Susan Brennan has over 21 years of experience as a leader in libraries. She has led strategic planning, productivity/efficiency studies and organizational change management initiatives for multiple organizations. Brennan is known for her vision, leadership, problem solving skills and ability to achieve consensus within organizations. She is a skilled manager who is regularly called on for input into hiring decisions, personnel problems and union negotiations for the public sector.
For over 14 years Brennan led the Weston Public Library, regularly ranked among the top performing libraries in Massachusetts. During her tenure she founded the Weston Art and Innovation Center and secured $4.6 million dollars in town funding to renovate an historical building in town to house this new venture. Additionally, she secured $500,000 in town funding to create an archival vault for town records and directed the cataloging of over 3,000 linear feet of unique records.
She has served in multiple leadership positions for library organizations as President and Treasurer of the Minuteman Library Network, President of the Metrowest Regional Library System and Chair, Massachusetts Book Awards.
Prior to her career in libraries Brennan was a senior clinical researcher in neuropsychology at Mclean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliated hospital. While there she developed software for spectroscopy analysis and conducted clinical studies for neurocognitive disorders.
Brennan holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. In her spare time she supports not for profit organizations that promote literacy. Throughout her career she has generously given her energies to mentoring students and young professionals.
Since joining GOVHR in 2018, Brennan has participated in over 26 studies, focusing on libraries.