Amanda Sussman


Advocacy, Policy and Government Relations Counsel

Amanda has a proven record in successful advocacy for policy change. As the author of, The Art of the Possible: A Handbook for Political Activism, Amanda has worked with dozens of individuals and organizations with inspired ideas for social change. Her work focuses on transforming idealism into action to realize tangible results.

Amanda and Paula worked closely together at Plan International Canada on programs including Plan's global Because I am a Girl initiative and key priorities for the federal government of Canada such as Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH). She was senior advisor on human rights and refugee issues to federal Cabinet Ministers in the Canadian government, including Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Her background includes extensive experience in human rights advocacy with organizations from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Amanda holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C., and a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Political Science from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.