Susan Notkin is Executive Vice President at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and oversees the organization’s programmatic directions. In this capacity she advances CSSP’s role in promoting progressive systems and policies that support children, youth and families receiving the help they need within their own communities, and ensuring that public systems support safety, healing, well-being and permanent connections for those families who are experiencing state interventions. Susan is leading CSSP’s Youth Thrive, a multi-year national initiative, working to promote the healthy well-being and development for all youth, with a particular focus on youth in child welfare, juvenile justice and homeless systems. Prior to joining CSSP, Susan was the Director for the Children’s Program at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation where she created and implemented a 10-year $50 million grant making program entitled Community Partnerships for Protecting Children. Earlier, Susan directed the Foundation’s Program for Homeless Families. Before joining the Foundation, Susan designed the New York City Child Protective Services Training Academy for the City’s child welfare agency. During the 1980s, she held positions in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, representing the rights of clients residing in mental health institutions and directing the state’s agenda in child abuse prevention, child protection, early care and education and domestic violence.