Suzan “Suzi” LeVine served as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from June 2014 until January 2017 during which time she expanded foreign direct investment (FDI) into the US; helped prevent violent extremism; enabled American citizens in Switzerland to regain access to banking services, and advanced the global diversity dialogue. She was instrumental in the signing of a Joint Declaration of Intent between Switzerland and the United States to collaborate on apprenticeship and, more importantly, partnered with 30 companies to bring and/or expand their Swiss style apprenticeship model into the United States. She also secured billions of dollars in investment and hundreds of jobs into the United States – with $3B alone announced at a special White House roundtable she catalyzed with Swiss business and government leaders. Since resigning her position, she has continued her focus on lifelong career readiness in the United States by joining the CareerWise Colorado board, Governor Inslee’s Career Connect Washington Task Force, ETH’s CEMETS Advisory Board, and co-chairing, along with her husband, the Seattle Region Partnership.
Her role in the public sector as Ambassador is the latest turn in a diverse and non-linear career in which she has sustained a laser focus on impact. Her previous private and non-profit sector positions focused on education, technology, community, innovation, travel, social responsibility, and youth outreach. In a professional capacity, she worked at Microsoft as a Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships and at Expedia as a Vice President for Sales and Marketing in Luxury Travel. Twice during her career, she was a stay-at-home mom, during which time she co-founded two non-profit organizations – an innovative Jewish community model, The Kavana Cooperative, and an advisory board for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (ILABS) at the University of Washington.
Suzi is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with aerospace applications. She and her husband have two children, with whom they enjoy hiking, biking, traveling and playing with their dog.