Susan Dickler has worked in the nonprofit sector since graduating college in the late 1960s, primarily in the field of women’s and girls’ reproductive health and rights. She worked at the national office of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood of NYC. She was Executive Director of Voters for Choice, a pro-choice PAC in Washington, D. C., during the Reagan years.
Susan’s work in philanthropy reaches back to 1979, when she joined the staff of the Ms. Foundation for Women as Director of the Reproductive Rights and Health Program. By the end of her tenure at the Ms. Foundation, she was Grants Director, in charge of all program areas relating to the primary mission of the foundation – empowering women and girls. After her move to Boston in 1990, Susan stayed on with the Ms. Foundation for four years as a consultant.
After receiving an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government in 1995, Susan worked with her parents on establishing a foundation in their name. As Executive Director, she created and managed an annual grants program in three program areas and provided leadership on the Board of directors. She has been active in the foundation community through her presentations at meetings and membership on organizational Boards.
Currently, Susan serves is the Chair of the Board of Provide (formerly the Abortion Access Project) and serves on the Boards of Directors of South Africa Partners and Media Voices for Children. She has a BA from Brandeis University, an MSW from Columbia University, and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is married with four children and lives in New York City and W. Tisbury, MA.