LHU alumna named 2019 Woman of Influence

Deborah Suder

LOCK HAVEN — Deborah Suder, 1981 graduate of Lock Haven University and LHU council of trustees’ secretary, has been named one of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2019 Women of Influence. Suder has been the senior principal with the Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney government relations team in Harrisburg for the last 25 years.

The Women of Influence awards honor women business leaders for their contributions to their companies, industries and communities. More than 400 people attended the awards ceremony on June 24 at the Hilton Harrisburg. The event highlighted more than 40 women who have helped build businesses and nonprofits in the region.

Suder received a bachelor’s degree in political science and pre-law at LHU and a master’s degree in governmental administration from The University of Pennsylvania. Since 1993, she has been a member of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, in the firm’s state government relations section. In 2002, Suder received an Outstanding Young Woman of America Award and in 2009 was noted in Susquehanna Valley magazine as a Woman of Excellence.

She has served on boards of directors for numerous organizations, including the Lock Haven Alumni Association and the Harrisburg Regional Chamber. She has served on the government affairs committee of the Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives, the legislative and developmental affairs committee of the State System of Higher Education Advocacy and the government relations committee of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber.

Her other civic activities include the Pennsylvania Council of Alumni Associations and service as a faculty member for Leadership Harrisburg Area. She was recognized by Best Lawyers as Pennsylvania’s 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Government Relations Sector and in 2015, she was inducted into the LHU Business Hall of Fame. She also established the Deborah Suder Science Scholarship at LHU in 2014 for a senior majoring in geology.

“I am very thankful for all the opportunities Lock Haven University has provided me,” Suder said. “My advisor, professor Washburn, opened the doors into the world of advocacy, assisting my clients with statutory and regulatory issues, which I have thoroughly enjoyed over the past 38 years.”

To read about the Women of Influence in the CPBJ, visit https://www.cpbj.com/women-influence-2019/. Suder is featured on page 29.