As Engagement and Development Manager, Susan works with donors, board members, VIPs, and community members in the Milwaukee area to raise awareness and support for Wisconsin Conservation Voters’ campaigns.

My story

Originally from Phoenix, I was raised by two very passionate and educated parents. My mother was a medical social worker at a county hospital in Phoenix’s inner city. My father worked for The Capital Times, a political newspaper.

Between these two worlds, I was ingrained with a deep sense of compassion and political activism. I spent most summer vacations driving to and hiking in national and state parks. By the time I was 12, I had been to every single park in the state of Arizona – as well as many in Utah and Colorado. At the time I envied my friends going on Disneyland vacations, but I am forever grateful for the love of nature and history my parents instilled in me.

Pursuing my dream of being a ballerina brought me to Milwaukee where I was accepted into the Milwaukee Ballet. After 13 years, I retired from the company in May 2016 and joined Wisconsin Conservation Voters about seven months later.


  • Graduated from UW Milwaukee Spring 2016, magna cum laude
  • Worked in Community Outreach for 10 years with Milwaukee Ballet
  • Development experience through Milwaukee Ballet
  • Field organizer, Democratic Party of Wisconsin, coordinated campaign


I enjoy traveling, hiking, fishing, photography, and hanging out with my kitty.

I’m a conservation voter because the health of the natural world must be cared for if its beauty and gifts are to be enjoyed for generations.

Favorite place in Wisconsin: Somewhere secret in beautiful northern Wisconsin