Susan A. Dabaja was sworn in as Council President in January 2014. This is her first term as a councilmember and her first time running for public office.
As a longtime Dearborn resident, Susan was born to a working class family in Dearborn’s south end. She attended Salina Elementary, Stout Middle School and Edsel Ford High School, where she graduated in 1995 and delivered her class commencement address. As a young mother, she went on to graduate from the University of Michigan – Dearborn, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2000. After giving birth to her second child during law school, Susan graduated first in her class from the University of Detroit – Mercy School of Law in 2004, earning her Juris Doctorate degree, magna cum laude. Despite her growing family, Susan was extensively involved in the law school’s Student Bar Association, serving as Class Vice President and Class Representative during her three years. She also participated in numerous student organizations and groups. She was a yearly recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship based upon academic excellence, a CALI Award recipient, inducted in both the Frank Murphy Honor Society and the Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society, and Symposium Editor of the Law Review Board of Directors.
Susan and her husband Majid are the proud parents of three children – Claudia, Joel and Adam. Her family has been a member of the Dearborn Soccer Club for over 9 years. She is a local business owner, practicing law since 2004 in Dearborn where she runs a general practice, specializing in Family and Business law.
Susan remains actively involved in a variety of Community Service Organizations. She is a member of the Dearborn Education Foundation and Vice President of the Dearborn Bar Association. She is a volunteer at the Dearborn Historical Museum, served as a docent for the Friends of the Dearborn Symphony Home Tour, and is a supporter of the Arab American National Museum.
Susan believes that every person deserves the same opportunities to do better, and she will fight every day to ensure that Dearborn remains a city where hard work and determination are rewarded and where everyone has the chance to succeed and raise their family.