Haruna Suzuki, M.A.
Assistant Director of Development
Haruna officially joined Helps Education Fund in June 2020, but has worked with the organization on multiple projects over the past five years. She is thrilled to bring her extensive background in education, program management, research, and grant writing to her roles at Helps Ed Fund. Haruna has worked in schools and colleges in the United States and abroad, including Ecuador, Japan, and China.
Haruna is currently completing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on educational programming in prisons. She hopes to bring this experience as well as her professional and educational background to direct and provide greater access to Helps Ed Fund’s Adult, Family, and Community Empowerment (AFACE) programs (within prisons and beyond). More broadly, she seeks to support work aimed at dismantling the U.S.’s reliance on prisons as a means of addressing social issues. In addition to directing AFACE programs, Haruna assists with generating funding to help advance Helps Education Fund’s mission.
Haruna received her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University (2004) and an M.A. in Human Geography from UNC-Chapel Hill (2014). Outside of work, she enjoys watching standup comedy and documentary films, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.