Susannah Wellford

CEO & Founder

Running Start

Susannah is a globally recognized expert on women in politics, and she speaks frequently about the importance of inspiring more young women to enter politics. In addition to speaking and training at law schools, universities, nonprofits and private companies in the US, she has lectured in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Israel, Belgium, Ukraine, Algeria, England, Germany and Russia.  She served as an opinion contributor at US News and World Report on gender and politics, and she is the coauthor of a chapter in “Feminist Pedagogy, Practice and Activism: Improving Lives for Girls and Women.” She has won multiple awards for her work, including the ExCelHonors Youth Advocate Award in 2019, and the John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service from Davidson College in 2020. Susannah recently participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Course (JCOC), the oldest and most prestigious public liaison program in the United States Department of Defense. In the spring of 2020, Susannah began teaching Women and Political Leadership at American University.