Susan Paykin is an Associate at Croatan Institute, where she focuses on research at the intersection of food systems, regenerative agriculture, and innovative financing. Susan was previously the farm manager at Common Ground Farm in Beacon, New York, where she integrated food justice and youth education into the farm’s diversified vegetable production operation. She has also led public health research with the University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Studies, managed the environmental policy portfolio for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., and investigated college endowment transparency for the Sustainable Endowments Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recognizing her leadership in place-based community building, she was awarded a Good Work Institute Fellowship in 2017.
Susan holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a B.A. in International Studies from Brandeis University. Originally from northern New Jersey, she has studied abroad in China and Israel. She currently lives in Chicago, IL.