Susan Hackley


Susan Hackley is Managing Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, an academic center that helps people around the world learn how to deal effectively with conflict, solve problems, and build relationships.

For three years, she served as Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building peace and security worldwide. She has also worked as a writer, photographer, political analyst and speechwriter, and was co-founder of an Internet company that helped people connect to causes they care about.

Currently, Susan is working on A Child’s Guide to War. This is a project is deeply personal to her. Her son Zac was a Marine Corps infantryman who fought in Iraq. Her college boyfriend Bill served – and died – in Vietnam. She wants to have better conversations in the US about why we go to war.