SUSANNE

BANKHEAD

VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT AFFAIRS

Susanne has spent more than 15 years excelling in community engagement and has served at the helm of several complex, high-stakes projects like the Mid-Coast Trolley Project, the Terramar Area Coastal Improvement Project, the Ocean Street Beach Access Project and the Plaza de Panama Project. 

 

Today, she uses that expertise at JPW Communications to lead community engagement and strategic planning efforts for a variety of clients. She believes every engagement is an opportunity to build trust and enjoys finding ways to boost public participation. 

Recognized as an industry leader, Susanne has garnered dozens of awards for her work while earning the utmost respect from her peers for successfully collaborating with community groups, elected officials and other stakeholders throughout the region. 

Prior to joining JPW, Susanne served as the community relations manager for the City of Carlsbad, where she managed day-to-day operations for a 12-person team dedicated to keeping internal and external audiences informed about city issues, services and projects. Before that, she worked for two local public affairs firms developing and executing communication and outreach programs.  

​Susanne holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports management from Arkansas State University, where she competed as a Division I volleyball player. She earned a master of arts in kinesiology with an emphasis in sports management from California State University at Long Beach.  

Susanne is an active member of the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), San Diego Chapter and Toastmasters.

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