Staff

Executive Director
Suzanne Meriden 

Suzanne is the Director of Operations for SAC where she manages SAC’s day to day operations with focus on chapter development, coalition building, and fundraising. She has been a member of SAC since 2013, and was most recently the Government Relations Chair for SAC-LA where she successfully lobbied Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, for a hearing on the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attacks in June 2015. Prior to her work at SAC, Suzanne held multiple retail corporate operations management positions with reputable U.S. retail company. She is fluent in English, French, Arabic. Suzanne holds a BA in international Business from California State University.

Policy and Advocacy officer
Shlomo Bolts
Shlomo is the Policy and Advocacy Officer at SAC where he prepares analysis and presentations regarding the ground situation inside Syria to facilitate policy papers, reports, op-eds and briefings with senior officials in the government and Congress.

Shlomo has been a part of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria since September 2012, when he joined the Syrian Expatriates' Organization as a Policy Fellow. Before that, he interned at International Institute for Strategic Studies and at Project on Middle East Democracy. He has also consulted for Uri L'Tzedek, a Jewish social justice group.

Shlomo has a B.A. from Columbia University in Political Science and Sociology, and an MPhil in Modern Society and Global Transformations from Cambridge University. He has been an activist for human rights, atrocities prevention and Jewish-Arab dialogue for nearly 10 years. He is also the cofounder of Jews for Human Rights in Syria. He has ancestry from the Jewish communities of Aleppo, Syria.

 

Government Relations officer

Chad Brand

Chad is government relations officer at SAC where he assists the government relations team with research in advocacy focused on Congress. Chad has over two decades of experience monitoring Congress as a staffer at LegiStorm, Gallery Watch, and Congressional Quarterly. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from American University.