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YPN5Q: Alene Sussman, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis attorney

A native of Minneapolis, Alene G. Sussman started her career in New York City in sports management, but moved on to politics, other assorted industries, and figured out what she really wanted to do with her career was to go into law. After attending Howard School of Law, she spent four years as a Litigator at Dorsey and Whitney LLP and recently joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as an Attorney.

Name: Alene G. Sussman
Age: 35
Current job title: Attorney
Current employer: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Alene has also spent a lot of her time volunteering at local nonprofits in the areas of public affairs, arts, Alzheimer’s, education, young professional engagement, law, workforce development, social justice, diversity, as well as volunteering and fundraising for various political campaigns. Back in 2007, Alene started a young professionals networking group which provides educational, social, cultural, and political affairs opportunities for those in the local Jewish community.

1. How would other people describe you — using only adjectives?
Compassionate
Strong-willed
“Planner” (a title my friends have officially given me)
Laughs (mostly at herself)
Organized

2. Outside of your job, how do you grow professionally?
I dedicate a large part of my time outside of work to volunteering in the community. I am fortunate to have many examples in my family of what it means to give back to the community. My family taught me that giving back is not a discussion; it is just what you do. The Twin Cities is a place where many people give back in some form or another and it was recently recognized as having the highest rate of volunteering in the country among large metro areas. Involvement at that level has made the Twin Cities a better place to live and work. There are so many opportunities for people, especially young professionals, to get involved with local organizations. That involvement not only elevates the community, but also can help you learn and improve upon skills that translate to your professional career.

Alene Sussman
Alene Sussman

3. What are some things you do outside of your day job?
One of my favorite things to do is to eat out with my husband and we frequently indulge in the multitude of amazing and tasty restaurants the Twin Cities has to offer. I also have a food blog, Chewishblog, which I try to consistently update with my favorite foods. Then, I attempt to exercise to balance the dining out.

4. Which living person do you most admire?
Muhammad Ali. During the height of his career he stood firm on his convictions and lost almost everything, but ended up back on top.  He not only talked the talk, but walked the walk, which very few people are brave enough to do these days.

5. What do you order at a coffee shop?
I am not a coffee or tea drinker so hot chocolate is my go to drink. The Mexican hot chocolate at Bob’s Java Hut is my favorite in town. It combines chocolate and a variety of spices such as chilies that give it a spicy kick. Delicious!

This article originally appeared at BePollen.com.

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