Susan Ridge is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Save the Children, where she manages the agency’s brand and marketing services, media relations, content strategy, website and other online properties, new media and digital marketing. Susan is responsible for telling the Save the Children story to both broad and targeted audiences and for keeping the agency’s work for children at the forefront wherever and whenever the conversation is happening.
Previously, Ridge was Vice President of Communications at the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's leading small business association, in Washington, DC from 2001-2010. At NFIB, she oversaw all external and internal communications, which included responsibility for the media and marketing departments. She successfully transformed NFIB's online presence, building a stronger, more engaged online community. She also was executive director of the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation where she helped raise awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship and small business to the nation’s youth.
Ridge joined NFIB in September 2001 after 15 years at Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations agency, serving as a senior counselor to several of the agency's largest clients. While working in their London, New York and Washington offices, she managed public affairs and media campaigns for a diverse group of corporate clients including Accenture, Shell Oil, 3Com, among others, as well as a number of trade association and non-profit organizations.
A native of Ohio, Ridge also was a press aide to former U.S. Rep. John Kasich, Ohio-12th Dist., and the Ohio State Senate. She is a graduate of Ohio University and serves as a Senior Policy Fellow at OU's George Voinovich Center for Public Affairs and Leadership. An animal lover, Ridge serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Washington Animal Rescue League.
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