Susan Asiyanbi currently serves as Teach For America’s Chief Transformation Officer, coaching executives on how to lead through change as they ensure the most strategic priorities cascade effectively throughout the organization and within communities.
After completing her undergraduate degree at Williams College, Susan taught fourth grade math and science in Newark, New Jersey, as a 2001 Teach for America (TFA) corps member. She joined TFA staff in 2003 as a program director supporting new corps members in the Newark region. She then served as managing director of the charter Philadelphia training institute and subsequently as the vice president of institutes before leaving to pursue her MBA degree (Strategy and Organizational Design) at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Before returning to Teach For America, she summered at Boston Consulting Group and joined Sears Holding Company as a senior leader associate reporting to then CEO Bruce Johnson on key strategic initiatives. Susan then transitioned to Teach For America and served in many C-suite executive roles. Prior to her role as Chief Transformation Officer, Susan was Chief Operating & Program Officer where she oversaw regional management, program & learning, and fundraising for the organization’s 51 regions and the National Council, which is comprised of each region’s board chair.
Concurrently, Susan is the founder and senior partner of a practice that helps executives and emergent leaders forge the capabilities and relationships to accelerate growth and expand outcomes/impact. The practice draws on a relational approach called Leading Through Relationships as well as other change techniques and approaches that help leaders build the capabilities and relationships they need to simultaneously navigate the now, continually imagine new realities, and move from here to there, as individuals and as a collective.
She earned her B.A. from Williams College, received her M.A. in education administration and supervision from St. Peter’s College, and obtained her M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She completed the Aspen Pahara Fellowship and Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) in 2013. She is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), CHIEF, and the Aspen Global Network. She sits as a board of directors for the Chicago Children’s Museum, serves on the President’s Council for the Museum of Science and Industry, is a Leadership Council Member for the Classy Awards, and leads as a board member for New Classrooms, ReGeneration Network of Charter Schools, and Noble Day Care. She resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.