Susan Rolston has 30 years’ experience leading high-performing organizations in public education and the nonprofit sector. For over a decade, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County. Under her leadership, the organization expanded its donor base, increased its budget through diversified revenues, and ultimately improved the lives of 300% more children. After leading a highly successful merger with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, she retired in 2014. She currently conducts affiliate program audits for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Prior to her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mrs. Rolston administered the Pinellas County Schools’ community involvement and school-based volunteer programs. She implemented the school district’s first Corporate Volunteer Program, which resulted in 65 corporations and 2,000 employees volunteering in area schools as tutors and mentors.
A longtime Pinellas resident, Mrs. Rolston has served in numerous public service and volunteer capacities. In 2015, she was appointed to the Juvenile Welfare Board by Governor Rick Scott and currently serves as Board Chair. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and United Way Suncoast’s Community Impact Committee.
She is a 1998 Leadership Pinellas graduate and has completed terms of service on the Boards of Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Pinellas County Urban League’s Education Committee, and Florida Association Partners in Education.