Susan is the executive director of ForwARd Arkansas, leading the collective, statewide action necessary to realize the vision of ForwARd that every Arkansan will graduate high school prepared for college and the workplace.
Starting in 2010, Harriman served as the policy and special projects director at the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). She helped develop a statewide STEM initiative that includes New Tech Network, Project Lead the Way, EAST Core and UTeach teacher preparation programs, such as UALRTeach, UAteach and UCA STEMteach.
UAteach and UCA STEMteach are preparing qualified STEM and computer science teachers throughout the state. She also helped managed the No Kid Hungry campaign, Act 1181 for improving state government efficiencies and other initiatives.
Prior to working at ADE, she served as the director of state services at the National Center for Education Achievement, the Secretary’s Regional Representative at the U.S. Department of Education and founding executive director at the Texas Public Education Reform Foundation.
Susan holds a master’s degree in education and a lifetime teaching certificate. She previously taught academically-challenged high school students at a public school in Texas, as well as graduate courses for a teacher certification program.