Susan Knapp

Susan Knapp | Founding Board Member

Susan is a founding board member of Global Bridge Foundation.  Having earned a masters degree in Special Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Education,  she has been an educator in both the public and private sector for almost 20 years.  During this time, she worked primarily with severe and moderately disabled teenagers in the Southern California area.

Early in her career, Susan worked as a research associate for the Institute for Educational Research based in Philadelphia, PA.  She assisted in evaluating all federally funded special education pre-school programs in the state of Pennsylvania.  Additionally, after moving to California, she worked at the Rand Corporation in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services.  These experiences have given her a broader perspective about education as a life-long process as well as its role in the improvement of life circumstances throughout the world.  The value of education is very prominent in the projects in which she is involved.

Her first project with Global Bridge Foundation was organizing and directing the Being a Difference that Makes a Difference Young Leadership Conference in the spring of 2000.   This conference was held at UCLA and hosted 300 Los Angeles high school students. 

During the past 10 years, she has also been solely responsible for choosing the recipients of the annual Blanche Hunsaker Scholarship in the arts.  This scholarship is sponsored by Global Bridge in memory of Susan's mother.  

As an extension of her interest in education, Susan has been involved personally with Women for Women International, with the support of Global Bridge.  WFWI is a world renowned charity that supports and educates women in war-torn countries. In 2009, Susan visited the WFWI program in Bosnia & Herzegovina.  As a result, Global Bridge is currently looking for ways to collaborate with WFWI in Bosnia and elsewhere.  

Susan continues to bring organizations to Global Bridge that she believes can further its mission,  such as Heifer International, an organization finding sustainable solutions to hunger and agricultural development around the world.

Projects In Focus

Humanistic Spirituality

Humanistic Spirituality (HS) is a system of teaching purposeful living through counseling and guidance practices. more >>

Developing a Soy Industry in Afghanistan

With a goal to eradicate the malnutrition crisis in Afghanistan, Nutrition and Education International more >>

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