Suzie Graham, president & CEO
Suzie mobilizes positive partnerships and oversees the design and implementation of programs and services to anticipate and address the needs of the neighborhood and improve its vitality. Her work centers on the necessity of a thriving urban core and the importance of downtown as a key indicator of the health of the city and the greater Akron region. She facilitates efforts to build and strengthen downtown as an economic driver, hub for arts and culture, advocate for equity, community gathering space and champion of the city’s brand. She works closely with government, corporate, education, nonprofit, human services and small business stakeholders to assist their efforts, improve their experience and build downtown as a place for all people. Prior to her work with DAP, Suzie served the city of Akron for 18 years including coordinating programs for the Office of the Mayor.
An Akron native, Suzie is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 29, and a 2015 Presidio Institute Cross Sector Leadership Fellow. She is a recipient of the 2012 GAR Glass Half Full Award and the 2017 Margaret Clark Morgan Impact Award for Community Leadership.