Before joining the 1990 Institute, she was a program officer at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) where she worked with multiple stakeholders to advance inclusive and welcoming policies for migrants and refugees. She also spearheaded efforts to drive funding to underserved Asian diaspora communities globally. Prior to OSF, Susana worked at the Ford Foundation to promote impact investing policies in the U.S. to benefit underserved communities. She previously served as a co-founder of New Beginnings, a New York nonprofit focused on providing resources to first-generation immigrant families as they acclimate to new lives in the U.S.
Susana has an MLA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas and a BA in history from the University of Houston. She was born in Hong Kong, raised in Oakland, CA and Houston, TX, and is based in New York.