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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Susan Sanford

Susan Sanford
Executive Director
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster


Susan brings a broad mix of skills and personal traits to her role as the Executive Director of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC). Susan was the Executive Director at Futures for Kids (F4K) and built the organization from a start-up to a sustainable organization through creating and cultivating relationships over her 10-year tenure. A collaborative problem solver, Susan created employer and educator advisory groups as means to continuously seek feedback to improve programs and services for multiple stakeholders.

In Wake County, Susan worked with federal, county, and citizen stakeholders to create land-use recommendations for publicly-owned farmland. She is technically skilled in analyzing economic development issues, including labor markets and cluster development, and has 15+ years of experience in business development. Through her work in rural and urban North Carolina and overseas in South Korea, Susan is highly competent in working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Susan holds a Masters in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill.