Susan Markham is a passionate advocate for gender equality and female empowerment speaking often about the essential role of women in politics and development. Susan most recently served at the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. In this position, she advised Agency leadership on gender policy issues, led cross-sectoral program efforts in resilience, adolescent girls’ education and energy, and represented the Agency to the White House and other departments, governments, civil society organizations and private partners. Previously, she led the efforts of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to increase women’s political participation globally as voters, activists, candidates and officeholders. In this role, she was especially proud of her work in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen to help women find and use their voices in their countries. Susan worked earlier in her career in U.S. politics at EMILY’s List, where she ran the Political Opportunity Program and Campaign Corps, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Participation 2000, and five federal and state campaigns. Susan earned degrees from George Washington University and the Ohio State University.