Susan Steele has helped guide Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation to prominence as a leader in early childhood development throughout the state of Colorado as its executive director. She serves on the Management Team for the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program at the University of Denver and as a member of the Executive Committee of Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC). Steele received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado and began her career as a middle school math teacher. After several years of teaching, she served in management and accounting positions for several family-owned businesses in Denver. Steele serves as secretary of the Colorado Association of Funders and coordinates the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. She regularly gives informal presentations and consultations on the topics of early childhood and finance.