Susan Ozawa PerezBoard Member
Susan is a Portfolio Manager and the Chief Compliance Officer at Harrington Investments in Napa, California, a large Investment Advisor founded by John Harrington, a pioneer in socially responsible investment (SRI) and a leader in the divestment of Apartheid South Africa movement at the state level. She is a member of Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE-SF) and the Racial Justice Investing network and believes large-scale change is possible with activism paired with shareholder divestment and engagement strategies. Susan is also the Co-Founder and Economic Advisor to the non-profit, Project Binario, advancing social impact and equitable economic development targeting job creation in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting digital entrepreneurs and developing tech ecosystems and countries’ internal economies.
She has spent almost two decades producing economic and financial research and analysis for corporate clients, non-profits, think-tanks and academic institutions. With non-profits she’s worked in policy and corporate advocacy on issues ranging from human, women’s and workers’ rights, to disaster relief, health care, environmental justice, housing affordability and equitable development.
With California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) she contributed quantitative analysis and collaborated with the US Congressional Representative sponsor in the House, to introduce the Inclusive Prosperity Act (establishing a financial transaction tax to fund a progressive spending program including medicare for all) and research for the California Attorney General and the Special Committee of the State Senate on charity care provisions for non-profit hospitals. Her team provided strategic research that led to passage of the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act in California and the introduction of the Safe Patient Care Act in Michigan.
As the Economic Studies Fellow at the Institute for America’s Future in Washington, DC, Susan convened a progressive coalition to draft the proposal of what would become the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, (a $787 billion stimulus plan), brokering constituent considerations to ensure the expenditure promoted environmental and gender concerns. She also helped launch and participated in the coalition that would become Americans for Financial Reform, to create and advance the legislative platform for financial regulation in what became the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Susan has a Ph.D. in Economics and MA in Global Political Economy and Finance from the New School for Social Research, in New York City. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
She is currently based in the San Francisco Bay with her husband and son.