Susan V. Downing
Susan V. Downing is a lifelong activist and philanthropist promoting culture and the arts in Chicago. She has been responsible for coordinating and developing numerous successful fund raising events around the city.
Downing currently serves as president of the Women's Board of the Alder Planetarium. She is a member of the Goodman Theatre's Women's Board, the Board of Gold Coast Neighbors, and the Sarah Siddons Society and is presently on the Adler Planetarium Trustee Board.
She is also engaged with the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) and the Junior League of Chicago.
Sincere devotion to Columbia College is aligned with her son, Benjamin ('99), a Columbia College alumnus. Since her son's graduation, Susan has been a continuous donor to the President's Club.
In 2005 Ms. Downing was appointed to co-chair the Parent's Fund and to serve on the Institutional Advancement Committee. She was also successful in securing a scholarship for theater students at Columbia College from the Sarah Siddons Society.
Ms. Downing has three grown sons and resides in Chicago.