Susan Stern is a community activist and political advocate locally in New York and nationally. In 2008 she was appointed by Governor Paterson to chair the State Commission on National and Community Service which manages National and Community Service programming, AmeriCorps grants and works to increase the level of volunteerism throughout the state of New York.
In that role, she served on the Governor’s cabinet. In 2010 she was one of the National co-conveners of the National Conference on Service and Volunteering that was held in New York City. Susan is the past Chairman of the Board of UJA- Federation of New York the nation’s largest local philanthropy where she also served as Campaign Chair. Nationally she is a Past President and Past Chair of National Women’s Philanthropy of United Jewish Communities. In 1993 she was one of the co-creators of the International Lion of Judah Conference. In 1991 she was the Chair of the Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Appeal and was asked to be one of the eyewitnesses to Operation Solomon.