Susan J. Rainey


Dr. Susan Rainey has been involved in public education for over 40 years as a high school teacher, high school principal, assistant superintendent for personnel, and superintendent in Charter Oak Unified School District and Riverside Unified School District.  She retired from Riverside Unified in 2008.

Dr. Rainey earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Redlands, and her Ed.D. from the University of Southern California. The University of Redlands has honored her as an Outstanding Alumnus in Career Achievement.

In addition to the positions Dr. Rainey has held in school districts, she has served as an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona and California Baptist University (CBU). CBU presented an honorary doctorate degree to her in 2004. Dr. Rainey was very active in professional organizations, including serving as the inaugural President of ACSA Region XIX.  She was President of the California City School Superintendents and was awarded the Robert F. Alioto Leadership Award from the California School Leadership Academy.

Involvement in the community has always been a high priority for Dr. Rainey.  She served as President of the Riverside Library Foundation, and chaired the successful Measure I campaign to renew the library parcel tax. She is a member of the Riverside County Philharmonic Board, the UCR Highlander Athletic Association, and is active in the Riverside Rotary Club, having served as president. Dr. Rainey is also a docent at the Mission Inn. The YWCA has twice honored her as a Woman of Achievement – in 1996 in Covina, and most recently in Riverside in 2012.

Dr. Rainey currently serves as President/CEO of United Way of the Inland Valleys. In March she was sworn in as a Commissioner for the Riverside County Children & Families Commission (FIRST 5) for a three year term.

She is a widow, with a grown son, daughter-in-law, and a precious granddaughter currently living in Riverside.

Susan J. Rainey