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Susan West

education
  • BA, Psychology, Reed College
  • JD, University of Michigan

Susan West moved to San Juan Island in 2018 largely so her daughter, Marina, could attend Spring Street. Marina is a junior and thriving at school, and both are loving their life on the island. Susan practices immigration law remotely, for a boutique law firm in San Antonio, Texas; most of her clients are Ismaili Muslims facing religious persecution and problematic human rights conditions in Pakistan and India. She was raised by artists, living in a historic farmhouse in northern Indiana, and moved west as soon as she was able to, heading to Portland for college. Between college and law school, she studied the genetics of migratory seabirds at UCLA and as a Fulbright Fellow in Iceland. Susan’s passions include international travel and sailing, ideally at the same time. She also serves on the boards of Canoe Island French Camp and the San Juan Sailing Foundation and is the Coordinator for the SJI Women’s Fund. Susan is the vice-chair of the Spring Street board. She encourages all who believe in the value of humanistic education, international understanding, and ecological balance to contribute to Spring Street’s soon-to-be established endowment, held at the SJI Community Foundation.