Susanna Williams, Strategic Communications

Susanna Williams is the founder of BridgEd Strategies, an independent consulting practice, through which she works with clients to open the doors of opportunity to more people. Susanna concentrates on improving organizational communication, building cross-sector networks, individual coaching, and organizational strategic planning through qualitative research, writing, and facilitation.

Prior to launching BridgEd Strategies in 2014, Susanna was a program officer with the Postsecondary Success initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led a $1.5 million investment in a national higher education network analysis. She is a fifth-generation educator who began her career as a K - 4 teacher before becoming a K -12 administrator, political campaign operative, and community college administration leader.

Susanna was a recipient of the 2011 German Marshall Memorial Fellowship to study policy and culture in the European Union. She was recognized for her volunteer commitment to the Seattle community with a 2009 Washington State Governor’s Award for Community Service. Susanna received a B.A. in politics from Earlham College  and a M.S. in education from Bank Street College of Education. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is active in the New York City Employment & Training Coalition and the Women’s City Club of New York. Her favorite question to ask is “What if…?”.