Susan DeVenny leads the Foundation’s day-to-day vision and operations together with the board, community advisors, and staff. Susan brings over 30 years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sector, most recently serving as the state director for SC First Steps to School Readiness, South Carolina’s early childhood agency. She has served on numerous national, state and local boards, was elected as Secretary of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2009, and currently serves on the Waterford Institute Advisory Board, the Southeastern Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee, Winthrop University’s Graduate School Advisory Board, and the SC ETV Advisory Board. She serves as a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum Charlotte Region and as a Fellow with The Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative at Furman University. Susan holds degrees from Furman University and the University of Georgia, and has lived in Lancaster with her family since 1988.

Susan DeVenny

President & CEO


We envision the communities we serve as places where all people join together to build on community assets for current and future generations, and where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 


800 N White St.

Lancaster, SC 29720

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 818

Lancaster, SC 29721

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