Areas of Expertise
- Private Company Compensation and Governance
- Foundations and Tax-Exempt Organizations
- Real Estate & Banking Industries
- Professional Services Compensation
Susan Schroeder is a partner of Compensation Advisory Partners LLC (CAP) in Los Angeles. She has 25 years of experience advising Boards and company management on compensation strategies, performance measurement customization, and short and long-term incentive plan design. Susan’s experience includes work for Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller public, private, and not-for-profit organizations across many industries, including commercial and investment banking, investment management, manufacturing, professional services, real estate, and technology. Over the years, Susan has developed a particular expertise in developing incentive plans that reward for long-term value creation where publicly traded stock is not available.
Susan has been a speaker for several WorldatWork Total Rewards and Executive Compensation Forum conferences, the Private Company Governance Summit, Family Business Transitions conferences, and for meetings of the Private Directors Association. She is an author of CAP’s proprietary research on Incentive Pay Practices in publicly traded, privately held, non-profit, and government organizations with WorldatWork. She has written articles for the National Association of Corporate Directors and Private Company Director magazine and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal for her research on Executive Chairman compensation, on COVID-19’s impact on executive compensation, and on rethinking pay in a hybrid workplace.
Prior to joining CAP, Susan was a co-founder and partner of Vivient Consulting LLC, a boutique executive compensation consulting firm. Before founding Vivient, she was a principal in the Los Angeles offices of Mercer’s Human Capital practice and SCA Consulting. Additionally, she spent twelve years in the financial services industry specializing in finance and real estate lending at First Interstate Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.
Susan received an M.B.A. from The UCLA Anderson School of Management and an A.B. in Economics from Occidental College, where she graduated with honors. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National MS Society and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and Private Directors Association. She earned the Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP) designation from WorldatWork and is a 2022 honoree of the NACD Directorship 100, an honor awarded to individuals influential in corporate governance and the boardroom.