Suzanne Connor is the former senior program officer for arts and culture at The Chicago Community Trust, where she was responsible for grant review with the goal of enhancing cultural vibrancy, access and diversity.
She is now serving as a consultant to the Smart Chicago Collaborative, supporting the expansion of their strategies to serve youth in the justice system.
Prior to joining the Trust, Connor spent five years as the director of programs and grants at the Arts & Business Council of Chicago. In this role, she provided training and support to over 350 arts and cultural organizations in key management areas, such as board governance, audience development and income generation. During the 1990s, Connor served two terms as an elected official in northern Michigan. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including the City of Chicago Community Development Block Grant Advisory Council and the League of Women Voters. She has been honored by Mayor Richard M. Daley and Police Superintendent Terry Hilliard for her work in the North Lawndale community, highlighting the connection between public art and public safety. Connor began her professional career in her native New York City where she worked for Catholic Charities overseeing grants for senior services. Connor has a BA in sociology from St. Bonaventure University and an MA from New York University.