Susan Fakharzadeh is Senior Manager, Community Relations for PDC Energy; in this role she drives the company’s outreach, sustainability, and local government programs in conjunction with support from her team and departments across the company.
An influential leader in the community, Susan has spent the last eight years of her career dedicated to outreach, education, political engagement and policy work in the oil and gas industry. Spanning multiple roles across two different organizations, she has gained a depth of experience within major oil and gas operating areas across the country, including the Wattenberg (CO), Delaware (TX), and Utica (OH) basins and many others across the intermountain West.
Her tailored grassroots outreach programs and strategic engagement initiatives have influenced policies at all levels of government. By working closely with town councils, county commissions, and state and national leadership to educate stakeholders about energy policy, communities and leaders have influenced critical programs and impacted decisions around operating practices as well as environmental stewardship.
Her work and leadership has earned both her and PDC recognition for their positive impact in the communities in which they operate. Their outreach efforts have encompassed school funding programs, strategic development initiatives, and thousands of hours of volunteer time in mobilizing the workforce to support these efforts.
In 2017, PDC Energy was recognized by COGA as the recipient of the inaugural “Large Company Community Impact Award”; later that same year, Susan was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s Top 40 Women in Energy. In 2018, Susan was recognized by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of Colorado’s top 25 most powerful women.
Susan serves on multiple boards, including the advisory board of Western Energy Alliance, board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County, the Boys and Girls Club Colorado Alliance, and the Denver advisory board for Kirkpatrick Bank. She is a committed leader and active member of multiple committees for industry associations, community organizations and other workgroups.
A native of Idaho, she studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy. Susan lives in Denver with her husband, Brian, and their dog Penny.