Susan Loiacano has over 14 years’ experience as a fundraiser, strategist, and leader in the non-profit setting. Serving most recently as Chief Development Officer at University of Chicago Medical Center, Susan has a proven track record of organizing and managing teams, building relationships with institutional leaders and key stakeholders, securing major and principal gifts, and planning and executing campaigns ranging from $2 million to $800 million.
A strong communicator and tenacious fundraiser, Susan has personally raised over $150 million in her career, overseeing teams responsible for securing up to $40 million annually. Susan has led numerous fundraising initiatives, including the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center’s $100 million campaign, and has extensive experience coaching fundraisers and institutional leaders on major and principal gifts. She has supported a variety of foundations in building major gift cultures within their organizations and is a trusted sounding board on fundraising, event strategy, volunteer management and campaign planning.
Susan is an active volunteer for many Chicago non-profits. She is currently a member of the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Women’s Board and the Stewardship Committee of the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Susan earned a B.S. in Nursing from Georgetown University. Prior to her fundraising career, Susan was an Intensive Care Unit Nurse at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.