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Meet Susan

As Interim CEO,  Chief Development Officer, Director of Development & Communications and consultant of many years, I have worked with mission-led organizations to gain investments to work for women's health and economic justice, educational opportunity and civic engagement, disability rights, and philanthropy at the nexus of race, gender and human rights.  I coach executives and staff teams to make excellent hires, improve fundraising strategies, create fundraising boards and to provide values-driven leadership.


I am frequently sought out by both seasoned and newer leaders who struggle with issues of confidence, leadership alignment, working strategically, building strong teams, staff supervision, self-doubt or disappointment with results. My coaching and consulting offers you a partner in applying your inherent gifts to achieve results, and supports you to lead authentically. 

My Story

I am a philanthropy and organization development strategist, an executive and leadership coach, and a practitioner of somatics. I have enjoyed a career of more than 30 years consulting with a range of non-profit organizations and foundations. I offer coaching to organizations and individuals dedicated to transformation and creating a more just, equitable and sustainable future for our people and our planet.


Partnering with leaders and organizations I have raised more than 30 million dollars to advance racial equity, social justice, economic and educational opportunity, environmental sustainability, criminal justice, women’s, disability and human rights, and healing and justice in a deeply divided world.


With professional coaching certification from the International Coach Federation and certification in Somatic Coaching from the Strozzi Institute of Embodied Leadership, I work with people who want to move forward in their professional and personal lives toward a new vision.


In my early career I had the great good fortune to be one of the primary innovators of the bridge building work of making progressive politics, social movements and culture accessible to Deaf people through sign language interpretation in concert halls and on theatrical stages. Over 15 years I performed and collaborated with Holly Near, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, June Jordan, Linda Tillery, Emmy Lou Harris, the New York Shakespeare Festival and others, and was a member of the Broadway company of Children of a Lesser God.

I Believe That:


We all have a creative spark inside of us, and connecting with that spark is essential to being truly alive.


We can shift ourselves from a traumatized state to more wholeness, and a sense of hope, safety and connection.


Resilience helps us get into right action for ourselves, our loved ones and the communities we care about.


We can make sustainable change using practices designed to help us embody the vision we have for ourselves.


A partial list of some of the wonderful organizations I have been

honored to work with.

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Building Community, diversity and equity, and ending racial discrimination, are just words to some, and rhetoric to most. But these concepts embody the very essence of Susan.

Patti Chang

CEO, Feed the Hunger Fund

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