Senior Director of Finance and Human Resources
Ms. Cooper is responsible for accounting and financial operations, budgeting, personnel and payroll administration, and facilities and equipment planning and management. She serves as liaison between AMI and USC. She assists the Director and Program Managers in the management of AMI projects. Her duties are to ensure that AMI-USC is in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations at the federal, state, and university levels. Susan administers internal financial policies and procedures, in addition to coordinating and aligning AMI-USC’s policies with university policies.
Susan began her career at the University of Southern California in 1978. She has worked in several departments: administrative, academic, and research at USC, including University Payroll Services, Thornton School of Music, Rossier School of Education, and the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in the Keck School of Medicine prior to joining AMI-USC in February 2000.
Ms. Cooper graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach. Susan has completed certificate courses from USC’s Professional Development Program in Management, Human Resource Management, SHRM PHR/SPHR Certificate Preparation Course, and Coaching Tools Certification from the International Coach Federation. In addition, she has certificates in The Personalysis Facilitator Process: Facilitator Foundation Program, Teambuilding Program, and Addressing Negative Behaviors Program, Personalysis Corporation. Susan received a Master of Dispute Resolution Degree from the USC Gould School of Law in May 2019.
Ms. Cooper may be contacted at susan.cooper AT usc DOT edu.