Suzanne Pearl joined First Children’s Finance as Minnesota director in 2019. With 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, mainly in the areas of international community development and humanitarian relief, Pearl brings to FCF culturally agile leadership along with expertise in program strategy and in strengthening the alignment of organizational mission and operations.
She previously held a nine-year position with the Minnesota-based Center for Victims of Torture, where, as International Services program manager, she oversaw mental health clinics for torture and war-trauma survivors in East Africa. Prior to CVT, she worked in Washington, D.C., for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, managing democratic governance programs in Bosnia and Serbia. A lawyer by training, Pearl also has experience in public policy and nonprofit management consulting. She holds a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Minnesota.