Susannah Washburn

Susannah Washburn
1126 Taliaferro Hall

Susannah Washburn directs iGIVE, a new program at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in which students live together and learn about philanthropy and social change through research, writing, grant making, and social action projects. Washburn is also a lecturer in the School, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in philanthropy and nonprofit management, and affiliated with the Do Good Institute.

Prior to teaching, Washburn spent 20 years helping social service organizations meet community needs through strategic planning, grant making, and public policy formulation and execution. She served in political appointments under both the Bush and Obama Administrations at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps, where she held various positions, including program officer, senior advisor, and acting chief of staff. She was appointed as executive director of the White House Council for Community Solutions in 2012.

In 2009, Washburn co-authored the Stanford Social Innovation Review cover story, “The New Volunteer Workforce."  She currently serves on the Global Advisory Board for George Mason University’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship and is an adjunct professorial lecturer for the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Washburn speaks on national service, AmeriCorps, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and leadership development at various conferences and student meetings.


• Georgetown University, MPP, 1998

• Wesleyan University, BA, 1993