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Susan Shaer

Executive Director,
Arlington, MA

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Susan Shaer is a leader of women in politics. She leads the national women's peace and security organization, Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), a politically savvy, progressive policy organization with an affiliated PAC that has helped elect 47 women to the U.S. Congress. WAND produces policy papers on topics such as jobs that can replace military jobs, energy security, where military spending is hidden in the federal budget, and more.

A leader of the anti-war movement, Shaer initiated and co-chairs Win Without War, the national mainstream coalition against the U.S. war in Iraq. A founder of Faithful Security, the National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger, she currently serves on the executive team of the Peace and Security Initiative. She previously co-chaired Project Abolition.

Shaer is a founding member of the Campaign for America's Future, the head of the Clearinghouse for Women Candidates at the Kennedy School Institute of Politics, Harvard, an award-winning cable TV moderator, and frequent radio commentator on women in politics and issues related to WAND's mission Ñ empowering women to act politically to reduce excessive military spending and redirect it to unmet human and environmental needs.

Shaer has trained women from Caribbean nations and Mexico to run for office and has helped NGOs in Kosovo learn how to build transparency in government. Previously, she was one of the initiators of the landmark lawsuit that caused the Massachusetts Supreme Court to order an increase in state spending on public education. She also cofounded the most important tax and budget policy organization in Massachusetts.

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