Susan Shaer is a leader of women in politics. She heads the national women's peace and security organization WAND (Women's Action for New Directions), a politically savvy, progressive policy organization with an affiliated PAC that has helped elect 48 women to the U.S. Congress. WAND produces policy papers on topics such as private sector jobs that can replace military jobs, climate security, where military spending is hidden in the federal budget, and more.
A leader of the anti-war movement, Shaer initiated and cochairs Win Without War, the national mainstream coalition against the U.S. war in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a founder of Faithful Security (the National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger), previously cochaired Project Abolition, and served on the executive team of the Peace and Security Initiative.
Shaer is a founding member of the Campaign for America's Future; the head of the Clearinghouse for Women Candidates at the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School, Harvard; an award-winning cable TV moderator; and a radio commentator on women in politics and issues related to empowering women to act politically to reduce excessive military spending and redirect it to unmet human and environmental needs.
Shaer has trained women to run for office from Caribbean nations and Mexico, and has helped NGOs in Kosovo learn how to build transparency in government.