Vice President, Organizational Development and Governance

Subject Matter Expert

Governance and Nonprofit Management

Alma Maters

Marygrove College (Detroit) and Central Michigan University


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. She leads human resource strategy, is responsible for the engagement and development of employees and board members and oversees corporate governance.

Susan joined United Way in 2002 and has held multiple roles in the areas of community building and partnerships, fund development and board development. She has spent more than 20 years effectively leading teams within the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining United Way, Susan held roles in human service organizations operating programs in the areas of youth development, vocational rehabilitation, employment coaching and senior services.

While completing a Global Resident Fellowship with United Way Worldwide, Susan focused on talent management strategy. She participates on the Talent Advisory Council within the global network and serves on multiple community boards.

Susan earned her master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and holds certifications through the Human Capital Institute (HCI) and International Coach Federation (ICF). She is passionate about lifelong learning and helping others develop, grow, lead more successfully and ultimately increase their personal and professional satisfaction. Susan enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, swimming, biking, volunteering, outdoor activities and writing.