Susan Ross, Co-Founder and Partner
Susan Ross launched moss+ross in 2009 following a successful fundraising career with Duke University, and she and partner Mary Moss have guided its growth to a $1.5M firm with more than 20 associates. She specializes in campaign management, feasibility studies, strategic planning, executive coaching, and board training.
Susan spent nearly three decades as a senior fundraiser at Duke University, leading teams responsible for well over $500 million during her professional career. As Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid Development, she led a university-wide staff and volunteer team that raised $308 million for scholarship endowments. Previously she served as Associate Athletics Director, Associate Dean in Arts and Sciences and Director of the Annual Fund. Susan’s work at Duke won three CASE awards and she was a regular presenter at national fundraising conferences.
Susan has been active in the nonprofit community for decades. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and is on the Durham Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board. She is a Past-President of the Durham Rotary Club, the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties, and the Orange-Durham Coalition for Battered Women. She has been Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7710, a board member of the Fifty Group, and held numerous leadership roles at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church.
A Durham native, Susan received a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina in 1977, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Susan is married to Duke fundraiser Tom Hadzor and together they have six children, ages 29-39, and four grandchildren. In a non-pandemic world, the Ross-Hadzor family loves college sports, tennis, golf, traveling and great food.
Fun fact: Next trip to Nashville, Susan recommends you try newly reopened Biscuit Love and ‘Za restaurants, which are owned and operated by four members of the Ross-Hadzor family.