Susana Vasquez

Associate Vice President, Office of Civic Engagement
University of Chicago

Susana Vasquez

Susana L. Vasquez has more than 25 years of experience working in the areas of community development, civic engagement, and philanthropy in Chicago. Vasquez joined the University of Chicago as an associate vice president in the Office of Civic Engagement in September 2017. In this role she will lead the advancement of new civic engagement strategies and programs to strengthen the University's impact in its neighboring communities and citywide.

Vasquez previously served as the 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, Vasquez served as the executive director of the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). During her 12-year tenure at LISC, Vasquez helped 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. Prior to LISC, Vasquez worked for The Resurrection Project, a community development organization, and for the Metropolitan Tenants Organization. 

Vasquez earned a master's 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.

Vasquez serves on the boards of directors for ChangeLab Solutions, SkyART, and the Leadership Council of the Civic Consulting Alliance. She has also served on the advisory board of the University of Chicago's Civic Leadership Academy, and the board of directors for the Chicago Foundation for Women. Vasquez has provided community engagement training to a range of institutions including Studio Gang Architects, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, and Presence Health.

You can find Susana Vasquez on Twitter at @susanalvasquez.