As interim chief communications officer, Susan Byrnes leads the foundation’s global communications division, which is focused on increasing awareness and knowledge of priority global poverty, health, and U.S. education issues. Susan oversees all communications and brand functions, including managing reputation risk and building media partnerships to support independent coverage of priority issues.
Susan has spent her professional career in journalism and communications, focused on spotlighting inequity and showcasing innovative approaches and progress. Susan joined the foundation in 2007 to lead communications for the Global Development division. Prior to the foundation, she ran a strategic communications consulting business. Susan was also a vice president at the Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm GMMB. Susan spent nearly a decade as a journalist, initially as a producer for Italian national television; later as a reporter for The Los Angeles Times; and finally as a reporter, columnist and member of the editorial board of The Seattle Times.
Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Brown University and a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.