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 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 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 grow the Motheread/Fatheread program within and outside of prisons and more broadly, to support work aimed at dismantling the U.S.’s reliance on prisons to address pressing social issues.  Haruna also seeks to provide greater access to the PASTEL (Parents and Schools Together to Enhance Learning) program and assist in 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.