With a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, Susan (she/her/hers) has been leading the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) for 15 years, helping to foster and grow a marketplace for social change. In this role, Susan with the support of the SIF team works with investors (individuals and foundations) as well as with nonprofit social entrepreneurs to build skills and connections to accelerate social change in Massachusetts. Originally, Susan led this work as a program of Root Cause, and in 2015 she co-led the spin-off of the program into an independent organization.
Susan thoroughly enjoys building community and connecting people. Her vision is to build upon the powerful network established so that funders and practitioners partner together towards social change. Through her work, Susan has demonstrated that social impact happens from creating purposeful, mission-driven communities. Among other experiences, Susan was Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice's (NCCJ) Boston office, where she was part of the founding team of the LeadBoston program, and deeply involved in youth leadership work. Susan has participated on many local boards, including the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB), Congregation Beth El's Tzedakah Hevra, and as a 10-year founding member of the Watertown Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Susan is a third-year teacher at Boston College's Carroll School of Management where she is currently co-teaching a practicum course for seniors entitled, Leading for Social Impact.