Susan is the foundation’s Director of Partnerships. She leads our partnerships work in engaging peers in the funding community in the US and globally to advance the foundation’s mission of transforming how change happens in Africa.
Susan has decades of leadership roles in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds, including EnCompass LLC, Agenda for Change, CARE, and Skoll Awardees Water For People and WaterPartners International (now water.org). She has expertise in collective impact, systems strengthening and change, partnership brokering, and international development. Most recently she was Chief of Party for USAID’s Global Waters Communication and Knowledge Management program. She founded Improve International, a not-for-profit research and consulting firm that promoted learning from failure to improve the responses to the global water and sanitation crises. Susan has evaluated or supported international development activities in 23 countries and advised donors, impact investors, and donor advisors on how to invest in effective sustainable water and sanitation services in developing countries. She also guided nonprofits and social enterprises in strategies for lasting impact. She is a Practitioner in Residence at Georgia Tech’s Institute of Leadership and Social Impact. She has a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.