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Susan Sachs Goldman

Board of Governors Member since 2020, Previous Member 2008-2019

Writer and civic volunteer Susan Goldman is a native Washingtonian who has been a lover of the Folger Library her whole life.  She is a historian, whose book, Friends in Deed: The Story of Quaker Social Reform in America, was published in 2012.  She is currently working on a project on the history of the District of Columbia.

Susan has a long record of community service in the DC area and beyond.  She has been a trustee of the American Jewish Committee (1975-97); Arena Stage (1983-1991), the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (1992-2000); and the Washington Historical Society (1999-2005).  She has also served on the Board of the Breakthrough Collaborative (2002-2008), and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School (2003-2010).  From 1989-2000, she served on the Board of Sidwell Friends School, the last three years as Chair.  During these years, she co-chaired a very successful capital campaign.  For many years, Susan has tutored DC public school students in reading. 

Awards include the Newmyer Award for Service from Sidwell Friends and the Seymour Preston Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education/National Association of Independent Schools (CASE/NAIS), both bestowed in 2000.   

Susan earned a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College and an M.A. in American history from Brandeis University. She has three children and 10 grandchildren.