Schantz, Susan West

Susan W Schantz


Currently a full-time community volunteer, recently completed a two-year term as president of the Women’s Giving Alliance, an initiative of The Community Foundation in Jacksonville. She moved to the Jacksonville area in late 2004 and was a member of Leadership Jacksonville’s Class of 2009.   Before moving to Jacksonville, Susan served on the faculty of the Antioch University McGregor’s Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution, specializing in group decision-making and public processes. She has been a public policy facilitator in several states, helping communities address issues relating to natural resources, public safety, transportation and education. She also has worked as a researcher and program evaluator on projects for several national and international organizations and began her career in journalism, advertising and public relations.  


Susan received her B. A. from Duke University and her Ph. D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from Ohio State University.


She is a member of the Dean’s Council of the University of North Florida’s College of Arts and Sciences and served on the board of the Jacksonville Film Festival and on the steering committee of Learning to Finish, a public education reform initiative of The Community Foundation. She also is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra, where she is on the outreach committee.  From 2004-08, Susan was a Florida certified mediator, volunteering her services to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and the Fourth District County Court. During that time, she also was a Guardian ad Litem.


She lives in Ponte Vedra with her husband and has two grown sons.