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Growing up in the vibrant city of Chicago to Guatemalan immigrant parents, Susan (Harrison Fellow 2011-2016), always knew she would be advocating for others. With 16 years of educational nonprofit experience, Susan Patzán, has worked with organizations that assist under-served communities. Currently she is a Youth Services Coordinator, under the Corporate Partnerships portfolio with the Department of Family and Support Services. In her role, she oversees professional development for Chicago’s youth ages 14-24. She knows how having professional development, and mentoring in these ages is very important in shaping youth often living in overlooked communities.

Susan, has a Bachelor's in Applied Behavioral Sciences , with a minor in Science Education. She also has training as an interpreter through the Language Access Resource Center in DuPage County. She does simultaneous interpreting in education, social services, medical, and soon Illinois courts. As an English language learner herself, she has a desire to support language services and advocacy. Susan, had also served on different Associates Boards within the city of Chicago, which have raised over $25,000 to continue serving families.

When she’s not supporting youth or interpreting, you can find her at home enjoying time with her dogs, her nieces, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

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Susan Patzan, Youth Services Coordinator, Department of Family and Support Services, City of Chicago