Susan Liss

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Susan Liss, 2011

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Office Location(s): Washington, DC


  • About

    Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1973, Susan M. Liss has spent her career in public service and public interest law and policy positions. Susan M. Liss is currently the Executive Director of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the premier voice for tobacco control in the U.S. and around the world. Prior to joining the Campaign, Ms. Liss served as the Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, supervising the Center's work on Voting Rights and Elections, the Right to Vote, Money and Politics, Fair and Independent Courts, Census and Redistricting, and New York State Government Accountability.

    In her 30-plus year legal career, Susan has worked for a number of constitutional, civil rights and women's organizations, including the Alliance for Justice, Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, People for the American Way, and the National Women's Law Center

    During the Clinton-Gore administration, she served at the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Policy Development and as Chief of Staff and Counselor in the Civil Rights Division. She also served as Chief of Staff to Mrs. Gore and Special Counsel to the Vice President. 

    From 2001-2004, she was the Executive Director of the Project on Medical Liability in Pennsylvania, a research and public education project of the Columbia University Law School, supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, she was the Director of Federal Relations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Ms. Liss is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.


  • Education
    • University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts
    • Georgetown University Law Center, JD