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40 under 40

American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), 2019

NextGen 10: Philanthropy, Art, & Culture

CSQ, 2018

Alumni of the Decade

Cardozo School of Law, 2017

“We Are Emily” Award

Emily’s List, 2017


Next Generation of Philanthropists

Town and Country Magazine, 2016 


Media Surrogate

Hillary for America, 2016


40 Under 40 Movers and Shakers

Washington Life Magazine, 2014, 2016, 2017

Truman Values Award

Truman National Security Project, 2012


40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Politics

New Leaders Council, 2008 

“Telling stories in advocacy is not a new tool, but this issue and this moment need to be humanized and the stories are the way to do it.”


  • Created and implemented nationwide, high-level surrogate program in 2018 for Democratic candidates and trained first-time women candidates in New York State
  • She is a leading Democratic political strategist with over 200 appearances on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, HLN, and CBS and whose views are frequently featured in national news outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek, Reuters, and Politico.
  • On air spokesperson with over 150 appearances on cable news networks: Fox News, MSNBC, CNN 
  • Ran independent youth arm of the Democratic Party for 2012 Election, which had record youth turnout
  • Directed a legislative and grassroots advocacy campaign culminating in the landmark repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) law

Emily Tisch Sussman has been at the forefront of executing strategy for the progressive movement in America for more than a decade. She is a leading democratic political strategist with over 200 appearances on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, HLN, and CBS, and nearly 100 in the past year. Her views are also frequently featured in national news outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek, Reuters, and Politico. 

Emily is the host of popular politics podcast Your Primary Playlist, a guide to the 2020 presidential primary that has quickly become a must-listen for those tapped into politics. The podcast features all women guests including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams, and Cecile Richards, has received several features on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher, and was named one of Refinery29’s Best New Podcasts for 2020.

Emily’s January 2020 interview with Hillary Clinton made headlines in The New York Times, The Washington Post, POLITICO, The Hill, and several other outlets, driving a 48-hour news cycle in the midst of the Senate impeachment trial and the weekend leading up to the Iowa caucuses. The show was called “required listening for any Democrat” by the National Field Director for Swing Left and “an in-depth policy brief with context around the democratic evolution on these issues” by a national political reporter for a major news outlet. 

In 2019, Emily launched ETS Advisory which allows her to work directly with advocates across the country to drive progressive change through legislation, advocacy, the electoral process, and policy development. She has had the opportunity to provide counsel to organizations including Change the Ref, an initiative sponsored by March For Our Lives; Town Hall Project; the Baker Project, which is a part of Eleanor’s Legacy; Funny or Die: Glam Up the Midterms; and Vote Vets.

Emily is a member EMILY’S List Creative Council and has also served as a Senior Advisor to Swing Left, where she executed a national celebrity surrogate tour with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, and Jessica Alba and coordinated the “The Last Weekend” project to mobilize key stakeholders in the final days of the 2018 midterm elections.

Previously, Emily held the role of Vice President of Campaigns for the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP), the largest progressive think tank in Washington, DC, overseeing issue campaigns to impact policies at the national and state levels.

She shaped key strategies to resist the Trump Administration’s harmful policies and turned up the heat on the Repeal and Replace debate as Republicans worked to dismantle healthcare for millions of Americans. She also worked with CAP’s youth outreach arm to cultivate young activists through Generation Progress and helped establish a Gun Violence Prevention Network.   

Emily is a staunch advocate of women’s rights and helped shape the leading principles for the inaugural Women’s March in January 2017. She has extensive experience guiding young activists, having previously served as executive director of Young Democrats of America, and as founder of Think Blue, an organization to increase youth participation in the democratic electoral process. 

She is a member of the New York Bar, earning her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Key recognitions include the Cardozo Alumni of the Decade, New Leaders Council 40 under 40 Emerging Leaders in Politics, Washington Life Magazine 40 Under 40, American Association of Political Consultants 40 under 40, “We Are Emily” award from Emily’s List, and the Truman Values Award from Truman National Security Project.

A New York Giants fan and a life-long musical theatre enthusiast, Emily considers her experience as a camp counselor for girls in Massachusetts amongst her most fulfilling roles. She lives with her husband and two children.

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