Susanne is Web editor for top sites at UC Davis, involved in organizing strategic communication projects, finding compelling stories about people at the university and analyzing how well we reach our audience through our Web communications.
Arriving at UC Davis in 1989 after 15 years as journalist at several California newspapers, Susanne started as the campus faculty-staff editor. She later worked as a public information representative to the media and has been the campus Web editor since 2000.
When social media started in the mid-2000s, Susanne became the campus’s pioneer for top-level UC Davis efforts, developing Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and other sites. Her interest in social media's impact on communication led to a fellowship with the Society of New Communication Research in 2009 and 2010.
Susanne earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in rhetoric and communication from UC Davis. She also spent her junior year abroad in Madrid and enjoys visiting Spanish-speaking countries. Argentina and Chile are on next on her bucket list.
What inspired me to do what I do?
I like to ask questions. And I like to hear stories. Who would have thought I could make a living doing this?
My longtime ambition is to work with a developing country on an educational project that makes a difference in their people’s health, well-being and quality of life.
Book that moved me
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt: A great detective story about a lost poem that takes side trips into topics you never knew you wanted to know, such as where the Roman font came from.
Really bad romance novels.