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Dr. Suzanne Morse is president of Civic Change, Inc., the successor of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. In the organization's almost 20-year history, her vision has made it a national leader in shaping the conversation on community success, civic leadership and civic engagement. From 2009-2011, she was Research Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Her academic specialties are community and economic development at the neighborhood, community, and regional levels with a particular emphasis on strategies for being globally competitive. She has a special interest in the role that citizens can play in that success. In 1999 Whole Earth magazine wrote about the Pew Partnership: "This is the can-do/we'll-show-you-how civic research organization of our dreams The Pew [Partnership] deals in real, field-tested best practices, bridging the gap between theory and the real worldcivic processes or inventions that will actually change the outcome in a community. What more is there?" [+]