A native Californian, Susan attended Stanford University and law school at the University of California at Berkeley. She earned a BA with Distinction from Stanford University, Stanford, California (1967) and a Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley (1971) through a Joint Program in Law and City Planning.
She practiced real estate and land use law in San Francisco for 35 years, and retired in 2006. Her experience includes roles as in-house counsel for large real estate developers before going in to private practice in San Francisco, where she specialized in representing developers of major nationally known projects northern California.
During her years of practice she received earned national recognition and many awards for the quality of her practice, including invitation to the Lambda Alpha Real Estate Economic Society (1983), admission to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (1984), Best Lawyers in America (every year from first edition until retirement), and the International Women’s Forum (1980.)
Susan has a long standing commitment to public service, and has served on the boards of many non-profits community organizations, including the St Francis Hospital Foundation, Bread and Roses, the San Francisco Art Institute, Episcopal Community Services (for the homeless), Woman’s Forum West, and the Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center.
Susan and her husband, three horses and two dogs, divide their time between homes in Idaho and California. She brings to the R4 Alliance a deep interest in the mission of the Alliance and in broadening awareness and support for our veterans and their return to and integration in our communities.