Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Susan Markham

Susan Markham is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. In that role, she is working to improve the lives of citizens around the world by advancing equality between females and males, and empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from the development of their societies. Susan comes with an extensive background in both domestic and international women’s political empowerment. She most recently served as Director of Women’s Political Participation at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Susan previously directed EMILY’s List Campaign Corp program and later the Political Opportunity Program to recruit, train and support women candidates running for statewide, legislative and local offices in 35 U.S. states. She also worked at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, managed several statewide campaigns and served as a senior strategist for the Child Nutrition Initiative, California List and the New Organizing Institute. Susan started her career as a political fundraiser, serving as the finance director for the Ohio Democratic Party, and executive director of Participation 2000 (a multi-candidate political action committee). Susan has a B.A. in political science and international studies from the Ohio State University. She received her master’s degree in public policy and women’s studies from George Washington University.