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Suellen Burns


Suellen is a versatile public service professional in the arts, environmental, and urban planning fields with more than 25 years of experience in program development and assessment, community engagement, communications, marketing, fundraising, finance, executive leadership, and grantmaking. In addition to her faculty position at DePaul, she is senior program officer for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, where she handles $2M in annual grantmaking, and is a member of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, an appointment from Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Her previous work has included roles with – among numerous others – Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Arts Bridge (the nation’s first business incubator for the arts), Friends of the Chicago River, and Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. She earned a bachelor ​of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master of science degree in leadership and policy studies from DePaul. ​