Executive Vice President
Susan Notkin is Executive Vice President at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) responsible for the organization’s overall programmatic direction. In this capacity she advances CSSP’s role in promoting innovative community efforts and progressive public services in furtherance of the well-being of our country’s children, youth, and families. Susan leads CSSP’s Youth Thrive, a multi-year national initiative, working to promote the healthy well-being and development for all youth, with a particular focus on youth in child welfare, juvenile justice, and homeless systems.
Prior to joining CSSP, Susan was the Director for the Children’s Program at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation where she created and implemented a 10-year, $50 million grant making program entitled Community Partnerships for Protecting Children. Earlier, Susan directed the Foundation’s Program for Homeless Families. Before joining the Foundation, Susan designed the New York City Child Protective Services Training Academy for the City’s child welfare agency. During the 1980s, she held positions in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, representing the rights of clients residing in mental health institutions and directing the state’s agenda in child abuse prevention, child protection, early care and education, and domestic violence.