Susan Kahn Stern
Susan Stern is a community activist and political advocate locally in New York and nationally.
In 2008 she was appointed by Governor Paterson to chair the State Commission on National and Community Service which manages National and Community Service programming, AmeriCorps grants and works to increase the level of volunteerism throughout the state of New York.
In that role, she
served on the Governor's cabinet.
In 2010 she
was one of the National co-conveners of the National Conference on Service and Volunteering that was held in New York City.
During the 2008 Presidential Campaign Susan chaired the National Council of Civic Leaders for Hillary Clinton
and served as a Jewish Leadership Co-Chair for the Obama Campaign
during the general election.
Susan is the past Chairman of the Board of UJA- Federation of New York the nation's largest local philanthropy where she also served as Campaign Chair.
Nationally she is a Past President and Past Chair of National Women's Philanthropy of United Jewish Communities.
In 1993 she
was one of the co-creators of the International Lion of Judah Conference.
In 1991 she
was the Chair of the Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Appeal and was asked to be one of the eyewitnesses to Operation Solomon.
Over the years she
has visited Jewish communities throughout the world including Ethiopia, Argentina, Cuba, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Russia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Latvia and Ukraine and speaks extensively about the needs of Jews around the world.
Additionally, Susan serves on the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee overseeing its government affairs portfolio and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
At the University of Michigan, she serves on the LSA Dean's Advisory Committee and the Organizational Studies Advisory Group.
At Hebrew Union College she serves on the President's Advisory Board.
Susan was selected as a Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow and currently serves on the Foundation's Alumni Council.
She is a Trustee of The Washington Institute and on the Leadership Council of Repair the World.
has received numerous accolades for her
dedication to philanthropic causes including the William Rosenwald Young Leadership Award
of UJA, the Institute of Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee
and the Scroll of Honor Award of the Israel Policy Forum
Prior to her involvement in philanthropic causes, Susan served as Director of Quality Assurance at the American Dental Association, where she authored a book on Quality Assurance in Dentistry and lectured extensively on the subject.
lives with her
husband Jeffrey in Scarsdale, New York.