Suzanne provides leadership to the SGC in developing policy and implementation innovations that foster community prosperity, infill development, and sustainable growth, with a focus on leveraging the State's investment in high-speed rail. Suzanne is an urban planner with over 13 years' experience in community revitalization, housing and real estate development, land use planning, and architectural design.
Suzanne has advised and developed urban revitalization projects in New Orleans, Washington DC, Boston, and Opa-locka, FL, and served as Deputy Project Manager on the national-award winning comprehensive plans for post-Katrina New Orleans and Shreveport, LA. She has worked on federal housing policy in Washington, DC, where she led a national advocacy coalition. Before joining SGC, Suzanne served in the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative, where she worked out of the Mayor's Office in Fresno, CA to provide technical assistance on land use, development, and downtown revitalization.
Suzanne holds a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University and studied architecture at the Master's level at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. She is certified in affordable housing development and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.