WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Unparalleled Change Agent
Susan’s influence as an innovator and an inclusive change agent in the field is unparalleled. She is a professional who is deeply impassioned about and committed to work on behalf of the common good. Susan was extremely influential in my personal evolution as a donor and board member.
–Henry A.J. Ramos, Senior Editor & Project Consultant, Arte Público Press,
University of Houston
Susan is an outstanding coach: honest, incredibly intuitive, brilliant and so experienced. She enabled me to find my leadership skills and become the leader I needed to be.
–Susan Cole, Founder and Director
Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative
Harvard Law School
A Terrific Thought Partner
Susan really got what was unique about our particular strategy of using films to work for social justice – and she was highly effective in communicating about it passionately and convincingly. She was a terrific thought partner with great perspective.
– Debra Chasnoff, z”l
Former President and Senior Producer, Groundspark
Trusted, Long Term Strategic Thinker
Susan is a trusted, bold and visionary leader – a long term strategic thinker.
– Torie Osborn, Senior Policy Director
Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
From Coaching Clients
I am so much more effective as a leader of my organization with the gift of you seeing me, holding my vulnerabilities and history, while honoring my strengths, resilience and present-day path.
You have been my spiritual midwife, helping me to stay on my path and keep returning to what is true about me.
Working with you, I re-gained the confidence to go after the job that allowed me to make a difference for high school students.
I am now breathing so much more deeply as I go through my day, and much more able to stay grounded in myself despite the same old stresses of my job.
I am struck by your deep enthusiasm and passion, and grateful to benefit from your clear and holistic approach. My pilates clients will benefit for sure.
Your grounded presence and partnership helped me learn to cultivate my own resilience, never more important than now.
Extraordinarily Thoughtful Professional
As Director of Advancement and later a consultant for the National Writing Project, we benefitted from Susan’s perspective on how to build a sustainable, future-oriented organization for progressive educators nationwide. She is an extraordinarily thoughtful professional with deep experience in diversity, equity and inclusion work, coalition-building and political engagement.
–Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director,
National Writing Project
Critical Thinker and Visionary
Susan Freundlich is a multi-talented and highly effective fundraiser and organizational consultant as well as a critical thinker and visionary. I have always known her to bring keen insight, experience and her commitment to activism for social justice to her work with donors, foundations, and community-based organizations.
– Paul Kivel, Social Justice Educator;
Community-based Donor Activist, and Writer
With Susan's leadership, JFCS East Bay created thoughtful new branding, an engaging and compelling website, inspiring videos and a new tag line that describes the organization perfectly:
Compassion in Action, Commitment to All.
–Joel ben Izzy, Storyteller, Author & Story Consultant; JFCS East Bay, VP Board of Directors
A Seasoned Professional of the Highest Caliber
Susan brought a deep understanding of true social justice. She has an innate ability to deliver a mission-focused message whether in a fundraising appeal, a communications campaign or face-to-face with donors or partners. She built strong and lasting relationships that inspired donors to give. Susan brings creativity, integrity and a desire for excellence to every effort, and is a seasoned professional of the highest caliber.
– Judy Patrick, Public Policy Consultant at Equal Rights Advocates;
Former President & CEO, Women’s Foundation of CA
Positive Tone, Productive Atmosphere
As a long time philanthropist and donor activist, I rekindled my commitment to the Women’s Foundation of California as a direct result of Susan’s leadership there. I trusted and depended on her deep sense of compassion and meaningful inclusion of all. Susan’s well-honed communication skills and knowledge of organization development help create a positive tone and productive atmosphere that inspires authentic and effective relationships.
— Leonie Walker
Philanthropic Activist and Executive Director
Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology