Susan Kokores, born and raised in the City of San Mateo, is both a native and current resident of San Mateo County. She resides in Menlo Park with her husband Roger, having raised two adult daughters. She retired from her position as Executive Director of WANDA, a non-profit she co-founded over 12 years ago, that enables low income single mothers living or working in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to gain financial stability and career and life success. Previously, she was the Major Gifts Director of United Way Silicon Valley, and the Development Director of Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Palo Alto. In her early career years, she was an RN with positions at Stanford Hospital, public health and home health organizations. She also co-ran a small business for over ten years providing educational programs for employees of local corporations. She previously worked for the Senior Center of Palo Alto (now Avenidas).
Susan attended University of California, Berkeley, graduating from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing and eventually from San Jose State University with a Masters in Public Administration. She has always been active in the community including as a member of a local committee that successfully campaigned for a parcel tax benefiting Los Lomitas School District and was a Trustee of Castilleja School in Palo Alto. She enjoys many hobbies including tennis, reading, traveling and spending time in the local San Mateo County Parks and Preserves.