Dr. Suzanne Michael is one of EERC’s principal qualitative evaluators working on multi-site, multi-year community college-work force development grants (e.g. US Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Act grants, US Department of Education First in the World); and has been the lead author for many of the EERC’s reports. Dr. Michael brings to EERC a diverse background and expertise as a program director/evaluator, researcher, policy analyst, grant writer, and educator. Her experiences include teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs in sociology, social work and public health (Hunter College, Adelphi University and Lehman College); and facilitating numerous professional development workshops. While at Adelphi, Suzanne established and directed the inaugural years of the Vital Signs’ project – a pioneering epidemiological study of suburban social health. Vital Signs’ monograph series have informed policies and programs across Long Island’s public and non-profit sectors; and have been used in the academy. Prior to Suzanne’s academic appointments, she was the Director of Program Development/Community Affairs for the New York City Department of Health's Division of Child and Adolescent Health; and was the coordinator of NYC’s Pediatric HIV/AIDS School Review Committee at the height of the AIDS epidemic. A founding member of the Center of Immigrant Health (now affiliated with Memorial Sloan Kettering), Suzanne has worked extensively to increase the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate health and social services to immigrant communities. Early in her professional career Suzanne worked as a therapist with diverse inner city families in Brooklyn, New York. Suzanne is the co-author of Not on Speaking Terms: Clinical Strategies to Resolve Family and Friendship Cutoffs (Lesser Bruun & Michael) published by W.W. Norton in 2014. In addition, she has authored/co-authored journal articles, monographs, research reports, and book chapters and been on the editorial board of peer review journals. Suzanne received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, an M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a B.A. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.