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Vice President, HR, 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 of HR, Organizational Development and Governance at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She leads human resource strategy and is responsible for implementing initiatives that create an engaging workplace. Her role enables the organization to attract, develop and retain top talent. Susan shepherds effective governance and supports a productive board that enables the organization to advance its mission.

Susan leads the organization’s governance and nominating committee, which is responsible for the recruitment, nomination, orientation, training, succession, performance and evaluation of board members, including officers.

Since joining United Way in 2002, Susan has held a series of increasingly responsible positions in the areas of community impact, fund development, operations and corporate governance. Prior to joining United Way, Susan held roles in human service organizations operating programs in the areas of youth development, vocational training and 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 has served on multiple community boards.

Susan earned her master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and holds certifications through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) 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.