Program Assistant, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Susan Nahvi advocates on behalf of FCNL in the area of Human Rights and Civil Liberties. She concentrates on several issues, including the Muslim travel ban, Islamophobia, and Syrian refugees. She writes articles that appear on FCNL’s website, lobbies members of Congress, and supports the work of Legislative Director Yasmine Taeb.
A graduate of the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University, Susan wrote her undergraduate thesis on progress achieved for gender equality under the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. Susan holds bachelor’s degrees in International Politics and French and Francophone Studies. As a part of the Paterno Fellows Liberal Arts Honors Program, she studied abroad in France, volunteered as an English as a Second Language tutor, and studied ethics. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha honors societies.
Before coming to FCNL, Susan worked for the development organization Plan International USA, where she was a member of the Foundation Relations Team. Her duties included prospecting for grants, writing grant proposals, and researching funding strategies. As an intern for Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack of Pennsylvania, Susan attended committee meetings, drafted correspondence, and gathered donations for a charity event hosted by the Lieutenant Governor. At Penn State, she researched de facto states in the country Jordan as a research assistant for Professor Douglas Lemke of the Political Science Department. Susan also served as a Stand for State Ambassador with the Green Dot Campaign, where she raised awareness about sexual assault and relationship violence on college campuses.