Susan joined the Innocence Inquiry Commission as Associate Director in October 2022. Immediately prior to joining the Commission, she was a state agency administrator in the NC Office of Indigent Defense Services for over 18 years.
Susan started her career as an assistant public defender in Jacksonville, Florida. She returned to North Carolina to engage in civil practice, first as a plaintiffs' workers compensation attorney with Wallace & Graham, P.A. in Salisbury, NC, and then as an insurance defense attorney at Ragsdale Liggett P.L.L.C. in Raleigh, NC.
Susan is a 1990 graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Political Science. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994 and is admitted to practice law in North Carolina.