Susan Paykin


Susan Paykin is an Analyst at Croatan Institute. Currently, she is also pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy with a focus on climate and agricultural policy.

Susan was previously the farm manager at Common Ground Farm in Beacon, New York, where she integrated food justice and youth education programming into the farm’s vegetable production operation. She got her hands dirty working on diversified farms in New York’s Hudson River Valley, the East End of Long Island, and Tuscany, Italy. Susan’s work in regenerative agriculture complemented her experience with advocating for policies and practices affecting systemic change. She has managed the environmental policy portfolio for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., and led research on college endowment transparency for the Sustainable Endowments Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Originally from Oakland, New Jersey, Susan holds a B.A. in International and Global Studies from Brandeis University and has studied abroad in China and Israel. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. In her free time, Susan enjoys cooking and growing food, hiking, and exploring Chicago’s many neighborhoods.

M.P.P., concentration in Policy Analysis (in progress)
Harris School of Public Policy
University of Chicago

B.A., magna cum laude, International and Global Studies
Minor in Environmental Studies
Brandeis University


English, Mandarin