Susan Porter

Maryland has always been home. Susan grew up in Montgomery County and earned a BA in English and an MEd in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. She taught high school English for 10 years both in the classroom and in her own tutoring business. In 1991, she opened her own company and provided management training and consulting to companies all over the country with a team of approximately 30 independent trainers and consultants. Although she loved this work, after 19 years she was bitten by the acting bug and decided to sell the company and enroll in an acting conservatory for the next two and a half years. She adores the collaborative process of acting with people of all ages in the Baltimore-Washington area.

For the past 35 years, Columbia has been a wonderful home where she and her husband, Steven, raised two great kids. As a county resident and owner of a small business, she thought it was important to learn more about the community and contribute to it. She has enjoyed her time on numerous boards including the HC Chamber, Leadership HC (graduate of the class of 2001!), and the HC Arts Council. Currently, Susan is proud to serve on the Board of the Bright Minds Foundation.

Susan believes that equal opportunity must include equal access for all the county has to offer. Through OhanaHC, Susan and Steven will work with students and other community members to remove obstacles for underserved children in the county and reduce isolation for all involved.

Current Involvement

  • Bright Minds Foundation Board of Directors, Member

Previous Involvement

  • Howard County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Member
  • Leadership Howard County Board of Directors, Member
  • Howard County Arts Council Board of Directors, Member

Notable Achievements

  • Leadership Howard County Premier Graduate, 2001

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