Susan M. Liss

Former Director, Democracy

Susan M. Liss was the Director of the Democracy Program, supervising the Center's work on Voting Rights and Elections, the Right to Vote, Money and Politics, Fair and Independent Courts, Census and Redistricting, and New York State Government Accountability. In her 30-plus year legal career, Susan has worked for a number of constitutional, civil rights and women's organizations, including the Alliance for Justice, Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, People for the American Way, and the National Women's Law Center. During the Clinton-Gore administration, she served at the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Policy Development and as Chief of Staff and Counselor in the Civil Rights Division. She also served as Chief of Staff to Mrs. Gore and Special Counsel to the Vice President. From 2001-2004, she was the Executive Director of the Project on Medical Liability in Pennsylvania, a research and public education project of the Columbia University Law School, supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, she was the Director of Federal Relations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Georgetown University Law Center, and a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.