Having moved to Washington State from Kansas in 1990, Susan Baird-Joshi and her husband, Sanjaya Joshi, purchased their north Juanita home in 1993. Two of their three sons graduated from Juanita High School, and their youngest is a junior at JHS. Twice she won the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate award. She completed Wood Badge through Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council. She has been a leader for many children and adult ministries at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Kirkland, most recently with Lutheran Peace Fellowship. Her concerns about Kirkland's quality of life and accessibility for all residents; a desire to improve the parks' facilities and environment; and a goal to participate in public service are what motivated her to apply for the Kirkland Park Board.
She holds a Certificate with Distinction in Data Science from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters of Liberianship, focusing on business and library information systems. She has spent her professional career in database, web and software development, with an emphasis on project management and data science. Her vertical markets include life sciences and health care, education, climate change and public policy. She holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts in History/Journalism and Mass Communications/Pre-law from Kansas State University, Manhattan.
Susan served as the 2020 Park Board Chair.