About Suzie Swartz
Suzie Swartz, past SVUSD Board President and current trustee, is a strong advocate for our children and our schools. Throughout her tenure, Suzie has worked tirelessly to provide the classroom support needed to continually raise student achievement and to provide safe, nurturing, state-of-the-art learning environments. She always puts students first and votes to direct resources where they have the greatest benefit for kids.
In her role as a public servant, Suzie seeks to attract and retain the finest teachers and administrators. She understands the importance of the Basics - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic - along with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Arts Education and Athletics. Suzie continually works to secure resources to enhance these programs and keep them thriving.
A powerful voice for our schools on the local, state and federal levels, Suzie represents SVUSD on the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly, and serves as Legislative Chair on the Orange County School Boards Association Board of Directors where she has been elected by her peers to three terms as President. She also represents SVUSD on the Coastline ROP Board and serves on Saddleback Memorial Hospital's Community Benefits Oversight Committee. Suzie has also led the Orange County Education Coalition where she brought administrators, teachers, classified staff, parents and board members together to advocate for our public schools.
In 2009, School Board Members countywide recognized Suzie's leadership and service to public schools with the prestigious Marian Bergeson Award. She has also been honored with the Phi Delta Kappa Citizen of the Year Award for her years of community service to our public schools, as well as receiving numerous Recognition Awards for service to SVUSD from the Saddleback Valley Management Association prior to being elected to the school board.
Suzie served several terms as PTA President for Del Cerro Elementary and on the Executive PTA Boards for Del Cerro and Saddleback Valley PTA Council where she developed and led a district-wide "Turn Off the Tube Week." She has also served on various music, athletic and Model United Nations Parent Booster Boards at secondary schools as well as on education committees at the district, county and state levels. Suzie continues to support PTA and is a proud, paid member of all SVUSD school PTAs.
As a School Board member and a public relations consultant, Suzie Swartz knows how to build consensus among various partners to create positive results. She is known for her integrity and her focus on Students First. Suzie has a reputation for being a Servant Leader - an accessible and considerate listener who stays well informed, weighs issues thoroughly, looks at the big picture and offers reasoned, thoughtful responses. She understands the importance of Servant Leadership to foster and support an environment that values high expectations, encourages parent involvement, promotes accessibility of teachers, administrators and school board members, and emphasizes service and mutual respect.
A UCLA Graduate with a Masters in Governance Certificate from the California School Boards Association, Suzie works with her husband in public relations. Her sons are SVUSD graduates and college graduates; one is now a Senior Producer at NFL Media and the other is a Digital Media Entertainment Attorney in Los Angeles.