Suzanne Besú Truchard is a practicing attorney, small businesswoman, mother, and community leader in the Napa Valley. She knows how to get the job done and never shies away from hard work - something she learned from a young age as the daughter of Cuban immigrants.
When Fidel Castro overthrew the Cuban government in 1959, more than a million Cubans fled and emigrated to the United States. Castro began to nationalize private property the following year, and Concha and Benito Besú, Suzanne’s grandparents, lost everything. They left behind their family farm after spending years caring for the land they called home. They arrived in the United States in the pursuit of a better life, leaving Cuba with only two suitcases and the clothes on their backs.
Upon arriving in Miami, Florida, Suzanne’s grandfather was ready to work as hard as ever to chart his own path forward in the pursuit of the American Dream. He drove trucks and took on odd jobs to earn money and to keep his family fed. Many years later, he and his wife were able to open their own small business – a family-owned jewelry store. It was a true American success story in a time of adversity.
Suzanne’s upbringing wasn’t always easy. At the age of 6, her parents divorced, and she moved into a working-class apartment complex with her mother and her sister. Suzanne’s upbringing instilled in her a strong work ethic from a young age, earning her acceptance to Harvard University, where she graduated with a degree in Health Policy with honors. She then graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and is now a member of the California and Florida Bar Associations.
While practicing land use and real estate law in her hometown of Miami, Suzanne visited the Bay Area on a work trip, and fell in love with the Bay Area. She met her husband Anthony, a multi-generational Napa resident who shares her interests in law, family, community, and protecting Napa County’s rural, agricultural heritage. Coupled with their commitment to economic and environmental sustainability, these priorities have been cornerstones in their efforts to be hard-working, socially conscious citizens.
Suzanne has lived in Napa for over a decade and, in addition to working in her legal and real estate practice, has been actively involved in the community through both her service on the Board of Trustees of OLE Health Foundation and her extensive pro bono work within the Latinx community. Through Leadership Napa Valley, she gained unique insight into the many facets and intricacies of Napa County. Suzanne is a recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s Latino Business Leadership Award, and participates in the Napa Latino Leadership Association.
Suzanne cares deeply about the value of education, and mentors underprivileged students applying to college so that they can benefit from mentorship as she did.
When she’s not working for her clients and community, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her husband and two children: Anthony (8) and Zuzu (5).