Susan Lob currently teaches Introduction to Community Organizing at the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Ms. Lob founded and for the last 9 years has directed the Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW), an organization that brings together a diverse group of survivors of domestic violence from across the City to fight to ensure that battered women get the services they need and hold accountable the systems they turn to. Ms. Lob recently authored a report on how NYC Family Courts endanger battered women and children. The report was based on a 3 year effort spearheaded by VOW members to document abuses in the system and has received national attention. She received a Union Square Award and a Sunshine Peace Award for this work.
She has been a professional organizer for over 25 years, helping community residents and victims of abuse demand a seat at the table, shape policies and fight for justice. She worked on a range of issues: tenant organizing and the fight for affordable housing; reducing infant mortality & the need for prenatal care services; welfare rights; child welfare & Family Court reform; food coop organizing; fighting for needed transportation; and ending violence against women.
Ms. Lob developed leadership training programs for community leaders (especially women) and staff of social service agencies, and provided technical assistance to small community based organizations and to social service agencies on a range of organizing issues and involving “clients” in shaping their services. She has extensive experience training staff of domestic violence and child welfare agencies and writing curriculums on how to work with battered women and teen victims of relationship abuse. She authored a report based on extensive study of the need for nonresidential services for battered women that served as the basis for the City’s RFP for these services. Susan has served as the chair of the Child Welfare Committee of the NYC Interagency Task Force Against Domestic Violence, and on the Boards of the NY Asian Women’s Center and the Center for Anti-violence Education. She has been a leader in the battered women’s movement and an activist in many feminist, progressive and anti-war efforts.
Ms. Lob has taught classes in organizing in the worker extension program of Queens College and in the York College BSW program. She has been a field supervisor for CUSSW student interns at VOW for the last 6 years and in previous positions. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and Brooklyn College, and was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University (1986-87).