Volunteer Fairfax is committed to building capacity in the community. As part of this commitment, members of Volunteer Fairfax’s diverse staff are available to come speak to organizations, schools, community groups and corporations on a variety of topics.
Previous topics have included volunteerism, the importance of cultural relativity, how to plan for and prepare for an emergency situation, volunteer management, volunteerism and employability, board development, project scoping and many more.
To request a speaker, download the Speaker Request Form and complete all the fields. Then fax the form to 703-246-4662 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A staff member will contact you as soon as possible.
Susan Sanow, Special Projects Manager
Susan leads Volunteer Fairfax's BoardLink Northern Virginia Program (matching people to board and boards to people) and serves as the Project Manager for Connect Northern Virginia (www.connectnorthernvirginia.org), an online portal focused on community issues of interest to nonprofits, government, academia and businesses in the Northern Virginia region. Susan offers training to increase the education and effectiveness of area nonprofit boards of directors.
Susan spent 21 years at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement where she had a wide array of responsibilities including membership, communications and nonprofit outreach and education. She founded The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman EXCEL Nonprofit Leadership Award. She is the author of numerous magazine and newsletter articles on nonprofit management and is co-author of Winning Ways: Great Nonprofit Management Ideas from the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management (2001).
Susan is a member of BoardSource, Leadership Fairfax (Class of 2007) and is a reviewer for the Catalog for Philanthropy .
Susan holds a B.S. in Consumer-Community Services from Michigan State University.
Emily Swenson, Chief Operating Officer
Emily Swenson, a native of the Northern Virginia area, is the Chief Operating Officerfor Volunteer Fairfax. As the Chief Operating Officer, Emily has a wide range of responsibilities from client and project management including business development, framing of key approaches, high-quality client delivery to administration of information technology, reporting, facilities, and directing human capital. Emily works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Board to chart Volunteer Fairfax’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services.
Her now sixteen year career began at the center as an intern. Emily’s early work at Volunteer Fairfax included managing the Volunteers for Change program and the development of the Businesslink corporate volunteer program. She continues to guide staff in providing opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in service; most recently this has included the development of Give Together a family volunteer day.
Emily continues to stay involved in the community and enjoyed serving as a past president of the Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration. Having trained extensively with the Points of Light Foundation/Hands on Network and Prudential Youth Leadership Institute curriculums, she saw a need to create a condensed version of this material and thus created the Volunteer Management Boot camp. She is a Leadership Fairfax Alumni (Class of 2012).
She holds a degree in Public Administration from James Madison University. In her personal time she enjoys engaging her children in volunteering in their community.