The Saint Paul Fire Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Susan O'Neil as our new Executive Director. Susan has an extensive history in the non profit sector both in Saint Paul and greater Minnesota. She will be replacing the founder of the SPFF, Steve Shapira who has served as interim Executive Director for the past 6 months. Welcome aboard Susan!
Susan O’Neil has worked in the not-for-profit arena for most of her career, most recently as Campaign Director for United Way in Duluth. In addition, she worked at Hazelden, Be the Match, and Lifetrack. She was the Director for Arts, Non-profits, and Technology in the Executive Branch Office of Technology for Governor Carlson.
She has been active on boards in the Twin Cities including McNally-Smith College, Ramsey County Library Foundation, Bach Society of Minnesota, Twin Cities Opera Guild, and the Metropolitan Opera District and Regional Auditions where she acted as the director.
Music has always been a passion for Susan. She was the cantor at Maternity of Mary Catholic Church in St. Paul for more than 20 years. She performed with the Bach Society Chorale, the Edina Chorale, and as a jazz singer at local clubs performing with Jon DeVaal.
Her two daughters are graduates of St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Kate, is a Registered Nurse and Eleanor is a Social Worker. She enjoys gardening, music and her large extended family.