Susan Bean, Housing & Transportation Director
As the Housing & Transportation Director for MountainTrue, Susan analyzes and informs our policy priorities for housing and transportation projects across our geographic footprint. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Susan earned her B.A. in Religion from Davidson College, despite spending the majority of her time there running outdoor adventure trips with the Davidson Outdoors program. Following her passion for outdoor education, she next traveled out west to work for the National Outdoor Leadership School leading whitewater paddling trips in Utah, Colorado and Idaho. She returned to the Southeast to earn her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she continued training wilderness trip leaders as a graduate assistant for the university’s outdoor program.
In 2011 Susan moved to Asheville and applied her program and leadership development skills as the program director for Leadership Asheville for four years before joining MountainTrue as our Community Engagement Director. After 7 years in that role, she transitioned to working within our Healthy Communities program focusing on housing and transportation issues. She is actively involved in the community serving as a member of CoThinkk and volunteering as a facilitator with the Building Bridges program in Asheville. In her free time, she loves hiking with her dogs Mossy and Walnut, road biking, and gardening.