Susan Johnson

Executive Director

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson comes to the Needy Fund with over 25 years of experience managing organizations in Chicago, Boston and Sydney, Australia. She grew up in Yarmouth Port and returned home to the Cape in 2007 to raise her children and care for her aging parents. It was at this time that Susan cemented her career in nonprofit management, leading organizations such as HB&RACC, HECH, Cape Cod Village, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. She is also the Co-Founder of Katelynn’s Closet, a 501c3 nonprofit providing clothing to children in need on the Cape & Islands.

Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received graduate certificates in nonprofit management from Suffolk University and the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University through the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. During the pandemic, she earned a graduate certificate in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Leadership through the University of Colorado, Boulder. Susan is a Martha Beck Wayfinder Life Coach. She currently lives in Dennis with her husband, Doug, their combined 5 children; Sadie -a very happy lab; and Tove – the salty hedgehog. When she is not at the Needy Fund, she is photographing sunrises, writing poetry, traveling, or cheering on her kids from the bleachers.

“I am so excited to be a part of this amazing organization with its strong and dedicated board, staff and donor base. I can think of no greater honor than serving my community by assisting our neighbors and easing their burden as they navigate difficult financial times.” 

Susan Johnson, Executive Director