Suzy SchwartzIn November, YU welcomed Suzy (Greenman) Schwartz as its new Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. But Schwartz is no stranger to YU: she’s a former Assistant Dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), and she is also a proud Stern College for Women alumna and proud YU parent.

Though she’s familiar to many of us, we decided to feature a Q&A with her to refresh our memory and learn more about her. We know you will appreciate getting to meet her personally in the coming months as she continues the strong work begun by Barbara Birch, her predecessor, and expands the YU alumni program both on the national and international levels.

Q: What is your YU background?

A: I was an English/Communications major at Stern College and then studied Marketing with a specialization in Advertising for an MBA.  I spent most of my professional career in advertising at BBDO, the worldwide advertising agency network, where I helped multi-national clients build world-class brands. I joined Yeshiva University in 2010 as Assistant Dean of its Center for the Jewish Future and remained there until early 2014.

Q: What excites you about this new role directing the alumni effort of YU? 

A: I’m excited to work with a very talented team of professionals to tap into a network of passionate and committed alumni. Our YU network extends to every corner of the world, where our alumni are accomplished professionals leading vibrant Jewish lives as community builders. I’m looking forward to engaging our alumni by bringing the scholarship and creativity of today’s Yeshiva University to them and, in turn, tapping our alumni to offer their wisdom and experience for the benefit of our students at YU today.

Q: What distinguishes YU alumni from alumni of other universities? 

A: If YU students are extraordinary, it stands to reason that our alumni are in a league of their own. After successfully navigating a robust college course load while engaging in a rigorous dual curriculum, our alumni are uniquely poised for success. The YU alumni network is a powerful engine that fuels personal, communal and professional connections for students and alumni for years to come.

Q: Why is it important for alumni to give back to their alma mater? How can someone with, say, more limited funds get involved with giving back to YU?

A: Yeshiva University is a constant in our lives that, more often than not, we take for granted.  It is important for alumni to give back because it’s the most meaningful way we can show our gratitude and appreciation for what we’ve been given: a stellar Jewish and secular education, preparation for our professional careers and a lifelong network of friends. Giving back is something all of us can do whether by offering career opportunities for students and alumni, serving as ambassadors for YU in the greater Jewish community, and of course, partnering financially to help YU achieve its mission.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your family?

A: I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and married a Midwesterner from Columbus, OH. We live in Teaneck, NJ, and have four amazing children. Our oldest daughter is a Stern graduate, teacher, and a graduate student in Azrieli, one son is a junior in the Sy Syms School of Business, one son is enrolled in the S. Daniel Abraham program at Yeshivat HaKotel, and one daughter is a junior in high school.

Q: What is one “fun fact” about you that most people don’t know or would be surprised to learn?

A: I’ve spent time on six out of seven continents.



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