member Susan Redfield has been instrumental in setting up
Assistance League of Long Beachís endowment program.
We have been fortunate to have her advice, since most of
her career has been helping non-profits establish their
She strongly believes in the importance of an endowment to
ensure that funds will always be available to carry out an
And, she practices what she preaches.
Along with her college and church, Assistance League of
Long Beach is a beneficiary of her trust.
She says, ďThese are the organizations that have made a
big difference in my life, and I would like to give back to them
so they can make a difference in someone elseís life.Ē
involved with organizations that make a difference in peopleís
lives is second nature to Susan.
Besides CAMEO, she is on the Board of the Library
Foundation and this year chaired Long Beach Reads One Book.
Susan credits her mother for her own commitment to
Through her motherís example, she learned the importance of
Although her family wasnít well-off, Susanís mother was able to
organize various activities for children in her community.
Susan fondly remembers a winter ice-skating program and
synchronized swimming in the summer.
Volunteering her time and ideas to improve the community
was something her mother strongly believed in.
interest in working to better the community led her to earn a
masterís degree in social work. She then went to law school, but
a brief foray into insurance litigation confirmed that her
interests lay elsewhere.
Instead, she began to use her legal expertise in the
field of development, working first for the Illinois Institute
of Technology, then a hospital, and finally the Lincoln Park Zoo
in Chicago. In
Southern California, she has been affiliated with the Long Beach
Aquarium, the Los Angeles Zoo, and USC.
She had not
been living in Long Beach for more than a week before a chance
meeting with Peggy Reep at Crescendo led to her involvement with
Assistance League of Long Beach.
Peggy invited Susan to tea and introduced her to five or
six CAMEO members, and Susan became a member in 1998.
Now semi-retired, she consults with non-profits needing
assistance with their development programs.