Heller-Brown Building, 373
Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesBrandeis University, Ph.D.
University of Oregon, B.A.
ExpertiseYouth and communities: college access and success for low-income youth; promoting youth employability through employing, educating, and supporting youth; and positive youth development within a context of asset-based community development
Aging: intergenerational programs, supportive housing
ProfileSusan Lanspery is a scientist at the Center for Youth and Communities in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University (http://cyc.brandeis.edu). Susan has conducted evaluations, managed research and demonstration programs, and provided technical assistance for more than 25 years. Her work during the last twelve years has focused on college access and success as well as employability for underrepresented young people. She is currently co-managing the evaluations of YouthBuild USA’s Postsecondary Pathways Initiative, Campus Compact's national Connect to Complete Initiative, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation's Project Compass initiative. Since 2011 she has managed a national project promoting youth employability through employment, education, and support. She has managed or co-managed the evaluations of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Community College Transfer Initiative, the GE Foundation’s College Bound program, and the Rhode Island College Crusade. She has also served as a senior team member in several other studies and projects, such as evaluating a program emphasizing empowerment and leadership development for youth workers and youth and school-to-career programs for out-of-school youth.
Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a Doctorate from Brandeis University.
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Szczerbacki, Katherine, Garton, Elenore, and Lanspery, Susan. How Five Family Foundations Engaged in Constructive and Challenging Discussions to Enhance their Impact on the Communities They Serve. Waltham MA Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University: 2013. (forthcoming)
Curnan, Susan P., Lanspery, Susan, Kingsley, Christopher, LaCava, Lisa, Hughes, Della M., Melchior, Alan, and Perlmutter, Anna. Practical Advice Guides: Smart Strategies to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth in Employability Development Programs. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2013.
Lanspery, Susan and Curnan, Susan. Reconnecting Systems to Reconnect Youth: The Walmart Foundation’s 2012 Smart Summer Initiative to Employ, Educate, and Support Youth. Waltham MA Report to the Walmart Foundation: 2013.
Melchior, Alan and Lanspery, Susan. Evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success (PSS) Initiative: Final Report.. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2013.
Melchior, Alan and Lanspery, Susan. Evaluation of the YouthBuild Pathways/Social Innovation Fund Postsecondary Education Initiative: Year 1 Implementation Report.. Waltham Center for Youth and Communities: 2013.
Curnan, Susan, Lanspery, Susan, Kingsley, Chris, and LaCava, Lisa. The Walmart Foundation's 2011 Investment in Summer Youth Employment: Encouraging Results and Lessons Learned (Analytic Brief). Waltham, MA Center for Youth and Communities: 2012.
Hahn, Andrew, Lanspery, Susan, and Leavitt, Tom. Summary of the Youth Employment Services (YES) Evaluation, 2004-2011. Indianapolis, Indiana EmployIndy: 2012.
Lanspery, Susan and Burack, Cathy. "Partnerships that Promote Success: Lessons and Findings from the Evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative." Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Initiative Meeting. Lansdowne, Virginia. October 2011.
Lanspery, Susan and Burack, Cathy. "Partnerships that Promote Success: Lessons and Findings from the Evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative." National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. Jacksonvile, Florida. January 2011.
Lanspery, Susan and Burack, Cathy. "Partnerships that Promote Success: Lessons and Findings from the Evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Community College Transfer Initiative." New England Transfer Association. Woodstock, Vermont. April 2011.