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Sue is Director of Operations and Miscellaneous Stuff, ensuring the organization's office space and internal operations contribute to the wellbeing of staff, and the effectiveness of Sustainable Economies Law Center’s programs. Sue has spent 25 years working in the nonprofit sector in a variety of program and administrative roles.  

Sue feels it's her professional destiny to advance The Law Center’s mission of supporting community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. This feeling is fostered by her personal/political value alignment with The Law Center’s structure. Sue’s community activism is rooted in understanding and minimizing the impact of class and classism and is based on the principles of feminism and anti-racism.

Prior to SELC

As the Grants Manager at The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) Sue administered grant contracts and managed processes for EBCF, awarding over $60M worth of grants annually, to nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area and nationally.

Sue grew up in Cleveland, OH in a large working-class family. Her parents’ volunteer commitments to several organizations instilled in her an understanding of community building through participation. She began her nonprofit career at Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland after owning a feminist bookstore in Cleveland Heights, Ohio for 6 years.

Sue moved to the Bay Area in 2001 to work at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, where she managed local, state, and national, training and capacity-building initiatives and served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations in the areas of systems improvement, technology management and cultural competence. While at CompassPoint Sue had the opportunity to author “The Accidental Techie: Supporting, Managing, and Maximizing Your Nonprofit's Technology” and multiple training curricula on a variety of nonprofit management topics.

Sue is involved with Buddhist and LGBTQI communities in the Bay Area and nationally, and lives in a collective household in Oakland with her large extended chosen family.  She spends most of her free time reading, watching baseball, cooking organic food and making up silly games to play with her young children. Sue swims with Marcia’s Enthusiastic Masters of Oakland swim team. She loves hiking and camping and loves that the Bay Area allows her to do both outside all year long!

Roles at SELC

Program Areas


  • Support: Worker Self Directed Nonprofits
  • Support: Legal Profession
  • Support: Compost
  • Support: Money

Operations Areas


  • Lead: Administrative
  • Support: Internal Resilience 
  • Support: Financial

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