Name: Susan Mackenzie
Member since: 2007
Retired Bank Executive with 30 years of experience in audit, risk management and governance. Previous work experience in Australia includes ANZ Bank Group, ME Bank, BOQ Bank and PWC. Worked tirelessly through the GFC to minimise the impact to the Australian borrower and the broader Australian economy. Named first Chief Risk Officer for a banking organisation. Served as Chair for the Risk Management Association roundtable for Mortgage Providers. Also served as the Chair for the Risk Management Association for Financial Services Providers Operational Risk Management Forum.
Describe your volunteer work with DA and cite your greatest DA accomplishment.
To date I have mainly focused my involvement sonically.
Why are you running for this office?
Having been a proud expat living in Australia, I feel (as most expats do) that we are in a privileged position to both be a part of and observe what is taking place at home. As an expat, I am fortunate to live in a country whose form of government is slightly different from ours, but very much a democracy. I have seen a government that acts with consideration and compassion, something that has been missing in many of our elected officials. I am running for the opportunity to proudly represent the voice of those Americans who live outside the US, but are very much part of the American story.
How will your skill sets and experience contribute to DA’s success?
The discipline for a long career in banking and governance roles will assist the organisation to remain focused and deliver value to its members.
Should you be elected, are there any DA organizational or practical issues (not political goals) that you would like to address?
To continue to strengthen the relationship between the national and local chapters.
How can Democrats Abroad best raise our profile among American voters abroad and better work to elect Democrats?
The best way to answer that is to look to our members and see what is of concern to them. Getting the message out to get out and vote is of paramount importance, but focusing some effort on regional issues is important.