Nora OBrien-Suric

Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D.


Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D., became the president of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York in 2017. She has over 20 years of experience in philanthropy.

At The John A. Hartford Foundation, Nora managed a national portfolio focused on academic geriatric education, interdisciplinary education and practice in gerontology. In this role, she helped establish the Aging and Disability Business Institute to provide technical assistance to community-based organizations adapting to the culture change of health care reform.

Nora was named a “WNY Power Woman” by Buffalo Business First in 2021 and 2022, and was included in City & State New York’s 2022 50 Over 50 list.

During her tenure at the Brookdale Foundation, Nora developed the Relatives As Parents Program, an ongoing national initiative providing supportive services to grandparents and other relatives caring for children. She also managed the Brookdale Leadership Fellows, a program that identified and supported emerging leaders in geriatric medicine and gerontology social sciences.

Earlier in her career, Nora served as the Director of National and International Partnerships at the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance. In this capacity, she served as the vice chair of the United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing which provided consultation to the development of the United Nations International Plan on Action on Ageing in 2002.

During her tenure at the New York City Department for the Aging, Nora developed programs that benefited older adults and their caregivers, including establishing the Partnership for Elder Care, a corporate consultation service that provided information and referral services to employed caregivers navigating social services and health care networks.

Nora holds a doctoral degree in social welfare from Hunter College School of Social Work, a master’s degree in gerontology from the California State University at Dominguez Hills, and a certificate in geriatric mental health counseling from the University of Southern California Davis School. Nora is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to Lead the NYS Prevention Agenda, a member of the Age-Friendly NYC Commission and an immediate past member of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee to the Veterans Health Administration.

Nora and her husband, Dragan, relocated to Buffalo in 2017. They are fans of Buffalo’s snowy weather and make the most of it by cross-country skiing. In addition, they enjoy gardening, bicycling and playing with their two zany cockatiels. Most importantly, they have learned firsthand why Buffalo deserves its reputation as the “City of Good Neighbors.”