Suzanne first tasted victory in 1985 when she and her partners built a coalition of community organizations, social service agencies, and legal assistance groups to successfully advocate for a gas and electricity law benefiting low income consumers.
It was a great way to start her career as policy advocate. At Metropolitan Family Services, a nonprofit organization providing human services and legal assistance, Suzanne advanced to Vice President for Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. She worked closely with its Board of Directors and other Executives on initiatives including board governance, strategic planning, public policy development and the budget.
In 2010, she moved to the JUF/Jewish Federation-Chicago whose annual campaign raises more than $80 million year and whose network of affiliates helps more than 300,000 people of all faiths, ages, and needs. There, her responsibilities included lobbying, engaging and educating Jewish community leaders and staff, and public speaking.
To mobilize the human service sector, Suzanne co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of Illinois Partners for Human Services. She also chaired the Board of Work, Welfare, and Families during a merger with the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Other statewide responsibilities included chairing the Child Support Advisory Committee of the Illinois Department of Health Care and Human Services, serving on a variety of state committees, co-leading the Illinois IEP 10 month policy leadership program, and participating in many transition teams including, most recently, the Governor’s Transition Team on Healthy Families.
Suzanne received her BA from Grinnell College, Grinnell,Iowa, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and her MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.