Former Ambassador Suzan G. LeVine (June 2014 – January 2017)

Suzan “Suzi” LeVine took up her position as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in June 2014. At the outset of her Ambassadorship, she conducted a lengthy listening tour to understand the opportunities and areas for growth in the relationship.  Building on those conversations, she and the Embassy team collaborated closely with their Swiss counterparts to drive outstanding economic results, increase a long-term focus on global security, and raise awareness and appreciation for the countries’ respective policies, values, and cultures.  Among the many achievements resulting from that collaboration are the first-ever bilateral White House company roundtable, at which eight Swiss companies announced $3 billion in investments in the following year alone; cooperation on an initiative with a broad array of Swiss companies to implement Swiss-style apprenticeship programs in the United States; and support for funding efforts to launch GCERF (The Global Community Engagement and Resiliency Fund), a multi-lateral organization aimed at countering violent extremism.

What prepared Suzi for her role as Ambassador was her diverse and non-linear career focusing on education, technology, community, innovation, travel, social responsibility, and youth outreach.  In a professional capacity, she worked at Microsoft as a Director and at Expedia as a Vice President.  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.

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.