Chief Executive Officer
Susan Tachau, a founding member of PATF’s Board of Directors, was appointed Executive Director, and now Chief Executive Officer, of PATF in 2003. Susan is passionate about expanding financing opportunities for people with disabilities in order to access assistive technology. A proven leader and program developer, Susan is responsible for the overall management, advocacy efforts and fundraising activities of PATF.
Susan and her colleague, Tracy Beck, are the primary authors of Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management, the first comprehensive financial education book that’s geared to individuals with disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood. Susan is also the project director of PATF’s generic smart home technology project, a project funded by PA’s Developmental Disabilities Council.
Susan serves on a several Boards of Directors and advisory committees, including as Chair of the Disability Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Coalition and Director for the National Disability Institute. She is chair of the Technology Subcommittee of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and she serves as a member of the Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council. Susan is also a member of the Board of Directors for HomeWorks, a micro-board that supports individuals with disabilities who are living independently in Montgomery County.
Susan is married and the mother of three adult children, two of whom have disabilities. She has a B.A. from Colorado College, a M.A. from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Colorado College.