Susan Barley

Susan Barley joined the Foundation in 2013. Over the years, she has been a member of the Pooled Fund/Collective Grant Committee, Partner Grant Committee, International Grant Committee, Finance Committee, Intersect/Convening Committee and Cabinet.

Susan has been an enthusiastic member of our community as we have redefined our mission and values.  She values working with our members, staff, and nonprofit communities to learn more about how we may focus our philanthropic efforts to increase racial/gender equity with a systemic approach. She enjoys connecting with other women and believes in the power of listening, learning, and communicating. She also really enjoys the social events! She is excited to embark on another chapter with the Foundation as a board member.

By training, Susan is a corporate attorney, with her own special projects practice. She has a lot of family in the Seattle area and spends much time with them.  Too much time, perhaps, in the view of her children. She enjoys the outdoors, travel, art, and connecting with friends and family.

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