Vasquez, Susana L.

Susana L. Vasquez

Associate Vice President for Special Projects

Susana serves as the Associate Vice President for Special Projects in the Office of Civic Engagement. In this role, she supports University-wide initiatives that strengthen civic partnerships and the University’s positive impact on the South Side and citywide. Susana joined the University in September 2017 as Associate Vice President for the Office of Civic Engagement, overseeing its community program, communications, and fund development strategies. She has more than 25 years’ experience leading cross-sector partnerships and advancing community development initiatives as part of local, regional, and national organizations.

Susana serves as the Associate Vice President for Special Projects in the Office of Civic Engagement. In this role, she supports University-wide initiatives that strengthen civic partnerships and the University’s positive impact on the South Side and citywide. Susana joined the University in September 2017 as Associate Vice President for the Office of Civic Engagement, overseeing its community program, communications, and fund development strategies. She has more than 25 years’ experience leading civic partnerships and advancing community development initiatives as part of local, regional, and national organizations.   

Susana previously served as vice president for strategic partnerships at IFF, a regional community development institution, where she developed program strategies to build nonprofit capacity and identified capital and grant opportunities to advance IFF’s mission. Prior to joining IFF, she served as executive director of the Chicago office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). During her 12-year tenure at LISC, Susana helped to raise $100 million in grant and loan commitments from private and public sources and developed innovative programs to advance neighborhood development, civic technology, health, and education efforts across the city of Chicago.

Prior to LISC, Susana worked for The Resurrection Project, a community development organization, and the Metropolitan Tenants Organization. She served on the Leadership Council of the Civic Consulting Alliance and on the Community Advisory Council of the University of Chicago Medicine. Susana has served on grantmaking boards including the Crossroads Fund and the Chicago Foundation for Women, as well as ChangeLab Solutions, a national health equity organization, and SkyARTS a South Side youth arts organization. Susana currently serves on the board of Court Theatre.

Susana has provided community engagement training to a range of institutions, including Studio Gang, the Art Institute of Chicago, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Presence Health.

Susana earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.