Susan is an accomplished social impact leader. She excels in bringing communities together to solve problems through effective philanthropy, results oriented program design, data driven analysis – plus simple kindness and nurturing for the place she calls home.

Born in Minneapolis, she has been a Santa Cruz County resident since 1991. Susan holds a BA in Community Studies from UCSC and Master’s from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Susan has served as the Executive Director at CASA of Santa Cruz County and First 5 Santa Cruz County. Most recently, she led the programs for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland. She was appointed as CEO of the Community Foundation in October, 2017. She is the proud mother of a 27-year-old son who is a sixth grade teacher in Monterey. Susan is a baker with a big sweet tooth. She is also a nature lover and you can find her hiking, running, and mountain biking whenever she gets the chance.