Sue Suter, President and Chief Executive Officer
United Way of Lancaster County
In January 2015, Sue Suter joined United Way of Lancaster County as its President and Chief Executive Officer. She brings to her new role more than 24 years of United Way experience.
For the past six years, Sue served as CEO of United Way of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi. Joining them in 2009, she helped this four-county region continue its recovery from the back-to-back devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Under her leadership the United Way administered $4-6 million annually in initiatives, grants, in-kind giving and in support of its volunteer center.
United Way of South Mississippi was named a Top 10 Community and Business Leader in 2013.
From 1996 to 2009, Sue was Executive Director of United Way of the Greater Seacoast in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The largest United Way in New Hampshire, this organization served two counties and represented 47 communities. During her tenure Sue increased local giving from $2.8 million to more than $4.5 million to support community needs in the region. All told, more than $40 million was raised during her 13 year tenure, including $2 million in grant revenues for special initiatives.
The Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce recognized this United Way as its 2006 Business of the Year.
Sue ultimately helped guide the organization through one of the first interstate merger of United Ways. She directed the seamless integration of the Greater Seacoast United Way into United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimac Valley in 2008 and 2009.
Sue took her first position with United Way as director of the National Corporate Leadership division of United Way of America (now United Way Worldwide) based in Alexandria, Virginia from 1993 to 1996. While there, she managed a $60 million portfolio of National Corporate Leadership partners and fostered relationships between the trade association and the Council of Foundations.
In the late 80s and early 90s Sue was a part of United Way of Massachusetts Bay. She also served as Assistant Executive Director with the federal Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Philippines, Belize and Alexandria.
Sue graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She is now a homeowner in Downtown Lancaster. Her two grown sons live in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.