Susan Joseph Nielsen is the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Spokane Valley, planning and evaluating major economic development activities within the City. This includes connecting with CEOs, executives, and local businesses, recommending strategies to foster economic development in desired areas, assisting businesses with growth strategies and evaluating business and community opportunities.
She also knows what it's like to run a business. She is president of Gabe’s Gourmet Foods LLC, a second-generation, family-owned business founded in 1968 by her parents. Gabe's is a retail and e-commerce store with customers throughout the country. Susan previously owned a consultancy business, Strategic Niche LLC. She's lent her expertise to the energy, technology, education, government, agriculture, natural resources, nonprofit, and healthcare sectors.
Throughout her career, Susan has focused on community philanthropy and volunteerism. Organizations benefitting from her active service include American Red Cross Inland Northwest, Leadership Spokane, and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority alumnae group.
A graduate of Washington State University, she received a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Eastern Washington University. Susan is Economic Gardening Certified (EGc) and Accredited in Public Relations (APR).
Susan enjoys reading, walking, biking, RVing, fishing, boating, and travelling. She and her husband, Scott, have two adult sons. The entire family has been active in the credit union movement for several years. They value the many ways Numerica supports the communities it serves.
Before serving on the Numerica Board of Directors, Susan was a member of the Audit Committee.