Susan Crist is a 1979 graduate of Oregon State University. Growing up in a family that emphasized education and shared a love of golf, Crist chose OSU in part because of the opportunity that it provided to compete at a Division 1 women's golfer. Majoring in Journalism and writing for The Barometer newspaper, Crist also joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority during her time as an undergraduate.
Mother to two boys, Crist returned to her alma mater after a fourteen year career at Monster. Today she works for OSU's College of Business as Manager for Employer Relations.