Haruna Suzuki, Ph.D.

Director of Adult, Family, and Community Empowerment programs
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 several 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 completed 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 provide and grow the Motheread/Fatheread family literacy program within and outside of prisons and more broadly, to support work aimed at dismantling the U.S.’s reliance on prisons as a solution for social inequities.  Haruna also seeks to expand access to the PASTEL (Parents and Schools Together to Enhance Learning), Story Exploring, and Birth and Beginning Years (BABY) programs in underserved and under resourced communities and assist in generating funding to help advance Helps Education Fund’s justice-oriented 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, learning new languages, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.