From 1996 to 2015 Susan Hayes served as president & CEO of ReSurge International (formerly Interplast, Inc.).
Hayes came to ReSurge with 16 years of management, fundraising and media experience in public broadcasting, including as VP for development and publicity for the five tv/radio stations of Western New/Southern Ontario. Previously she was a political science instructor at Syracuse University and the University of South Carolina; and a policy analyst for the National Institute of Health and other federal agencies at public policy think tank, Syracuse Research Corporation.
Throughout her career Hayes has served on nonprofit boards, including: InterAction; Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, California, Reading Partners; the Santa Clara Valley YWCA board; and as an Advisory Committee member of community media CreaTV.
Hayes holds BA and MA degrees from the University of South Carolina in government & international studies, an MA in political science from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and completed PhD coursework in political science at the Maxwell School. She is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.
In her retirement, Hayes provides pro bono guidance and counsel to nonprofits on the subject of nonprofit governance and to domestic and international nonprofit organizations –through CEO coaching, by working with boards and CEOs on board governance, and in personal board service.
A South Carolina native, Hayes lived for 20 years in New York State, and has resided in San Jose, CA for the past 21 years.