Susan has been closely associated with her late husband James McClatchy’s projects and visions which she has continued to pursue since his death in May 2006.
In 1981, she and James began attending meetings of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), which is dedicated to defense and promotion of press freedom in this hemisphere. Susan has been an active member since 2006 and serves as special advisor to the Chapultepec Committee.
In 2015, IAPA honored Susan with its Presidential Award for her “vital support” for freedom of expression. She and James co-founded the Central Valley Foundation (CVF) in 1994 (now The James B. McClatchy Foundation) and she serves as Board Vice-Chair. She was a founding member of the Northern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NCCNMWA); served as Board secretary and, newsletter editor, from 1991 to 1995. In that capacity, she helped showcase women artists through educational outreach programs and headed the 1995 exhibition: New World [Dis]Order, along with an accompanying exhibition catalog. The exhibit opened in San Francisco, CA., traveled to Washington D.C., and ended in Fresno, CA.
In 2008, Susan also initiated and produced the Anna Richards Brewster Art exhibition, American Impressionist which toured the U.S. at the Hudson Museum in Yonkers NY, the Butler Museum in Youngstown, OH and closed at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum.
Susan has initiated and published two family history books: one about five generations of the McClatchy family and a second about five generations of her own family. She continues to be active in the arts, theater, and music world in the Sacramento area, and the national environmental world.