Susan Rose most recently served two terms as a member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. Susan has thirty years of experience in the public sector, education, community service, and business. She has held management positions in city and county government, directed a local non-profit, and served as a Commissioner for the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, California's civil rights agency.
Susan was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee and currently serves on the Board of California Women Lead (CWL), an organization dedicated to helping women achieve elected and appointive office. She also serves on the California Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land and the Santa Barbara Advisory Boards of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Human Rights Watch.
The California State Legislature has honored Susan for her activities on behalf of women. She has been recognized by the Santa Barbara County Human Relations Commission for her work to improve community relations, by the Wetlands Recovery Project for her regional leadership on behalf of the environment, and by the Central Coast Commission for seniors as the Public Official of the Year. In 2005, the Santa Barbara County Democratic Women recognized Susan as the Democratic Woman of the year. In 2006, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission honored her with their annual Leadership in the Arts Award.
Susan received her BA from Connecticut College and holds two Masters degrees, an MS in American History from Southern Connecticut State College and an MPA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is a graduate of the Coro Foundation Public Training Program and most recently of the Women in Power program at the JFK School of Public Policy at Harvard University.
Susan is married to attorney Allan Ghitterman. She has five children and eight grandchildren and has been a Santa Barbara resident since 1978.