Susan Hutchison (born March 24, 1954) is a former television news anchor for KIRO-TV (CBS) in Seattle, Washington, where she received five Emmy awards for producing, writing, and reporting news and documentaries. Hutchison is the Executive Director of the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, a philanthropic foundation based in Seattle that provides grants to the arts, science and education programs. She has served the Puget Sound region as a trusted broadcaster and as a community activist for more than 25 years. Susan Hutchison is married to her husband Andy, a Boeing executive and retired Marine Corps Reserve Colonel, and they live in Seattle where their two sons have grown up attending public schools.
Leadership and volunteer work
Susan Hutchison is the Executive Director of the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, where she has directed operations of the $100 million international foundation since 2003. The foundation's local partners include the Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, Bellevue Arts Museum, Medical Teams International, Issaquah Village Theater, Seattle Opera, and Seattle Children's Hospital. Hutchison volunteers on the boards of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C., Seattle Art Museum, and Young Life International and recently served as chair of the Seattle Symphony. She has been on the boards of Seattle Children's Hospital, and the Salvation Army and has been a spokesperson for American Leprosy Mission, Job Corps, and March of Dimes. She is also a former union member, and has said she is not afraid to work with the unions and seek to open their contracts.
In 2005, Hutchison served on the King County Elections Task Force after being appointed by King County Executive Ron Sims. There, she and other civic leaders collaborated in advocating ten critical reforms in the way King County conducts elections.
In 2008, she joined both Democrat Booth Gardner and Republican Dan Evans in successfully advocating for the initiative to make King County offices nonpartisan. After a long career in the private sector, and as a leader for some of the region's most effective nonprofit organizations, Susan Hutchison is a political outsider to Seattle county government with conservative ideas of how to tackle Seattle's current budget problems.
In April, 2009, Susan Hutchison emphasized the need for fresh ideas in county government:
|“||With hundreds of millions in projected deficits and critical services on the chopping block, our county's financial house is in disorder. We need a new direction in King County, with new leadership that does not believe the answer to every problem is a new fee or a higher tax.||”|
The alliance chairman and vice president at Kemper Development, Jim Hill, mentioned this about Hutchison in the Seattle Times newspaper:
|“||When you look at her priorities, her desire to work on creating job and economic growth, her talk about standing up for small business, it seemed to be in stark contrast to what we've seen out of King County and the leadership, or perhaps lack thereof out of Dow Constantine.||”|
- Susan's Bio, SusanHutchison.com
- Susan Hutchison to Run for King County Executive, Entrepreneur.com, PRNewswire, April 8, 2009.
- The Times recommends Susan Hutchison for King County executive, The Seattle Times, October 16, 2009.
- Eastside Business Alliance endorses Hutchison in executive race, The Seattle Times, September 25, 2009.