Susan Blaustein

    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:Founder
    • Organization:WomenStrong International
    • Area of Expertise:International urban development & women

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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: International urban development & women
      Summary of expertise:
      I founded and lead WomenStrong International (WSI), a collaborative of NGOs in five countries dedicated to eradicating extreme urban poverty by enabling women and girls to live healthy, fulfilling lives. WomenStrong provides support, builds bridges and shares innovative and successful strategies that can make a difference around the world. WSI Consortium members work in impoverished urban settings in Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, India and the United States.

      The impetus for WomenStrong was my work directing the Millennium Cities Initiative, a project of the Earth Institute at Columbia University committed to sustainable urban development across the sub-Saharan region. There, over the course of a decade, we repeatedly witnessed the effectiveness of local women and girls in the cities’ poorest communities, as they took the lead in effecting transformative change.

      Prior to my work at the Earth Institute, I served as a senior consultant and analyst with the International Crisis Group, with the Coalition for International Justice, and reported on conflict, politics, economics and social injustice from the Balkans, Southeast Asia, and Washington, DC, for such publications as The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The New Republic and the Los Angeles Times. I served previously as Assistant Professor at Columbia University, where I still teach.
      Blog/Web site:
      Facebook: @womenstrongintl
      Books/articles published:

      Harvard Junior Fellowship
      Guggenheim Fellowship
      National Endowment for the Arts

      Prior media experience:
      I have spoken at numerous conferences and have given a number of interviews.
      Educational background:
      Yale University, DMA (1985)
      Yale University, MMA (1980)
      Yale University MM (1978)
      Pomona College, BA (1975)
      social justice, urban development (in the US and internationally), gender equity

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