Suzanne Ehlers serves as the CEO of Malala Fund since February 2020. In this role, she provides leadership to a global network of experts and advocates who are breaking down barriers that prevent girls from going to school– allowing them to learn and lead. Suzanne works closely with co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, a highly regarded board of directors and a stellar professional team to advance progress toward girls’ education around the world.

Prior to her appointment at Malala Fund, Suzanne served as President & CEO of PAI, a global advocacy leader in the effort to protect and promote the reproductive rights of women and girls. Under Suzanne’s leadership, PAI’s budget almost quadrupled and the organization dramatically expanded its work to more countries, spreading shared wealth and building collective power.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Ehlers was a grantmaker at Wallace Global Fund. At WGF, she supported a grants portfolio that broke new ground in the field of sustainable forestry and laid the early foundation for philanthropic engagement on climate change.

Ms. Ehlers served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic (CAR) following her graduation from Cornell University with a degree in Government. Suzanne speaks French, Spanish and Sango (language of the CAR) at various levels of proficiency. She is an avid walker and baker. She grew up in south Texas and now resides in Washington, DC, with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

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