Suzanne Shirley, LCSW
Director of Community Engagement and Fellowship
Suzanne Shirley, LCSW, is the Director of Community Engagement & Fellowship with the
VHA IE and serves in a faculty role with MIT’s Catalyst Fellowship Program.
In the role of community engagement, Ms. Shirley drives transformative innovation
across VHA by engaging both internal and external collaborators in
the design, testing, and scaling of mission driven innovative solutions. Through convening diverse groups
of collaborators, Ms. Shirley is committed to bringing key stakeholders from every community together
in the spirit of solving VHA’s most pressing challenges with a focus on customer experience, evaluation,
and impact. In her role leading innovative VHA Fellowship programs, Ms. Shirley strategically
implements a variety of experiential learning opportunities in partnership with academia, which
aim to shape future thought leaders in healthcare, improve care, and drive down cost. Ms. Shirley has
been recognized through awards such as 2022 AMSUS-Administrative Management, 2021 Arthur S.
Flemming-Outstanding Federal Service, 2021 Service to the Citizen, 2021 Teddy Roosevelt-Visionary Leadership, and 2020 ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation- Disruptive Technology.
Innovation Superpower: Vision