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Susan Steele, Executive Director, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

Susan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado and began her career as a middle school math teacher. After several years of teaching, she moved into the business arena serving in management and accounting positions for several family-owned businesses in Denver.  She joined the Buell Foundation as controller in 1993. In 1998 she was named Executive Director. 

During her tenure, she has helped guide the foundation to prominence as a leader in early childhood development throughout the state of Colorado. Under her leadership, the Foundation was recognized as the Colorado Foundation of the Year in 2012.  In 2013, Susan was appointed to the Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission, where she helps to advise the Office of Early Childhood on issues related to early childhood education and development.  Susan currently serves on the Management Team for the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program at the University of Colorado at Denver and has played an important role in the creation of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Network.  Both of these groups exist to nurture and build the leadership capacity of experienced and emerging leaders to create equity, opportunity, and educational excellence for all young children and their families in Colorado.   She also chairs the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative and is immediate past president of the Colorado Association of Funders.  Susan is one of the founding partners that created Colorado EPIC and remains an active member on the governing board today.