Frontier Group Director Susan Rakov has spent the past two decades working to build the organizational and intellectual infrastructure of the public interest movement. A graduate of Harvard University, Susan worked during the 1980s to develop and oversee the national staff recruitment program and coordinated grant-seeking efforts of the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), U.S. PIRG. Later, she served as executive assistant to the Chair of the Public Interest Network, helping to build capacity, membership and political power for social change organizations across the nation.
In 1996, Susan became the founding director of Frontier Group. Initially launched to conduct research and policy analysis during the 1996 campaign for a cutting-edge California campaign finance reform initiative, Frontier Group was transformed under Susan's leadership into a multi-issue think tank providing research and policy development support to organizations throughout the Public Interest Network, including U.S. PIRG, Environment America and their respective state affiliates. Over the past decade, Susan has worked to expand Frontier Group's research staff and the range of issue areas the group addresses. Susan's current priorities include overseeing Frontier Group's operations, guiding the group's program and policy development work, and spearheading efforts to build alliances with like-minded research, policy and advocacy organizations. Susan is based in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her husband and two children.