Suellen Burns is a capacity-building and public service professional with 25 years of experience in program development and assessment, community engagement, communications, marketing, fundraising, finance, executive leadership, and grantmaking. She currently serves as senior advisor - Millennium Reserve
for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
and also contributes to other outreach and Lake Michigan coastal initiatives in northeast Illinois. Her previous work has included roles with – among many others – Arts Bridge
(the nation’s first business incubator for the arts), Friends of the Chicago River
, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
, Illinois Conservation Foundation
, and South Chicago Art Center
. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 and a master of science degree in leadership and policy studies from DePaul University in 2015. As part of DePaul’s School of Public Service, she studied urban planning and community development in Curitiba, Brazil and ethical leadership in public policy in Bogotá, Colombia. Suellen is a seasoned author, editor, and public speaker as well as a reviewer for numerous local and regional funding programs.