Susan Gibel Memorial Page

In Loving Memory

Susan Gibel

June 3, 1958 – October 18, 2019


With great sadness, the staff of the Center for Effective Public Policy shares news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Susan Gibel.

Susan hailed from Arizona and is survived by her mother Barbara, her sister Janet, and her brother-in-law Bill. Susan held a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Arizona and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School. Susan’s life work was marked by advocacy. In her earliest professional years, she served victims of domestic violence, particularly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons. Susan joined the Center in 1998 to promote national change around violence against women. Over time, Susan came to play a lead role on the Center’s Executive Team. As the Center’s Chief Operating Officer, she helped to guide the organization for nearly twenty years with strategic vision and unwavering integrity.

There are no words that will sufficiently describe this loss. Susan was a giant of a person: incredibly smart, wildly funny, ferociously principled, always optimistic, and a fearless fighter. She was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia in 2013. Although she underwent multiple, ongoing treatments over six years, she never stopped fighting, never stopped finding humor (or irony) in life’s journey, and continued to embrace life with zest. She donated much of her spare time to organizations supporting civil and human rights. She followed politics with a passion. Even in some of her most difficult moments, she worked phone lines to encourage people to exercise their right to vote. She was an avid fan of Adam Lambert (Susan spent one summer traveling the country to attend multiple concerts); adored traveling and especially Paris; could binge-watch Netflix like nobody’s business; was a true devotee of Hamilton; and found great joy in chocolate, coffee, and snowfalls. Without a doubt, her greatest joy on this earth came from her cat, Joey. He will join us in missing a life stolen, abruptly and unfairly, much too soon.

Those wishing to remember Susan may do so in several ways:

1. American Cancer Society
2. Humane Rescue Alliance
3. The Susan Gibel Activist Award

The Susan Gibel Activist Award

The Center announces the launch of The Susan Gibel Activist Award. Each year, the Center will make a contribution to an organization whose mission aligns with Susan’s faith in democratic values and commitment to lift up the voices of marginalized persons. Your contribution will strengthen the Center’s annual gift-giving program.