As President and CEO of Orange County United Way, Susan B. Parks leads the nonprofit organization’s mission to improve lives and strengthen the Orange County community. Parks has a long history with the organization as a former board member and one of the founding members of Orange County United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund. She was also an active player in the development of the nonprofit’s 10-year strategic plan to achieve substantial and sustainable social change in our county. Under Parks’ leadership, the organization launched three key initiatives; United to End Homelessness, United for Financial Security, and United for Student Success, which tackle the Orange County community’s most critical issues and seek to provide long-term solutions that break the cycle.
Prior to joining United Way, she held executive roles in several Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, in addition to being an entrepreneur. Parks has received numerous accolades for both her business and civic leadership. Parks currently serves on the Commission to End Homelessness and is a member of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Chief Executive Roundtable.