Suzanne Abair

Suzanne Abair became a co-owner and CEO of the Atlanta Dream (WNBA), a professional women’s basketball team based in Atlanta, GA, in March 2021. Suzanne oversees the day-to-day operations for the organization and collaborates closely with the team’s senior leadership to ensure the goals established for the organization are being met. The Dream celebrates diversity, represents Atlanta, and empowers women both on and off the court. The team currently plays home games at the Gateway Center Arena and has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in nine of its first 16 seasons. Suzanne is the team’s representative on the WNBA Board of Governors.

Suzanne also serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for Northland, a real estate private equity firm with $8 billion of assets under management, including more than 26,000 residential units and 2.1 million square feet of commercial space, and a $3 billion development pipeline. Suzanne oversees the day-to-day management of all aspects of Northland’s operations and leads certain strategic initiatives. Northland’s core competency is the acquisition, development, long-term ownership, and management of multifamily and mixed-use assets. The firm currently owns and manages properties across sixteen states. Northland was named to the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) list of Top 50 Largest Apartment Owners for the past six years and was recently recognized again on Multifamily Leaderships’ list of Best Places to Work Multifamily, and the Top 25 Best Places to Work Multifamily for Women. Suzanne joined the company in 2004 and served as General Counsel for twelve years before becoming COO.
Before joining Northland, Suzanne was a partner at the law firm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, in Boston. She was previously an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York City.

Suzanne holds a BS from Ithaca College, magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor from SUNY Buffalo School of Law, summa cum laude. She serves on the Board and as a member of the Finance Committee of YW Boston, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is eliminating racism and empowering women, and she is also a member of the Dream Big! National Advisory Board, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower girls and young women through sports and physical activities. Suzanne also serves on the Syracuse University Boston Regional Council.