Suzan “Suzi” LeVine was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on May 30, 2014. She took up her position in Bern on June 2, 2014.
Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Suzi focused on education in both her professional and volunteer life. From 2006-2013, she served as the co-founder and then chairperson of the advisory board for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington – one of the world’s leading early learning research institutes. From 2009-2012, Suzi worked at Microsoft Corporation as Director of Strategic Partnerships for Student Developers and Director of Communications for Education. In these roles, she worked with innovative students, school leaders and educators from around the world, helped promote the importance of teaching 21st century skills, and managed relationships with other organizations dedicated to student inspiration and success.
Suzi’s early career centered on software and the Internet. From 1993-1998, she worked as a Product Manager for Microsoft where she helped launch the final versions of MS-DOS and Windows 95. With Expedia, Inc. from 1998-2005, she worked as a Director of Marketing through the startup’s IPO and then as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the luxury travel division.
In addition, Suzi has been involved throughout her life in social innovation and community organizing. Among other initiatives, she co-founded The Kavana Cooperative, an independent and nationally-recognized Jewish community in Seattle, and participates in Social Venture Partners, which cultivates effective philanthropists and strengthens organizations driving community change. She won the Microsoft Alumni Foundation “Beacon Award” in 2013 for community leadership and inspiration, the Helen M. Jackson “Woman of Valor” award in 2008, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Spitzer Young Leadership award in 2007. In 2012, she was awarded a Wexner Fellowship for her leadership in the Seattle Jewish community.
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.