Susanna Blankley

Community Action for Safe Apartments
Director of Housing Organizing

Key Topics: Community organizing, Leadership development (curriculum, training and support), Campaign development, Policy innovations, Tenants rights, Affordable housing, Coalition building.

Bio: Susanna Blankley is the Director of Housing Organizing of Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), a project of New Settlement Apartments, in the Southwest Bronx. CASA is made up of more than 1,400 community members who work together to improve the living conditions in the Bronx and maintain affordable housing through collective action.

Susanna has close to ten years of labor and tenant organizing experience. Before organizing, Susanna worked to advance Women’s Rights in Ecuador, New York City, and Kenya. Susanna received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her Masters in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Partnering for Impact: Innovative Collaborations for Effective Organizing Conference – Panel Speaker, “Grassroots Policymaking”.
  • The Center for Bronx Non Profits Forum: “The Promise of Affordability: The de Blasio Plan and the Challenge for the Bronx,” Panel Speaker.
  • “Housing Justice: A Public Forum on New Yorkers Right to Counsel in Eviction Proceedings.” Plenary and Closing Speaker.