- Co-chair of Win Without War
- Executive Director of Women’s Action for New Directions
Susan Shaer earned a BS in education, literature and communications from Bowling Green State University in 1966, and a graduate degree in literature from American University two years later. In 1993 she joined the staff of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) and has served as that organization’s executive director ever since. She has also been the national co-chair of Win Without War (WWW) since 2002.
In addition to her work with WAND and WWW, Shaer has served variously as co chair of Project Abolition and the National Coalition for Peace and Justice; a founding member of the Campaign for America’s Future; a directors’ board member with the League of Women Voters (LWV); president of LWV’s Massachusetts chapter (1984-87); co-founder and president of the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts (1987-89); director of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (1987-99); executive director of the Massachusetts Tax Comission (1989-90); director of the Clearinghouse for Women Candidates (at the Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics); a consultant for the National Democratic Institute; a featured contributor to theHuffington Post; a team member of the Peace & Security Initiative (2003-09); and an editor/advisory board member of the Peace Majority Report, Teen Voices magazine, and EMERGE Massachusetts.
On March 8, 2010, Shaer was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate International Women’s Day. “President Obama has made it clear, as has the rest of the world,” Shaer said in an interview with the Arlington Advocate, “that we do not need nuclear weapons.”
In April 2010, Shaer participated in the 62nd Annual Conference on World Affairs, a yearly University of Colorado-Boulder event featuring panel discussions among experts on a broad spectrum of international matters.
In March 2015, Shaer was a signatory to the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act, which which called for an end to Defense Department spending on the research, development, testing, and procurement of such assets as a long-range penetrating bomber aircraft; SSBN-X submarine bombers; a new intercontinental ballistic missile; a new air-launched cruise missile; and a nuclear-capable F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
In celebration of “Women’s Equality Day” on August 25, 2015, Shaer praised U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman for her work as the leading American negotiator of the “historic” Iran nuclear deal—an agreement that allowed the Islamist regime in Tehran to enrich uranium, build advanced centrifuges, purchase ballistic missiles, fund terrorism, and be guaranteed of having a near-zero breakout time to the development of a nuclear bomb approximately a decade down the road. (For additional details about the accord, click here.) Shaer described the Iran agreement as “perhaps the most important peace and security negotiation in this century,” and as proof “that diplomacy works to solve the most intractable problems.” On February 1, 2016, she published an article celebrating the fact that “as a result of the deal, Iran has gone from being two to three months away from enough material for one bomb to one year away.”
Shaer’s husband is Democratic State Representative Jim Marzilli of Massachusetts.
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