About

Susan Burton is the Founder and Executive Director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women.

She is nationally known as an advocate for restoring basic civil and human rights to those who have served time.

Not only has Susan received the prestigious Citizen Activist Award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Law. In 2015, on the 50th Anniversary of Selma and the Voting Rights Act, Susan Burton was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of eighteen New Civil Rights Leaders in the nation.

Susan has been a Starbucks® “Upstander,” a CNN Top 10 Hero, a Soros Justice Fellow, a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow at the California Women’s Foundation, A Violence Prevention Fellow with the California Wellness Foundation, and is the co-author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton (The New Press). She lives in Los Angeles.