Human Resources Manager
University of San Francisco, MA
Valparaiso University, BA
email: susan.adams [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 636-2455
Susan Adams joined us in 2018 as our first Human Resources Manager, and she has quickly become an invaluable support for our staffulty community. In addition to developing and implementing employee programs and procedures, she administers benefits, manages hiring, provides training, and helps to build fun into our work culture.
Perhaps Susan was destined for this career: her first job was working after school in the HR department at the local hospital when she was 16, back in Ohio. She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in International Economics and Cultural Affairs from Valparaiso University, as well as a Master's Degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. Since then, she has worked in a variety of non-profit and corporate environments, and she also teaches in the evening as an adjunct faculty member for the MBA and HR Certificate programs at Sonoma State University.
Susan was drawn to Sonoma Academy because of the strong culture of innovation, collaboration, and trust. “We have such interesting and talented students and staffulty, and they are also wonderful human beings!” she says. “I love catching up with my co-workers at the morning coffee pot, and I also really enjoy absorbing all of the great student energy in the Commons at lunchtime.”
While her days revolve around promoting a harmonious work environment, Susan supports another kind of harmony in her free time. She is deeply involved in supporting music education in Sonoma County as a board member of the Santa Rosa Symphony. “Music provided me with many wonderful opportunities when I was younger,” she says. “I am passionate about giving back so others can explore this path... and I just love going to live concerts—all music genres!”
She is also passionate about being outdoors: hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, camping, and wood-fired oven cooking. “And of course, much of my time involves trying to keep up with our two teenage sons,” she says. “At least one of them is now a student here at SA!”