Ms. Susan Corke
German Marshall Fund
Ms. Susan Corke is a senior fellow and director of the bipartisan Transatlantic Democracy Working Group (TDWG) with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) based in the Washington, DC, office. In this role she is building a bipartisan and transatlantic platform for discourse and coordination to address democratic backsliding in Europe. Susan has been a skilled expert and practitioner for 15 years in protecting human rights, promoting tolerance, and supporting democratic reform on the ground in Europe and Eurasia. Prior to joining GMF, she was director of Countering Antisemitism and Extremism at Human Rights First. She joined Human Rights First after 5 years at Freedom House where she was director of programs for Europe, Eurasia, and Southeast Asia. She has been regular commentator in American and European media and testified on Capitol Hill several times to bear witness to urgent human rights issues. Before joining Freedom House, Susan held senior positions at the U.S. Department of State, in Washington, DC for which she received Superior and Meritorious Honor awards; most recently she was the deputy director for European Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). She also served in stints at U.S. Embassy Moscow, U.S. Embassy Prague, the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and in the Bureau of Public Affairs as a Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to the State Department, Susan helped found and manage the U.S. Foreign Policy Institute at George Washington University (GWU). Susan has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.