Suzanne Nossel serves as the chief
executive officer of PEN America, the leading human rights and free
expression organization. Since joining PEN America in 2013, Nossel has
overseen a doubling of the organization’s staff and budget and
groundbreaking work on free expression in Hong Kong and China, Myanmar,
Eurasia and the United States.
Previously, Nossel’s career spanned
government service and leadership roles in the corporate and non-profit
sectors. She served as the chief operating officer of Human Rights Watch
and as executive director of Amnesty International USA. During the
first term of the Obama Administration, Nossel served as Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, where she
led U.S. engagement in the United Nations and multilateral institutions
on human rights and humanitarian issues. During the Clinton
Administration, Nossel was Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador for U.N.
Management and Reform at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Additionally, Nossel coined the term “Smart Power,” which was the title
of a 2004 article she published in Foreign Affairs Magazine and later became the theme of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure in office.
Nossel is a former senior fellow at the
Century Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Council on
Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of both Harvard College and
Harvard Law School.