Suzanne C. Sousa, Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer  

FOCUS AREAS: Early education, child care, community college education, health, social services, children and youth

CONTACT: (212) 371-7082, ssousa@guttmanfoundation.org

PROFILE: Suzanne C. Sousa is the program officer at the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation. She has been with the foundation since April 2015 and previously worked as the director of development and special projects at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services for seven years. Other experience includes the National Guild for Community Arts Education, UNICEF BRASIL, and Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management.

Her LinkedIn summary shares:

Along with the leadership positions noted below, I have worked as a development and public relations consultant for numerous clients, including The Business Council for the United Nations, Forbes Magazine, Lighthouse International, and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. 

As a lifelong environmentalist, I proudly served as an AmeriCorps member for two years with New Jersey Community Water Watch and was an active member with the NRDC New York Council. As part of the Clinton Global Initiative, I founded CANDI Africa bringing drip irrigation lines and solar-powered water pumps to three villages in Mozambique (2011-2012). Through additional private funding, CANDI was expanded to seven villages in 2013.

Other Affiliations:
Board Member - Pajama Program: 2013-2015.
Leadership Council - New York+Acumen: 2011-2013.
New York City Chapter – National Resource Defense Council: 2010-2012.
Board Chairman - Vibe Theater Experience: 2003-2008.
Associates Council - Children’s Aid Society: 1998-2000.

Upon her hiring in April 2015, Philanthropy New York published the following about her background:

Suzanne C. Sousa has been named Program Officer for the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation.  Previously she was the Director of Development and Special Projects at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) where she served as the lead liaison to the philanthropic community and state and federal agencies and secured and managed millions in funding for several strategic initiatives.  She had first served as the agency’s Director of the Central Mentoring Office where she oversaw efforts towards expanding mentoring opportunities for children and youth in foster care.  Before joining ACS, Suzanne held senior director positions at the National Guild for Community Arts Education and The Peter F. Drucker Foundation in New York City.  She also worked as a Communications Advisor with UNICEF Brazil in Rio de Janeiro and served as an AmeriCorps members for two years with an environmental community group in New Jersey. 

Suzanne holds a B.A. in Arts History and Geography from Rutgers University and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Milano The New School University.