Susan Dunn joined United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut (UWCNCT) in 1990 as communications director. On November 8, 2006, the board of directors named Susan president and chief executive officer. Immediately preceding, she served as interim president and CEO as a result of the sudden passing of UWCNCT President and CEO George Bahamonde in July 2006. During her United Way career, Susan was responsible for the annual $27 million fundraising effort, leadership giving, communications and public relations along with administrative responsibilities for the organization. In October 2006, Susan was named to the board of directors of the United Way of Connecticut and was appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell to the Early Childhood Research and Policy Council.
Prior to joining United Way, Susan held a variety of paid and volunteer positions for West Hartford Community Education, the Junior League of Hartford and the Newington Children’s Hospital (now Connecticut Children’s Medical Center) among others. Among Susan’s community activities, she is a past president of the board of trustees of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT. She also serves on the board of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts—Greater Hartford Chapter and is a corporator of Hartford Hospital. Within the United Way system, Susan is a member of the National Professional Council of United Way of America and serves on the national board for United eWay. Susan was named one of Greater Hartford’s 50 Most Influential People (Hartford Magazine, July 2008). She is a member of the class of 1993 of Leadership Greater Hartford and served on the board of directors from 1997 to 2003. In addition, Susan is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Class XV.
In 2002, Susan was awarded the Junior League of Hartford’s President’s Award, the highest honor for the League. She is the second League member to be awarded this honor since the award was instituted more than a decade ago.
Susan is one of the first women graduates of Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, cum laude. She resides in West Hartford with her husband, Ned, and has three adult children.