Susie Spanos charges ahead with efforts to improve people’s lives


Susie Lucas Spanos with her husband, Dean

Susie Lucas Spanos is a fifth-generation Californian and volunteer extraordinaire. She sits on the governing board of the San Diego Blood Bank and is the driving force behind the San Diego Chargers Blood Drive and Fashion Show.

Spanos is also on the board of Charger Champions and the foundation that together provide financial support to youth, education and health programs.

She was named Woman of the Year by the San Diego Leukemia Society for her efforts to help save lives. She was named a Women of Dedication by the Salvation Army and a Most Valuable Philanthropist.

Spanos has also given years of service to the San Diego Museum of Art and chaired Art Alive, which set a record for attendance one year with 17,000 guests. When she chaired the San Diego Zoo fundraiser, the event’s proceeds also set records.

Spanos has given her time and talents to the boards of San Diego State University, the San Diego Women’s Foundation, and the St. Germaine Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. She has been a trustee at the University of San Diego, on the Parents Council at Wake Forest University, and an advisory member of Las Patronas.

She and her husband, Dean, have two sons, Alexander and John.

What brought you to this area?
When our family got controlling interest of the San Diego Chargers in 1984, we relocated to San Diego.

What makes this area special to you?
What makes the area so special are the great people who live here. They are interesting, intelligent, generous, kind and fun.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you improve?
If I could improve anything in my area it would be the parking and the potholes in the roads.

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by the natural beauty that God has surrounded us with, and by my church, Mary Star of the Sea.

If you hosted a dinner party for seven, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
At the table would be Dr. Frank Luntz, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Paul Farmer. Joshua Foer, Laura Hillenbrand, Dr. Madeline Albright, Dr. Paul Kagame and Dr. Nelson Mandela.

Tell us about what you are reading.
I am reading “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival” by Laura Hillenbrand.

What is your most-prized possession?
My most prized possession is my 10-year-old yellow Lab, Paris.

What do you do for fun?
For fun, I drink and gamble!

Please describe your greatest accomplishment.
My greatest accomplishment is my two sons, A.G. and John.

What is your philosophy of life?
My motto is live and let live, everyone is on their own path, or choose wisely.

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