Chair and Senior Counselor, Novelli Life Sciences
After nearly 30 years in communications, including teaching at the university of Tulsa, Susan founded Atkins + Associates – a media and investor relations consulting firm serving the biotechnology industry – and sold the company to Porter Novelli, a global public relations agency. She was a leader in the biotechnology industry for more than 20 years, as director of communications for Genentech and as a corporate officer and vice president of communications for Ligand Pharmaceuticals and Rorer Group. She was also a member of the executive committee of the San Diego BIOCOM board of directors and active in the international Biotechnology Industry Organization. She was group vice president of Ketchum Public Relations in San Francisco, and was also appointed Library Commissioner in San Diego and served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood. Now retired, Susan is on the Board of Directors of the national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund where she was Board Chair for two years. Additionally, she has received several awards for philanthropy including an award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.