Susan Lob founded the Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW), and serves as its director. VOW brings together a diverse group of survivors of domestic violence from across the city to ensure that battered women get the services they need and hold accountable the systems they turn to. Ms. Lob received a Union Square Award and a Sunshine Peace Award for her report on the ways in which NYC family courts endanger battered women and children. The report was based on a three year effort spearheaded by VOW members to document abuses in the system.
Ms. Lob has been a professional organizer for over twenty-five years on issues including tenant organizing, affordable housing, infant mortality reduction, access to prenatal care services, welfare rights, child welfare and family court reform, food co-op organizing, transportation access, and ending violence against women.
Ms. Lob developed leadership training programs for community leaders and staff of social service agencies, focusing on women trainees. She provided technical assistance to community based organizations and to social service agencies on a range of organizing issues, including how they might better involve their “clients” in shaping their services. She has experience training staff of domestic violence and child welfare agencies. She has developed curricula on working with battered women and teen victims of relationship abuse. Her report on the need for nonresidential services for battered women was the basis of the city’s RFP for those services. She 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.
Ms. Lob has taught organizing in the worker extension program of Queens College and at York College. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College and the Columbia School of Social Work, where she was a Revson Fellow.