07/05/2013 10:41AM ● Published by Style
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When Susan Rohan graduated from college in 1971, a career in politics wasn’t even a possibility.
“In those days, if a woman knew how to type, she ended up in an administrative role,” Rohan recalls, adding with a laugh, “I never wanted to learn how to type.” Rather than join the clerical ranks, Rohan joined a small construction materials business, eventually working her way up into positions of greater responsibility. She went on to work in construction and land management; often, her job entailed sitting in on city council, school board or other local meetings. She soon became fascinated with the inner workings of a city, and after starting her own public affairs consulting firm in 1998, she became even more actively involved in local government.
Since her successful bid for mayor of Roseville in 2010, Rohan has been working hard to bring in revenues and improve the city’s higher education offerings. She also volunteers with Keaton Raphael Memorial (childcancer.org) and sits on the boards of the Salvation Army and Sutter Memorial Hospital, among other charitable activities. Her primary goal is to show how much good can be accomplished if people work together. “I think everybody has something to offer to their neighborhood, to their school district, to their community,” Rohan says. “It’s our duty, and I think the rewards are very great.”
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