Susan is a Partner of the Firm and is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning. In addition, Susan focuses on investment prospect generation, investment structuring and execution, and due diligence of potential acquisitions. Susan serves as a member of Valor's Investment Committee and currently serves as a director of Fooda, one of Valor’s portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Valor, Susan was a partner at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, and strategic advice matters. During her nearly 20 years with Skadden, she advised clients on some of the most notable mergers and acquisitions transactions in the energy, consumer products, financial services, and technology industries. Her clients included Fortune 500, middle-market, and emerging growth companies. While at Skadden, Susan served as counsel to Valor on certain strategic matters.
Beyond her work at Valor, Susan is actively involved in a variety of global, national and local community initiatives. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting poverty around the world, and on the Board of Trustees of Equality Now, a global organization working to address human rights issues for women and girls around the world. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Make Your Date, an organization focused on reducing infant mortality in U.S. inner cities, and on the Board of Directors of The Clean Energy Trust, a non-profit that helps launch, fund, and grow early stage clean energy businesses in the Midwest. She formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Foundation for Women, and the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Susan regularly serves as a guest lecturer on corporate transactions at Harvard Law School. Susan was named one of Investment Dealers’ Digest’s "40 Under 40" and one of Chicago’s "40 Under 40" by Crain’s Chicago Business. Susan is a member of the Fortune Most Powerful Women community and a member of The Chicago Network. In 2009, she was named a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute.
Susan received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.