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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

Susan Markham

Susan Markham joined NDI in 2010 as director of women's political participation supporting the aspirations of women around the world to be equal and active partners in shaping and leading democratic societies. NDI’s creative and wide-ranging programs engage women in legislatures, political parties and civil society as leaders, activists and informed citizens. These programs create an environment where women can advocate on matters of policy, run for political office, govern effectively, and participate meaningfully in every facet of civic and political life.

Ms. Markham started her political career in 1994 with Participation 2000, working on a statewide campaign as a fundraiser. Since that time she has served as the finance director for the Ohio Democratic Party, executive director of Participation 2000 (a multi-candidate political action committee) and campaign manager for four statewide campaigns. She also acted as director of Senate services at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Ms. Markham joined EMILY’s List in 2005 to manage its Campaign Corps program and later the Political Opportunity Program (POP) and the training department. In 2007, she was named deputy political director where she supervised the $2.5 million POP program recruiting, training and supporting women candidates running for statewide, legislative and local office in 35 states.

Most recently, she worked as a senior strategist at the Campaign Workshop, where she consulted for the Child Nutrition Initiative, California List and the New Organizing Institute.

Ms. Markham’s work has taken her to many countries around the world where she has conducted trainings, facilitated working groups, engaged political parties and addressed numerous conferences on the importance and best practices of increasing women’s involvement in the political process.

She has a B.A. in political science and international studies from Ohio State University. She received her master's degree in public policy and women's studies from George Washington University.

Selected writings from Ms. Markham: