Ms. Foundation for Women Announces Susan Dickler as New Board Chair

New York, NY – Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced that Susan Dickler has been elected to chair the Ms. Foundation’s Board. Dickler, a longtime advocate for women and girls, will head the 14 person body that offers strategic guidance and oversight to the respected women’s foundation.

“We are thrilled to have Susan serving as our board chair,” said Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. “Her extensive knowledge of reproductive justice issues and decades of experience fighting for the rights and wellbeing of women will be an invaluable asset as we continue the fight to build communities where everyone has the same social, political, and economic opportunities to succeed.”

Dickler has decades of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, focusing primarily on women’s and girls’ reproductive health and rights. She first joined the Ms. Foundation in 1979 as Director of the Reproductive Rights and Health Program. By the end of her first 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.

“I am incredibly excited to be part of the Ms. Foundation for Women board,” said Susan Dickler, incoming Chair of the Ms. Foundation Board. “This is an organization that invests in and fights to empower women and girls across the nation and I am proud to be a member of this team.”

She has also held positions at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood of NYC, and Voters for Choice – a pro-choice PAC where she served as Executive Director. Additionally, Dickler worked with her parents to establish a foundation in their name and served as its Executive Director. Currently, she also serves as the Chair of the Board of Provide (formerly the Abortion Access Project) and on the Boards of Directors of South Africa Partners and Media Voices for Children. Dickler 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.

In addition to Dickler, Lynn Malerba was elected Secretary, Jocelyn Frye was elected Vice Chair, and Jenna Bussman-Wise was elected Treasurer while Seth Rosen, Cathie Harnett, and Suzanne Lerner were also named members of the Board. They join current board members Eve E. Ellis, Heather Arnet, Lauren Embrey, Alicia Lara, Simone Sneed, Gail Wasserman, and Tom Watson.


For more than 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in trailblazing organizations nationwide.