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Susan Stroud

Office of Global Operations, Peace Corps
Senior Fellow, Honey Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at The George Washington University

In March 2023 Susan Stroud started work in the Office of Global Operations at the Peace Corps as Project Expert on Host Country Volunteerism.  Expanding volunteerism in counties that host Peace Corps Volunteers is a new strategic goal of the agency.   

Since 2016 Susan has been a Senior Fellow at the Honey Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at George Washington University.  In this position, Susan has started a national service oral history project, working with students and faculty to complete more than 75 oral history interviews.  She has also co-founded the National Service Archive at Indiana University. 

In 2015-16 Susan served as the National Service Advisor at the US Peace Corps. 

Susan was the founding director of Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), a non-profit she founded in 2001 and led until 2015 to expand opportunities globally for young people to engage in civic activities that improve their communities and develop their civic knowledge, skills and values. ICP served as the secretariat for the International Association for National Youth Service, a global network of practitioners, policymakers and researchers in the youth service field.

In 2005 she was the co-founder with Tufts University of the Talloires Network, a coalition of 300 universities in 70 countries that share a commitment to encouraging civic engagement and social responsibility.

Susan served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the White House Office of National Service during the Clinton administration to create the Corporation for National Service and the AmeriCorps program.   Susan then worked at the Corporation for National Service from its start up in 1993 until 1998 as senior advisor to the CEO, director of the Office of Federal Partnerships, and the first director of Learn and Serve America, a $43 million annual grants program. 

From 1998-2001, Susan worked at the Ford Foundation on a special initiative to support the development of youth civic engagement policies and programs internationally. Specifically, she worked in South Africa to develop programs and a national higher education and service policy, in Mexico on the rejuvenation of the Servicio Social, on a youth civic engagement program with NGOs in Russia, on program development in the Middle East, and other initiatives.  

From 1978-1993 Susan worked at Brown University as Assistant to the President of the university and was the founding director of both the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown and Campus Compact