Susan consults on a wide range of aging-related policy and strategic planning issues with non-profit and government agencies, for-profit companies, and funders. Her passion is innovation in emerging aging-in-place models and the services, resources, technologies, and partnerships needed to make them sustainable, affordable, and responsive to the needs of seniors and their caregivers. Areas of expertise include the Village movement, care coordination, day-to-day services and social supports, transitional care, end-of-life care, family caregiving, health and long term care insurance, and health care delivery.
In 2010, Susan became the first Director of Innovation & Business Development at On Lok in San Francisco, where she led the design of an integrated, home-based, long-term care services model in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to her role with On Lok, Susan worked with the national Village-to-Village Network to replicate Villages nationwide and is a Founder and Board Member of San Francisco Village. In other positions, Susan has served as Director of Planning and Evaluation for the Health Plan of San Mateo, Vice-President and Volunteer Coordinator of Hospice by the Bay, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Marin, and has held numerous policy positions in Washington, D.C. She is the former Co-Chair of San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council and a current member of the Council’s Aging and Disability Friendly Workgroup.
Susan has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Brown University. She is a member of the American Society on Aging, the Gerontological Society of America, LeadingAge, and theVillage-to-Village Network.
Susan’s passion for Share The Care™ was sparked by the great caregiving needs she observed in families coping with terminal illness and the effects of long-term, debilitating chronic illness and disability. She believes that Share The Care’s network-based approach to caregiving – which systematically, compassionately, and respectfully involves an individual’s own family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others in sharing the caregiving role – can provide critically needed and affordable support for patients and families. Susan joined ShareTheCaregiving, Inc. in September 2005 to help increase awareness about Share The Care™ among health care providers and community-based organizations in the western part of the country.