Susan joined the Foundation in 1999, and she oversees grantmaking in the Education Program. As Program Director, Susan directs strategy and manages program staff and investments to advance STEM teaching and learning in regions throughout California, and Character development in the U.S. Before joining the Foundation, Susan worked as a software engineer, both at Qusim Systems, Inc. and at Electronic Data Systems Corporation, where she managed the development, implementation, and maintenance of multiple complex systems. She has also worked as a data processing training specialist for the Bank of California and as a practice analyst at Alta Bates Medical Research. Susan is actively involved in local community organizations, and she is a co-founder of The Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. She has also served on the Boards of The College Preparatory School and the Alta Bates Summit Foundation. Susan graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion with a minor in Geography.