Susan Zelman brings to Malta House over 15 years of experience in community engagement and volunteer management. She first became involved in non-profit work as a very active volunteer in her children’s schools, serving on PTO Boards, supporting fundraising and enrichment events, organizing classroom volunteers, and leading community engagement efforts and publicity. She then worked for a non-profit organization managing their food pantries and emergency assistance programs overseeing a network of over 4,000 volunteers.
Before joining Malta House, Susan was responsible for a portfolio of over 75 private foundations, supporting the administration of their philanthropic activities. Professionally and personally, she is a strong believer in engaging the community and volunteers in meaningful work and believes her strength lies in her “matchmaking” skills. Susan is passionate about bringing together people who want help with people who need help.
Susan lives in Norwalk with her husband, two boys (now young men), and her feisty rescue beagle, Henry. Susan enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring new cities and places, and taking long walks with Henry. She loves to create things, especially in the kitchen, baking, or using power tools to re-purpose wood and other found objects into something fun or functional.