Meet Susan Meek

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS TO STRENGTHEN THE COMMUNITY AND SERVE OUR STUDENTS

Susan has been an active Douglas County community member for over 18 years and has deep roots in the local community and its schools. Susan and her husband raised two daughters who attended Douglas County schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade and are now in college. She has an MBA in Business Economics and Public Policy from George Washington University.

As a strategy and communications professional in the public education sector since 1997, Susan has been successful in bringing together individuals and organizations with differing perspectives to achieve the common goal of advancing public education. Susan’s training as a skilled contract negotiator for the Naval Air Systems Command has honed her skills in partnership and coalition building. She has worked closely with higher education, government and private industry to create and lead cross-sector partnerships involving education, job training and postsecondary pathway programs. Her experience includes:

12 years of volunteer service in Douglas County

  • President and Secretary of Eldorado Education Association (the Parent/Teacher Organization at Eldorado Elementary School)
  • Chair of the School Accountability Committee at Northridge Elementary School
  • Chair of the School Accountability Committee at ThunderRidge High School
  • Leadership Douglas County graduate

6 years of experience as a Douglas County School District employee (2005-2011)

  • Created the Apple Awards teacher recognition program
  • Developed the Digital Educator Program for teacher professional development
  • Launched the Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon to recognize the value of athletics for young women
  • Partnered with the workforce agency, higher education and industry partnerships resulting in an award-winning program providing accelerated career training to 200+ youth and unemployed adults that resulted in college credit and industry-recognized certifications in Oracle, A+, Net+ and Security+
  • Expanded postsecondary pathway learning opportunities through multiple competitive grants that put in place electric vehicle training for the automotive program and job training in the renewable energy sector
  • Co-chaired a committee for the STEM Education Coalition of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce
  • Developed, executed and sustained the communications for Douglas County School District when the district had 60,000 students, 80 schools, and 6,000 employees
  • Served on the superintendent's leadership team and supported the board of education
  • Acted as the district's media spokesperson and press liaison for all media inquires — issues included the unprecedented budget cuts, H1N1 flu epidemic, introduction of transportation fees, superintendent hiring process and salary controversy and the contentious voucher program

5+ years experience supporting public education at the state level

  • Represented Douglas County School District as a contributing member of the Denver WIRED (Workforce in Regional Economic Development) K-12 Education Panel created by the US Department of Commerce as a new approach to workforce and economic development
  • Supported Colorado superintendents and education leaders with advocacy and professional development resources
  • Advocated for additional funding for all Colorado public schools 
  • Launched the Colorado Education Network and the What makes Colorado, Colorado? video
  • Honored with a 2018 Rural Service Award
  • Received a 2018 State Leadership Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards

Empowering others has always been at the heart of this work and has involved a sustained commitment to elevating diverse voices, increasing knowledge, solving complex problems and making connections. This leadership style and experience will support the school board in its work. By remaining nonpartisan in all of these endeavors, she has created a track record that allows her to more easily work with and represent all constituents in a nonpartisan way.

Susan's leadership style has proven effective in advancing public education efforts in Douglas County and across the state.


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