Susan Dawson

P-12, Higher Ed

  • College access and admission
  • College completion
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • English language learners
  • Middle schools
  • STEM education
  • Transition to adulthood

Susan Dawson is a Texas entrepreneur, business and civic leader. She founded and leads the E3 Alliance: Education Equals Economics, a regional collaborative to increase economic outcomes by aligning education systems to fulfill the potential of every student. E3 Alliance has been recognized across the country for its ground-breaking work in systemic change for education. Dawson has led multiple technology firms and served as chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Her many awards include the Leadership Austin Polly Scallorn Award for lifetime achievement in community trusteeship; Austin Under 40’s Austinite of the Year; Hero for Children by the Texas State Board of Education; Austin Profiles in Power Profile Leader; and the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Trailblazer Award for the distinguished woman alumni trailblazer in business and community. In 2011 the Austin Business Journal named Dawson one of Austin’s 30 Most Influential leaders. Dawson graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and has a master’s degree with highest honors from the UT Austin McCombs School of Business.