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Susana Vasquez - Member

Susana Vasquez was named LISC Chicago's executive director in 2011.  Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago’s mission is to connect neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier. Ms. Vasquez oversees a staff of 17, an organizational budget of $10 million and loan portfolio of $14 million.

Ms. Vasquez joined LISC in 2003 as a program officer and soon became director of the office's most ambitious effort—the New Communities Program, an initiative to support comprehensive community development across 16 neighborhoods. As director of that program, she helped define and expand the field of comprehensive community development, while raising more than $60 million from private and public sources to support neighborhood work. In partnership with the City of Chicago’s Digital Excellence Initiative, Ms. Vasquez also developed the Smart Communities program, which promotes meaningful adoption of digital technology in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods.

Ms. Vasquez began her career in Chicago as a community organizer on the Affordable Housing Campaign led by the Chicago Rehab Network, as a tenant organizer at the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, and as a senior community organizer at The Resurrection Project, where she became the deputy director. Ms. Vasquez went on to earn a master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  She has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ms. Vasquez has previously served on the boards of the Community Economic Development Law Project, the Crossroads Fund and the Chicago Foundation for Women.  She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Board of Directors for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI).

Background

Organization

LISC Chicago

Title

Executive Director