Suzie Abdou

Class of 2017

Suzie Abdou has a proven track record of advocating for women’s issues. She served an international post with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs’ Jordan field office, where she managed the institute’s Women’s Political Participation & Parliamentary Development program. Previously, Suzie served as the Director of Global Programs at Women's Voices Now, a not-for-profit organization focused on media and women’s rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Suzie has been a regular guest on NPR and news television programs to discuss current political issues in the Middle East.
As a part of her international service, in early 2016, Suzie led a needs assessment and service mission to the refugee camps in Greece, Serbia and France. She and her team developed long-term programmatic solutions to assist local organizations in meeting refugee needs including food, shelter, legal and medical relief. Fundraising and raising awareness to the plight of refugees is just one of her on-going commitments to human rights and social justice.
Suzie is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Fellow with the Truman Project on National Security and a Franklin Fellow with the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination and Board Member of The Markaz Arts Center for the Greater Middle East and the For the People Political Action Committee. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of California Riverside, a Master’s degree in Orthodox Christian Theology from the University of Balamand and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Ancient Greek from Loyola Marymount University.

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