Schrider is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking. 

A leader among community bankers, Mr. Schrider is a past director of the American Bankers Association, a past chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association, and a past chair of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking Advisory Board.

S. Lynne Pulford
Lynne Pulford Sandy Spring Bank Foundation Trustee

S. Lynne Pulford began her 33-year career at Sandy Spring Bank as a mortgage loan processor and rose through the ranks to her current role as the Division Executive of Mortgage. She oversees 110 Bank employees in the mortgage division, and she takes pride in knowing she has helped thousands of individuals and families achieve home ownership. 

Given her deep understanding of the people and communities the Bank serves, Ms. Pulford has led the development of several special mortgage programs. Of note, the Civil Servant Loan program provides affordable financing options for law enforcement officers, firefighters, public and private school employees, paramedics and active duty, reserve or retired military service members. She also helped create a First Time Homebuyer program, which provides affordable and flexible options to meet most new homebuyers’ needs throughout the Greater Washington region.

In addition to serving as a Trustee of the Sandy Spring Bank Foundation, Ms. Pulford is a member of the National Association of Home Builders Professional Women in Building, the American Bankers Association's Mortgage Markets Committee, and the Maryland and Metropolitan Washington Mortgage Banking Associations. In 2018, the Maryland Bankers Association Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance recognized Ms. Pulford with the GOLD award for her exemplary leadership and commitment to community. 

Jennifer Schell

Jennifer Schell is the Vice President of Executive Communications at Sandy Spring Bank. In this role she manages strategic internal and external communications on behalf of the Office of the President. As a Trustee of the Sandy Spring Bank Foundation, Ms. Schell works closely with grantees to identify and coordinate projects that will make a meaningful community impact and align with the Foundation’s philanthropic focus areas. She previously served as the Vice President of Marketing Communications for the Bank and oversaw all public and community relations efforts.

Prior to joining the company in 2014, Ms. Schell worked for the public relations agency Golin, providing media relations and executive communications support to healthcare and non-profit clients across the country. She also previously managed communications for the Council on Competitiveness. Ms. Schell holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.