Susan Gray
Board President



How long have you been with the Sacramento SPCA Board?
I started volunteering at the SSPCA about 10 years ago, and I joined the board in May 2015.

Where do you live?
I’ve lived in Davis since about 1978.

Tell us a little about your day, what do you do, what have you done?
I retired from Bank of America in 2016 after a 38-year career managing a corporate employee relations function focused on labor relations, and discrimination policies/practices and responses to federal/state complaints. Additionally, I taught personnel management to foreign nationals in China & Europe. My office was officially in Charlotte, NC., so I traveled a lot from coast to coast. My expertise is operations and personnel management.

Are you currently participating in any other organizations or associations?
Almost all of my volunteer time is dedicated to the SSPCA. Currently I work in the vaccination clinic on Wednesdays and adoptions on Thursdays. Prior to COVID, I was occasionally making Love on Loan visits and helping wherever needed with special events. Additionally, I work with the UCD Vet School, overseeing three veterinary scholarships as part of the LeMaitre Trust. On a professional level, I continue to do some consulting work.

Any past affiliations you would like to share?
I was on the Inroads Board of Directors for about 5 years and served as a mentor to students at the Wharton Business School.

What unique talents and skills do you bring to the SSPCA board?
From my professional work experience I bring operations, financial, and personnel management expertise. Personally, I would like to believe that I bring passion and forward thinking to our Board. I am all about establishing measurable objectives, and then achieving them.

We would love to hear about your family, starting with your pets…
I adopted SSPCA alumnus Ella (kitten-what was I thinking?) in December 2020. Prior to Ella’s arrival, I adopted SSPCA alumnus Sophie, who passed away in October 2020. Prior to Sophie in 2011 I adopted SSPCA alum Brody, an eight-year-old Pointer (another-what was I thinking?). I have an older brother, two wonderful Godsons (Carlo & Dominic), and a new God Granddaughter, Isobel, born two weeks ago.

Finally, what excites you about being part of the SSPCA board of directors?
What excites me overall, is the opportunity to work with my Board colleagues and SSPCA staff whom all share a passion for helping animals and making a difference, e.g. the new hospital, PawPantry, vaccination clinic and helping animals transition to a new life, etc… We’re a team! Additionally, I am excited about the opportunities to learn from Kenn, whom I consider a visionary.