Susan is Executive Director of Women’s Centers International, a non-profit that develops community-based organizations managed by and for women living in poverty. A Centers provides a safe place where women can access the training, support and capital they need to create prosperous lives and strong communities.
An interview with Susan can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEtKiOyXMdo
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Susan moved to San Francisco after attending the University of Michigan. Her first job at KQED-TV marked the beginning of a twenty-year career in television news on both coasts, working for Voice of America TV, NBC4 News, CBS News, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, KRON-TV, WTTG-TV, and WJLA-TV.
Susan was drawn international relief and development work during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when she served as an associate with the American Red Cross International Services, providing administrative and logistical support for relief workers in Rwanda, Bosnia and Central Asia. She traveled to Rwanda in 1997 – her first trip on the continent and the genesis of her humanitarian career.
From 2006 through 2011, she completed 6 trips to Darfur as Program Director with Darfur Peace and Development Organization (DPDO). At Kassab IDP Camp, she helped residents develop a Center for displaced women that is the model for WCI’s work.
Susan collaborated with a team in Nairobi to create Baraka Women’s Center, serving over 500 members. The first U.S.-based Women’s Center opened Oakland, CA in May 2015.
Susan is the author of two novels: In the Borderlands (Xlibris, 2000) and When All the Girls Stopped Singing (to be published). Her short stories and essays have been published by World Press Institute Online, Wild Child Magazine, Pictures and Stories, MS magazine, and Global Women Magazine as well as included in several anthologies. She received the 2004 Maryland Writers’ Association First Place Prize for Mainstream Fiction for an early version of her second novel, and the 2002 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for Fictionfor her first novel In the Borderlands.
An experienced public speaker, Susan has made numerous presentations to civic, student, religious and professional groups.