Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat heads the U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) and its associated initiative, Overseas Vote. As the Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan orchestrates the work of the foundation around the greater goal of creating an environment conducive to positive electoral reform. Her work encompasses the foundation's strategic and operational planning, innovation and technical development, and commercial and marketing programs. In addition, Susan is actively engaged with voter support, outreach, data licensing, research and policy development programs.
Susan conceived of and organized the End-to-End Verifiable Internet Voting: Specification and Feasibility Study, a research-based examination of secure online voting. Through this and other technology research and development projects, Susan continues to explore the use of the Internet in the future of voting and civic engagement.
An active public speaker, Susan has addressed the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors, among other esteemed organizations. She has also testified in Congress in support of overseas and military voting rights, and has been an outspoken leader in support of improving overseas and military voting policies, which inspired creation of the CLOVE Initiative in 2012. She has also actively participated in the efforts of the Uniform Law Commission to develop and propagate adoption of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voting Act (UMOVA) across the states. US Vote, through Susan’s direct efforts, has been the recipient of grants from The Democracy Fund, the Federal Voting Assistance Program, the Knight Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the JEHT Foundation.
Under Susan’s leadership and creativity, the foundation has positioned itself as the standard bearer for user-oriented voter services. This expertise is demonstrated across the US Vote and Overseas Vote websites and through voter services provided for states and other voter outreach organizations including the State of Ohio, the League of Women Voters, the Skimm and many others.
Susan expanded her focus to include domestic voting challenges as seen by the launch of US Vote. US Vote continued Overseas Vote’s concept of a customized voter services site to provide web applications and information services that assist citizens to become active voters. US Vote piloted a Spanish-language initiative together with Hispanic Communications Network, Voto Ausente USA, across 12 states in 2012, and debuted its first hosted system for the National Association of Colleges and Universities (NAICU) ‘Your Vote Your Voice’ program.
Susan received a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and certifications in organizational development, large-scale project management and marketing from the University of California, Berkeley. She was honored as a Google Fellow at the Personal Democracy Forum 2009 in Barcelona, and is a participating member of the Election Verification Network. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Susan and her family reside in Munich, Germany.