Susana Duarte De Suarez’s story spans leadership positions as an elected official, a political appointee and an experienced executive working inside and outside of government. She has earned a reputation as a tireless champion for education attainment, economic empowerment and corporate social responsibility.
Susana serves as Councilwoman at Large and is past President of the Zionsville Town Council; she is the Vice President of the Zionsville Safety Board and President of the Board of Police Commissioners. Susana also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Gov. Daniels appointed her to that position in 2010 to help oversee the missions, budgets and plans of the state’s public colleges and universities.
In business, Susana is the head of the Neurological Diagnostic Institute project and immediate past head of communications for Governor Holcomb. She is president and CEO of Media Moon Communications, a global communications firm based in Zionsville. Prior to re-launching her company, Susana lead global communications and corporate affairs for Allegion, a $2 billion security-solutions company based in Carmel, Ind. Susana has held high-profile senior executive positions and leadership posts with Holcim, Inc., CEMEX and Anheuser-Busch Companies.
While based in DC early in her career, Susana was appointed to several senior leadership positions by President Bush – first as the Assistant Director for Regional Operations for FEMA where she was instrumental in the response to 9/11 and the recovery; then as CCO for The Peace Corps overseeing operations in over 120 countries. She served as executive director of the Hispanic International Trade Council, and deputy director for political coalitions with the Republican National Committee.
Susana currently serves on a wide variety of boards and civic organizations including the Indiana International Center and Christel House Academy. Previous board service includes the Indianapolis Opera, International School and Gateway to College, amongst many. Susana has also received numerous honors for her work in business, government and civic engagement.
Susana earned a bachelor’s degree in political science specializing in national security policy studies from the Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Senior Management Program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. She and her husband live in Zionsville and have two young children.