As the daughter of two educators, Susan was raised in a suburban Washington, DC, household that prized public education and community service. She attended public schools in Alexandria and later graduated with a BA in history from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Following graduation, Susan worked as a legislative aide for US Congressman Harley O. Staggers, Jr., receiving a crash course in electoral politics as well as the ravages of poverty and black lung disease in West Virginia’s coal mining district. The experience motivated her to pursue a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Chicago.
After completing her master’s program, Susan joined the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts (TEAM), a Boston-based coalition of good government groups, civic and business leaders, human services advocates, and unions who shared the conviction that fair taxation and quality services go hand-in-hand. While pushing for progressive local and state tax reform, TEAM opposed Proposition 2½ and other ballot measures that would have slashed taxes at the expense of the state’s ability to support important social programs and services.
Now married, Susan and her husband Craig moved back to the Washington, DC, where Susan worked as a researcher for the Service Employees International Union. Her budget analyses supported public sector locals advocating for better pay and benefits of custodial and cafeteria workers employed in school districts across the country. While at SEIU, Susan and Craig became proud parents of Andrew and Catherine.
Drawn by its warmth and charm, Susan and her family relocated to Carrboro, adopted Nat, and have happily called this “home” for the past fifteen years. Andrew, Catherine, and Nat are graduates of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, and Susan and Craig remain parishioners at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.