Board Vice Chair
Susan Schneider Williams is a fine artist, author, and advocate. As a professional artist she has participated in numerous shows, group and solo, and her paintings are in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. She studied design at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from California College of the Arts. Her fine art business, Susan Schneider Fine Art, developed out of a 25-year graphic design career in which she founded and ran Critical Eye Design specializing in logo and brand development.
In 2014, when her husband Robin Williams died of Lewy body dementia, she set out to raise awareness about this devastating yet little known brain disease. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The View, and CBS This Morning. Ms. Schneider Williams moderated the 2016 Forbes Healthcare Summit panel “Healing the Brain” and remains committed to raising awareness for brain disease. In 2016, the American Brain Foundation honored her with its Commitment to Cures Award. She authored an editorial titled “The terrorist inside my husband’s brain” for Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, and has presented to many institutions, both private research corporations and academic, including UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of California, San Francisco. She has lobbied in Washington DC with the American Academy of Neurology, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and others for better diagnostics, increased funding and support of our researchers, doctors and clinicians.