Co-Founder, President of Michael Stars, Activist, Advocate for Gender Equality

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“I support grassroots organizations that provide economic opportunities for women, as well as help change the constructs of power to enable gender equality. I look for organizations that are led by innovators that are working within their local communities and beyond. These organizations are very similar to lean startup companies that have identified an urgent problem and are led by collaborative, resourceful leaders. Typically in their early stages, they don't have access to big, traditional type NGO funding.”

See below to learn more about some of the organizations Suzanne supports.

Ms. Foundation for Women Gala

Ms. Foundation for Women Gala

Woman and girls are not just our customers. They are our daughters, sisters, mother and aunts. They are our emotional and economic backbone.

Ms. Foundation

Co-founded by activist Gloria Steinem in 1973, the Ms. Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to building women’s collective power for social, economic, and reproductive justice. Suzanne has been supporting the organization since her early days of reading Ms. Magazine, and was honored with their ‘Women of Vision’ award in 2015. She also serves on their board.

ERA Coalition

The ERA Coalition supports and helps lead the movement for the passage of an equal rights amendment through public education and messaging campaigns.



Founded in 1923, the ACLU was created to defend human rights and extend them to people who have been excluded from their protection. Suzanne has served on the board of ACLU Southern California since 2006.


A Call to Men

A CALL TO MEN educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood.  Embracing and promoting a healthy, respectful manhood prevents violence against women, sexual assault and harassment, bullying and many other social ills.



Prosperity Catalyst incubates and launches women-led businesses in distressed regions, creating opportunities for women to achieve economic empowerment. Suzanne currently serves as an advisory board member.

Children Mending Hearts

CMH is dedicated to empowering disadvantaged youth through educational and arts programs that build empathy and global citizenry. Studies show that arts programs that CMH provides level the educational playing field for children. Children are more likely to attend and excel at school. In addition, CMH directly engages the youth of America in global causes where they can realize their potential to effect positive change.