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Susan Hwang

Development officer


Susan Hwang is a former development officer for Marketplace. She showed philanthropists the impact their donations have at Marketplace and was a liaison for folks interested in supporting Marketplace's work, a steward for their contributions and a cheerleader among our biggest fans.

What was your first job?

Hostess at Red Lobster. I was 17.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Not picking favorites among donors. What can I say, some are just lovely.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

You have very little control over what the donor or the organization want to do, but you're somehow responsible on both sides anyway.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Urban farmer.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

A lot of satisfaction if you do good things with it for someone else.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

A garden, ideally with edibles.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

We are more nature than nurture. I used to think the opposite.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Kai interviewing a filmmaker that happens to be my old college boyfriend.


What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

A window with a view of grassy slopes and trees.