Park Slope Parents' Founder, Susan Fox

Introducing Susan Fox, founder of Park Slope Parents!

Susan Fox, Ph. D. is a community organizer and mother of two. Her first child was due September 12, 2001 and after the events of September 11th made the decision to focus on quality of life and community issues. Since that time Susan has led efforts to create online and offline networks of people who can support each other and the community. Susan was chosen as one of the District Attorney’s Brooklyn Extraordinary Women for 2009 and a Woman of Distinction in 2010 by New York State Senator Eric Adams.

Susan founded Park Slope Parents in July, 2002. The group supports each other online by sharing information about raising a family in Brooklyn (e.g., “does anyone know a local pediatrician?” or "How do I find a great nanny?") and issues about being a working parent (“how can I negotiate maternity leave?”). There is also a strong offline component as well, including a Spring Fling, kids’ music concerts and clothing swaps. There are also partnerships with non-profit organizations to provide child-related items (e.g., clothing, cribs, blankets) for needy families. She rallied donations of blankets, food and supplies during the 2012 Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts including over 1,5000  meals over a week for 500 displaced families.

Susan has a background that is a tapestry of varied experiences. She has a Ph. D. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Susan worked as Executive Director of Research for an entertainment market research company, an assistant professor, program coordinator for an Easter Seals camp for kids with disabilities, yoga instructor, blackjack dealer, and Can-Can dancer. She teaches a graduate course in Interpersonal Communication at NYU and also consults companies in strategic marketing and communications. Her most rewarding work-related experience, though, is as a Brooklyn community organizer.


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