Susan Mitchell joined College Access Now (CAN) in April 2012 as Executive Director, where she works in partnership with the Board of Directors to implement the long-term vision for the organization. As CAN embarks on a substantial growth plan, Susan’s experience in leadership, strategic planning, finance, and fundraising, for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, is a great asset for CAN.
For the past 10 years Susan’s focus has been in development, successfully increasing organizational contributions 20%+ annually. Most recently, she was the Chief Development Officer at 10,000 Degrees, a college access and success organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As a first generation college graduate, Susan brings not only a strong entrepreneurial work ethic, but a passion for this work that is dear to her heart. Susan is a California native, where she raised her two children, both of whom graduated from college in the mid-west. Susan earned her B.A. from Sonoma State University, California. In her spare time, Susan ventures outdoors – she enjoys cycling, hiking and swimming, and has completed three triathlons. She is looking forward to exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.