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Susan is focused on improving Denver by using her expertise as a real estate developer to turn urban properties into communities that create sustainable value for the area. She achieves this through her work as president of Urban Ventures, LLC, a real estate development company that builds mixed-income and mixed-use neighborhoods in Denver.

Prior to creating Urban Ventures, she was the executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority for 11 years and participated in the redevelopment of downtown Denver. At Urban Ventures she leads the redevelopment of multiple projects throughout the Denver area, including a mixed-income health neighborhood and two affordable housing developments.

In addition to serving on the board of the Denver Health Foundation, she sits on the boards of Denver Community Health Services and the Elevation Community Land Trust and participates in many affordable housing initiatives.