Susan B. Towler, APR
Vice President & Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Florida Blue Foundation
Jacksonville, Duval County
Susan B. Towler is vice president of the Florida Blue Foundation, established in 2001 as the philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue. She is also executive director of corporate social responsibility for Florida Blue and has responsibility for the company’s philanthropic strategy.
Prior to joining Florida Blue, Towler held previous public relations roles at Robin Shepherd Public Relations, Gulf Life Insurance Company, BancBoston Mortgage Corporation and was president of SEB Communications. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Towler is actively involved in the philanthropic and social responsibility sector. She led the Community Engagement Task Force for Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams’ Strategic Initiative. Towler serves on the board of directors for several nonprofits including the Florida Chamber Foundation, Children’s Movement of Florida and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She is the past chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network. She is also a graduate of Leadership Florida and served as its 2012-13 chair.
Towler served as the 2013-14 chair of Volunteer Florida, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and is past chair of the University of Florida Public Relations Advisory Council. Towler is also an honorary member of Leadership Jacksonville and the Florida Blue Key. She was named a “Woman with Heart” by Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville in 2017 and a “Woman of Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2004. The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council honored her with the “Women of Distinction” award in 2006. Towler was an EVE Awards finalist in 2013.
Towler holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Florida. She is married to Jim Towler and they have one daughter, Emma, and a French bulldog, Mr. Pickles.