Susan G. Esserman

Susan Esserman
Visiting Professor; Director, SAFE Center

Ambassador Susan G. Esserman founded and leads the SAFE Center. She is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based international law firm, where she is chair of the firm’s International Trade and Investment Group and a member of the Executive Committee. She leads the firm’s pro bono program on behalf of survivors of human trafficking, and she has personally represented a number of human trafficking survivors, including those residing in Prince George’s County near the SAFE Center. She also has developed close working relationships with law enforcement focused on human trafficking in the area, including members of the Prince George’s County Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She participates on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force.

Ambassador Esserman held four senior positions in the Clinton administration, including Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (with the rank of ambassador), Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and General Counsel to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards with a women’s rights and international focus.

Ambassador Esserman is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Michigan Law School.