Leadership & Staff

Get to know the team whose passion for this work drives results day in and day out.

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy

Vice President for Organizational Development and Governance

Subject Matter Expert

Governance and Nonprofit Management

Alma Mater

Marygrove College (Detroit) and Central Michigan University

What book changed your life?

Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way by Robin Gerber. This book moved me because of the way it intertwines anecdotes from Eleanor’s life with lessons that contributed to her growth as a person and as a leader. It helped me to appreciate the ways good mentors touch our lives and the importance of the role of mentorship to furthering growth and creating opportunities.

Susan Murphy is Vice President for Organizational Development and Governance at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Susan joined United Way in 2002 and has spent more than 20 years effectively leading teams within the nonprofit sector. She leads human resources strategy and organizational performance and is responsible for training and development of employees and volunteers, growing the organization’s ability for data driven decision-making and overseeing corporate governance to advance strategic objectives.

Susan has held multiple roles within United Way in the areas of community building and partnerships, fund development and board development. She uses a diverse range of approaches in her work, drawing on the latest management research, organizational theory and nonprofit governance models.

Prior to joining United Way, Susan held roles in human service organizations assisting vulnerable populations, including children and adolescents with emotional and/or behavioral impairments, adults in need of case management and vocational rehabilitation services, and seniors living in supported environments.

As a Global Resident Fellow of United Way Worldwide, Susan learned to understand talent as a critical strategy for organizations to achieve goals. She serves on the Michigan Association of United Way’s board, participates in efforts within the global network and serves on multiple community boards.

Susan has a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. A lifelong learner, she is always seeking opportunities for personal and professional development. She is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with her husband, doing yoga, walking, volunteering, outdoor activities and writing.