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Jon Suarez-Davis ’97 receives Northwestern SPS Alumni Award


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Jon Suarez-Davis, SPS’97 received the 2023 Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS) Alumni Award. This award recognizes exemplary alumni who have achieved a position of significant leadership and built a robust track record of meaningful accomplishments that have positively influenced their organization and their community.

Jon Suarez-Davis (JSD) is Chief Commercial Officer at super{set}, a startup studio that founds and builds data-driven companies, and Chief Strategy Officer at Ketch, a platform that provides data privacy and AI governance solutions. JSD also serves as strategic advisor for several startups and software companies across the country. He previously led transformative global marketing strategies at Salesforce, Krux, and the Kellogg Company.

Among his contributions and honors, JSD serves on the MMA North America Board of Directors and Executive Committee; the American Immigration Council Board of Directors; the BRIDGE Board of Directors; and the Institute for Real Growth Advisory Board. Adweek named him to the “Adweek 50” in 2017.

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies celebrated the Alumni Award recipient during the 2023 Annual SPS Symposium. This year’s student and academic conference focused on how AI impacts a wide range of industries and fields, including healthcare, content creation, and disaster relief services.  

JSD has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern University and is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. He was the 2018 Keynote Speaker at SPS Convocation.   

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For many of our deserving undergraduate students, the State of Illinois’ Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides essential financial aid. But with gridlock in Springfield and no state budget, no grants are being awarded this term—threatening many students’ ability to earn their degree. Thanks to our generous alumni and the resources of the Annual Fund, SPS is offsetting the MAP grants and providing nearly $100,000 to 26 SPS students.

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