Ambassador Suzan "Suzi" LeVine
Former US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
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; helped American citizens in Switzerland regain access to banking services, and advanced the global diversity dialogue. Specifically, for FDI, 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 many 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. She was recognized for her effort on apprenticeship with a custom certificate of appreciation from the Department of Labor as well as a nomination for the State Department Sue M. Cobb award. Since resigning her position, she has continued her focus on lifelong career readiness in the United States by joining the CareerWise Colorado 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 an early learning research institute at the University of Washington, ILABS – the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. It was also at that time that she volunteered for the Presidential elections for Senator and then President Barack Obama, serving as a National Delegate, community organizer, and co-chair of four National Finance Committee subgroups: Pacific Northwesterners; Women; the Jewish Community; and the Tech 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. She and her husband have two children, with whom they enjoy hiking, biking, traveling and playing with their dog. She can be reached on Facebook & @AmbSuzi on Twitter.