Susan L. Barnes

Office of the City Manager
East Palo Alto, CA

SUSAN L. BARNES is an economic development and public policy professional with more than 20 years of experience working in Silicon Valley-based cities. She has extensive experience formulating economic development strategy and public policy, as well as facilitating community engagement and outreach. Susan has operated her own consulting business since 2010 and has worked with Contra Costa Water District, Santa Cruz County, Downtown San Mateo Association, the cities of Pacifica, Rohnert Park, Crescent City, and Skyline College. Previously, she worked as manager of economic development and redevelopment for the City of Palo Alto, a role she held for 12 years. Susan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UC Berkeley.



East Palo Alto is working to ease traffic congestion, which is negatively impacting residents’ health and quality of life. FUSE executive fellow Susan Barnes will oversee the development and completion of the plan, and ensure that local government and community stakeholders are engaged in the process. She will recommend cost-effective ways for putting the plan into action, ultimately improving traffic conditions for residents. Read more