As President of the Petco Foundation, a lifesaving nonprofit organization, Susanne leads a team dedicated to inspiring and empowering animal lovers across the nation to save pet lives to create communities and help pet families become closer, stronger and healthier. She is also the Vice-Chair of HABRI's (Human Animal Bond Research Institute) Board of Trustees.
In 2005, Susanne took her decade of corporate law experience and a passion for animals to serve as the Executive Director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, where she transformed the open-admission SPCA into an award-winning, nationally recognized lifesaving model. Prior to that, Susanne held several positions at Capital One Financial Corporation and was an attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Brown & Wood.
Since joining the Petco Foundation in 2013, Susanne's thought leadership in the animal welfare industry has helped raise the bar and set a new standard for animal sheltering in our country. Industry-wide, she champions foster care and fights to celebrate and recognize those organizations that are the most productive and effective at saving lives, leading the Petco Foundation team to develop a new innovative model to ensure investments have the most lifesaving impact possible. She is guided by the belief that, together, we can and will create a lifesaving nation.
In 2016, Pet Age recognized Susanne as a "Women of Influence" for her contributions to the pet industry. Susanne holds a bachelor's degree in Finance and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Houston. She is based in Petco's San Antonio Support Center where she shares her hill country home with a pack of aging dogs and various foster pets.