About Susan

For 25 years, Susan has worked in marketing communications and community relations, including six years in the Contra Costa County Health Services Department. She is the co-author of two frequently cited journal articles on injury and violence prevention policy and is currently studying to become a certified financial planner. In addition, Susan will bring to the West Contra Costa Healthcare District valuable policy experience acquired working for former Assemblymembers Dion Aroner and Tom Bates.


Consultant, Marketing & Communications
San Francisco Bay Area
Provide communications consulting services, including media planning, market research, campaign and market plan design as well as writing, editing and advertising services to a wide variety of government, nonprofit and foundation clients throughout the state and nation. (Client list below.) 1996-Present.

Director of Marketing & Community Outreach
Contra Costa College, San Pablo
Produced annual marketing objectives and oversaw marketing team, media design office and six staff. Coordinated outreach to high schools, media relations, advertising, direct mail, publication of class schedules and special events. In nine months, arranged for staffing and opening of a one-stop career center at the Hilltop Mall, produced a luncheon for high school counselors, authored the college’s WEB Guidelines and produced a Festival/Open House on campus. Represented the college at trade shows and career fairs. 1997-1998.

Public Information Officer
Prevention Program, CCC Health Services Department, Pleasant Hill
Developed media opportunities and advocacy campaigns for four health projects, including a nationally recognized violence prevention program. Produced a strategic public information plan and resource manual. Responded to national print and broadcast media inquiries and coordinated well-attended local and regional news conferences. Oversaw writing and production of all the Program’s published materials, including annual reports, brochures, and newsletters. Directed the development and marketing of video products. Conducted media training for local organizations, county staff, and statewide conferences. Participated as a member of the Management Team, represented the Program at community coalition meetings, and supervised staff and interns. 1990-1996.

Public Relations Manager
Oakland Convention & Visitors Bureau, Oakland
Directed media and public relations for Oakland’s tourism and convention business community, including press coordination for the city during the 1988 American League Playoffs. Created and chaired the city’s first professional association of public information staff. Produced and edited two full-color, 64-page annual magazines as well as annual reports, events calendars, newsletters, and brochures. Collaborated with sales staff on marketing campaigns and placed dozens of articles in national trade magazines. Also coordinated monthly membership luncheons and supervised assistants and interns. 1987-1989.

Publicity Director
Festival at the Lake, Oakland
Planned, budgeted, and implemented all publicity and promotion for Oakland's annual three-day urban fair. Set precedent for free shuttle service from BART stations, the donation of billboards, media center on site, and multiple remote broadcasts. Obtained the Festival's first national publicity. Coordinated image direction, copy writing, and paid advertising, as well as news releases, public service and calendar announcements. 1987.

Book Marketing and Promotion Manager/Public Education and Publicity Director
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, San Francisco
Planned and directed marketing of books and other copyrighted materials. Coordinated direct mail packaging and marketing, conducted sales analyses, obtained national and international reviews, wrote and produced catalogs, developed and placed ads, and negotiated first serial rights and permissions. Also responsible for planning, budgeting, and implementing all publicity for the Institute, including: writing annual reports; arranging broadcast and print interviews; and coordinating national book and article promotion. Systematized archive files and media database. Supervised assistants. 1983-1985.


Larry Cohen & Susan Swift. "A Public Health Approach to the Violence Epidemic in the United States" published in Environment and Urbanization, Vol. 5 No. 2, October 1993.

Larry Cohen & Susan Swift. "The Spectrum of Prevention: Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Injury Prevention" published in Injury Prevention 1999; 5:203-207.

Community Service/Volunteer Work

Steering Committee, Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project
Tutor, Richmond YMCA
Richmond Progressive Alliance
Former Board Member, Life on the Water Theater
Former Board Member, Oakland Ensemble Theater


Golden Gate University
Graduate Program, Financial Planning, 2004-6

University of California, Santa Barbara
BA Sociology, High Honors, 1977

Certified Mediator (VORP 1995)

Partial Client List

Assemblywoman Dion Aroner
Barrios Unidos
Bay Area Cancer Coalition
California Coalition for the Future of Public Health
California Peace Action
California State PTA
Drug Policy Alliance
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
Education Development Center, Inc.
Familias Unidas
HTPotter Communications LLC
Martin & Glantz LLC
National Campaign Against Youth Violence
Nelson Mandela Visit to Oakland
Oakland Ensemble Theatre
Old Oakland Neighborhood Association
Planet Drum Foundation - Green City
Prevention Institute
Progressive Assets Management
Public Health Institute
San Francisco Bay Guardian
White House Council on Youth Violence (Clinton Administration)

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