Susan Mayer

Susan Mayer is the Chief Learning Officer at Achieving the Dream.  In this role, she leads ATD’s leadership and pathways coaching efforts within ATD and higher education; delivers a range of services to support colleges to improve student and institutional outcomes; supports the development of new strategies and services to meet college and student needs; and works collaboratively with the senior leadership team to integrate cross-program strategies and learning.

Prior to joining ATD, Susan was the Managing Partner Director of the Student Achievement initiatives at Miami Dade College.  In that role, she led college-wide teams of faculty, staff and administrators to redesign academic and support services, including educational, career and mathematics pathways; an integrated advising model that supports students from high school through completion; early alerts and interventions systems; faculty professional development pathways; improved business processes; and leadership development.  She was a member of the Academic Leadership Council, and co-led the award of $12 million from public and private funders to support student success initiatives, including a Department of Education, Fund for Improvement in Postsecondary Education award to redesign gateway mathematics.  Miami Dade was the 2017 recipient of the ATD Leah Meyer Austin Award for institutionalizing student-focused culture.

Susan co-authored or edited several publications related to Guided Pathways and Organizational Transformation. She also is a Leadership Coach for ATD colleges in multiple states, and formerly was a Trustee and Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of Florida Memorial University. 

Susan has broad experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, finance and operations across a range of industries.  She earned a M.B.A. degree from Harvard University and a B.A. degree from Boston University.

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