Catholic Charities is pleased to announce that Susan Lucas Taylor has joined Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County as the Chief Development Officer. Susan was most recently Senior Director of Development at Santa Clara University and was the liaison to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Raised in Los Altos and a graduate of Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Susan brought a wealth of local prospects to the University. Prior to joining the Ethics team, Susan worked for eight years as Development Director in local non-profits, including Goodwill of Silicon Valley and Sacred Heart Parish. In her role at Sacred Heart Parish in Saratoga, she conducted a successful capital campaign.
“I am thrilled that Susan will be leading the charge for our Development efforts,” said Gregory R. Kepferle, Catholic Charities CEO. “Her deep understanding of our community, personal experience as a parishioner, and success as a fundraising professional will help Catholic Charities serve even more of our neighbors in need.”
Susan also has a wealth of sales experience in the insurance industry, where she earned the Life Underwriter’s designation. For 25 years, she has built strong relationships in community-based non-profits and held leadership roles as Chairman of the Board of the Santa Clara County American Cancer Society and President of the Grand View League.
Susan is passionate about fundraising and is dedicated to working with staff, advisory board members, and corporate partners to develop new resources. She lives with her husband Michael and three children in Campbell.
“Throughout my career I have been a donor, a volunteer, an advisory board member, a board president and chair, and a staff member in Catholic and nonprofit institutions, which provides me with a unique lens,” said Taylor. “These various roles have allowed me to make many connections in the Catholic community throughout the Bay Area and to cultivate philanthropic support. I am honored to join the leadership team of this amazing institution to engage donors and corporate partners so that more clients can be served and lifted out of poverty.”