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4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste 305
Chicago, IL 60640


We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.

Susanne Schnell


Board Member

Susanne Schnell
Program Director
Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Susanne has a diverse background developing multi-stakeholder social impact initiatives with a broad focus on the built environment, social equity, and community health. In addition to working as an independent strategy consultant, she is currently the project director of an 'aging in place' research and practice initiative at Loyola University Chicago that engages multicultural older adults and local stakeholders in the design of culturally informed health-related services and programs. Susanne has previously served as the executive director of Archeworks, a Chicago-based public interest design learning center that addresses that needs of nonprofit, healthcare, and public sector partners. Design partnerships generated innovative, human-centered proposals, tools, and prototypes for accessible urban placemaking, vacant land use, and local food system development in high need communities. She previously held lead strategic planning and program development positions in the economic development, academic, and civic sectors, including roles with the Civic Committee, Civic Consulting Alliance, and City Design Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Susanne holds a Bachelor's degree from Smith College and a Master's degree from the University of Michigan.