Suzie Kovner is Co-Chairman of the Kovner Foundation, which supports organizations that promote excellence in the arts and education, initiatives that defend private enterprise and protect individual rights, and scholarly studies and research that strengthen American democratic principles. As Co-Chairman, she sets strategy, identifies partners and programs, and evaluates grantee results.
Mrs. Kovner’s interest in improving education was inspired by her grandfather, Edgar W.B. Fairchild, who successfully led his family business, Fairchild Publications, for decades. Although Mr. Fairchild didn’t graduate from college, he was committed to expanding educational opportunities for others through his personal philanthropy. Mrs. Kovner currently serves as a Director of Success Academy Charter Schools, a network of innovative charter schools that help children from all backgrounds reach their full potential and break the cycle of poverty. She is also a Director of ThanksUSA, an organization that provides college, technical and vocational need-based scholarships to the children and spouses of U.S. military personnel. As a newly elected director of The Philanthropy Roundtable, Mrs. Kovner supports their mission to protect philanthropic freedom and assist donors in achieving their philanthropic intent to advance liberty, opportunity and personal responsibility.
Spurred by a lifelong passion for the arts, Mrs. Kovner is active in bringing classical music and drama to new audiences and supporting up-and-coming and innovative artists. A trustee of Carnegie Hall, Mrs. Kovner leads the advocacy group for Ensemble Connect, a collaboration between Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that supports young professional musicians as they begin to build careers as performers, programmers and teachers. She is also a founding member of the Drama Council at The Juilliard School, which has helped elevate the drama school’s reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent centers for acting study.
In 2002, Mrs. Kovner established the first U.S. office for the National Theatre of Great Britain, where she worked to develop the company’s American following and network of supporters. Serving as director of development for the Board of the American Associates, her efforts helped lead to the stateside success of highly regarded plays such as Jumpers, The Pillowman, Democracy and The History Boys. She is currently a member of the Board of the American Associates of the National Theater.
Before joining the National Theatre, Mrs. Kovner worked in television production and at Sotheby’s Auction House.
Mrs. Kovner is also a Sustaining Member of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Administrative Board.
She lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, with her husband, Bruce Kovner. Mrs. Kovner received her B.A. from Colgate University.