Susan Farrar

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Sue has overseen Community Foundation’s assets and operations since 2000. Sue and the team work tirelessly to ensure the Foundation’s asset growth can meet the evolving needs of the community and keep Santa Cruz County a thriving place to work and live.

Sue’s first 20+ years in the legal field gave her a strong knowledge base in business management, financial, legal, and compliance issues. She also has an extensive background in human resource management and information technology systems.

Sue took an unexpected leap into nonprofit work after discovering her skills could be used to support and promote positive change in the community where she has deep family roots. She’s inspired every day knowing she is helping to serve her birthplace of Watsonville, CA. Sue is also an advocate for the ongoing professional development and enjoys sharing her knowledge with, supporting and mentoring others in the nonprofit community.

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While Sue is always looking for ways to manage Foundation resources more efficiently, she is energized by finding new, innovative ways to align donor interests with the needs of Santa Cruz County.

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