Susan Hancock

Susan M. Hancock has more than 30 years of professional experience in nonprofit management, resource development, strategic planning, training, facilitation, community relations and organizational development, working with a diverse group of community leaders.

She began her career in politics working for U.S. Congressman Lindsay Thomas and U.S. Senator Sam Nunn before entering the nonprofit field. For more than five years, Susan worked with the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council in Atlanta, overseeing membership and fund development initiatives.

After moving to Savannah in 1989, Susan began a 16-year career with the United Way of the Coastal Empire as vice president of resource development. During Susan’s tenure at United Way, she was responsible for raising more than $100,000,000 for the Savannah community. In 2005, Susan joined Abshire Public Relations where she is now president of the firm. She oversees business development and client relations and serves as the company’s chief financial officer.

Susan is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Armstrong State University Foundation, and is chair of the Development Committee for the Board of Senior Citizens, Inc. Susan has served on the boards of Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Junior League of Savannah, Historic Savannah Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and is a past board chair for The Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center.

She is a graduate and past board member of both Leadership Georgia and Leadership Savannah. Susan and her husband, William, are the proud parents of three daughters.


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    Greg Parker,
    President and CEO, The Parker Companies
  • APR is the gold standard in reaching the news media about HSF’s events and projects. They consistently go above and beyond the call of duty and make us feel like their top client.

    Daniel Carey,
    President and CEO, Historic Savannah Foundation
  • Abshire PR has made a tremendous difference in our ability to market our organization. They are a critical part of our team and continually amaze us with their results!

    Patti Lyons,
    President, Senior Citizens Inc.
  • “We are excited at Bouhan Falligant to begin working with APR as our public relations professionals. Their depth and breadth of knowledge in their industry, as well as their ties to the local and regional communities we serve, make them invaluable members of our team. They spend the time necessary to understand us and our profession, and to help us effectively develop new opportunities.

    John G. Lientz,
    Bouhan Falligant
  • One major benefit of working with Abshire Public Relations is you don’t just get an account manager; you get an entire team. We’re able to receive excellent executive counsel, knowledge of the market, philanthropic strategy, focused media relations and top-notch writing all in one-stop shop.

    Ryan Price,
    Vice President, JE Dunn Construction
  • When the City of Richmond Hill was looking for an experienced public relations team, we really didn’t have to look any further than APR. Their knowledge of city and county government — in addition to their strong community ties — made them the perfect fit for us.

    Chris Lovell,
    City Manager for City of Richmond Hill

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