Since moving to Carrboro in 2004, Susan has devoted herself to community activism centered around local politics, hunger relief, and living wages:
In 2006, Susan was selected by the Orange County Democratic Party as the first chair of the newly created Hogan Farms Precinct. She quickly learned the ropes of voter registration, get-out-the-vote campaigns, candidate forums, database management, and poll coverage, and went on to assume leadership positions within the party. In 2014, she launched OCDP’s first postcard writing campaign, enlisting the support of hundreds of women throughout the county to write handwritten notes urging other female voters in the county to support Kay Hagan for US Senate. Handwritten postcards remain a key component of OCDP’s get-out-the-vote efforts. In 2015, Susan was elected first vice chair of OCDP, later serving as interim chair while Matt Hughes ran for County Commissioner.