Susan has over 30 years of non-profit experience and 27 years of experience as a CEO. Formerly the President & CEO of CWE from 2008 to 2019, Susan will continue in a supporting role as the Strategic Advisor for enough time to assure a smooth transition of all programs and relationships, including those with the Small Business Administration and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. During Susan’s ten-year tenure, CWE expanded into all of New England with the addition of the Vermont and New Hampshire WBC’s and the Veterans Business Outreach Center, while tripling the number of people served by CWE’s community classrooms, online learning and other targeted programming. It is with great confidence and enthusiasm that she puts CWE’s staff and clients in Gaby’s very competent hands.
Prior to being the President & CEO from 2008 to 2019, Susan was the President and CEO of the Greater Providence YMCA, where she served for 12 years. While there, she led the first successful capital campaign in two decades and oversaw 200 percent growth as well as 88 percent growth in program and membership. Susan has held other key leadership roles, having served on the boards of the United Way, Leadership Rhode Island, Leadership Broward, the Junior League, University Club and in particular, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, where Rittscher worked to make the mission of the organization, “to advance equity and social justice for women and girls,” a reality. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Service Leadership and Management from Springfield College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from California State University, Chico.