PEF Welcomes New Executive Director

Executive Director Susan Terrill
Executive Director Susan Terrill

The Piedmont Education Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Terrill to the position of Executive Director. An extensive search this past fall by the Search Committee Task Force, made up of PEF Board members and community members, culminated in the recommendation of Susan for the position. “We spoke to many talented applicants, and found that Susan’s commitment, background and skill set make her a great fit for PEF and our community. We give her an enthusiastic ‘thumbs up’ and wholeheartedly welcome her aboard,” says Molly Ashford, Search Committee Task Force member.

Susan brings leadership and valuable fundraising experience to her new role. Her background includes business development, non-profit fundraising, and marketing management in several industries, including arts, education, finance and healthcare. Most recently, she was the Director of Education and Visitor Experience at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. Before that, she held management positions in marketing and event production at Kaiser Permanente and Charles Schwab & Co., and development positions at the Commonwealth Club of California and the San Francisco Ballet. During her career, Susan has successfully managed diverse teams, developed innovative marketing programs, secured sponsorships for international conferences, and produced prestigious fundraising events.

Her interest in PEF and the Piedmont schools goes back even farther however – as a Piedmont native, both she and her brother were educated here. She is pleased her son, now in sixth grade at Piedmont Middle School, will have the opportunity to be likewise. “Having grown up in the PUSD system, I am intimately familiar with the quality of our schools – and the benefits that come from the amazing work of the Piedmont Education Foundation.  I am honored to build on PEF’s long tradition of supporting our outstanding schools and am thrilled to contribute to my community in such an impactful way,” says Susan.  “We are excited to welcome Susan to the PEF team and I’m confident she’ll help us achieve our fundraising and program goals,” says Christine Wente von Metzsch, PEF Board Chair.

The Piedmont community is invited to meet and welcome Susan at a reception on Thursday, January 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the home of Christine and Roland von Metzsch, 125 Wildwood Gardens.  RSVP to communications@piedmontedfoundation.org.  Learn more.