Suzanne McKechnie Klahr Works With Bay Area Youth

03.04.07  |  Filed in Profiled Fellows

Former Skadden Fellow Suzanne McKechnie Klahr (’99) was recently profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle regarding her work with Bay Area public high school students from low-income areas (“Students Gain a Solid Foundation to Build On,” March 4).  The article noted her role as the founder and chief executive of Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development, which she created during her Skadden Fellowship.  “BUILD was founded on the belief that we can close the achievement gap in education in this country if we are able to inspire young people and show them the application of education and the power of it,” she said.  BUILD is an in-school elective that improves academic skills and explains the basics of entrepreneurship.  Students learn how to develop a business plan, secure seed capital through pitches to venture capitalists, run their own businesses and prepare for college.  Suzanne has been honored with a Jefferson Award, which is presented by the American Institute for Public Service, and she serves as a trustee of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.