Suzie was published for the first time in fifth grade after winning a school-wide competition for a short story she wrote about the aftermath of an earthquake through a program called FotoFest. She didn’t know it then, but storytelling would become where her professional strengths and personal beliefs intersected to reveal her purpose in life.
Suzie specializes in translating what can feel like boring, intimidating and abstract concepts into powerful stories and relatable messaging that stick. Most recently, she worked for Genesys Works, a national workforce development organization, where she was responsible for designing and implementing a student-centered communications strategy that doubled email fundraising and increased internship opportunities. Previously, Suzie served as the communications director for the American Heart Association, supporting community-based healthy living initiatives. Her past experience also includes working with industries outside of the nonprofit sphere, including transportation, education and healthcare.
Suzie is a first-generation American and native Houstonian. When she is not writing for work, she is writing her nieces as their favorite and most creative pen pal.
Why are you a strategist for good?
“I grew up seeing my mom relentlessly advocate for me and my siblings with limited English. I also saw the barriers she faced when words failed her. Language is the key to connection and, when used for good, can be what unlocks understanding. I can’t think of a better way to use my talent than to tell stories that speak a better world into existence.”
What’s your superpower?
“I have the ability to make big ideas actionable. When others are feeling stuck, I get to work on a detailed plan. I find it extremely satisfying to create a tool that keeps the team accountable and moving forward, and ultimately helps to turn a vision into reality. It takes extreme organization, deep listening and a love of color-coded spreadsheets.”
Who is your intellectual crush?
“Stacey Abrams is a legend. She’s dedicated her entire career to advocating for civic power and against voter suppression. After losing her run for governor in 2018, she kept her foot on the gas and registered 800K new voters in Georgia, resulting in record voter turnout in the 2020 election. Did you know that she is also a romance novelist? She somehow manages to be both deeply human and in a class of her own. I just love her.”