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Susan Stewart

Susan StewartSusan was born in Washington DC and raised in Maryland, but her parents met across the world from here during the Vietnam War. Her mother is from South Vietnam, and her father is a US Army veteran from Talledega, AL. As a middle child, she grew up in the Wheaton/Silver Spring area, where her parents still live near Sligo Creek Park. 

A serious student, who excelled in every subject, Susan pursued a music degree, with the goal to teach children while allowing time to raise a family. She holds a BM in violin performance with a minor in mathematics from James Madison University in VA, and received a MM in violin performance from the University of Notre Dame on full scholarship. In addition to performing, she taught many students of all ages, from age 3 to age 70. Susan and her husband moved to Ohio as her husband pursued his law degree, and in 2006 the couple and their son moved to Greenbelt. 

As a stay-at-home mother, Susan worked as a community activist, focused on progressive and environmental issues. She attended leadership training, lobbied and volunteered with many groups, including the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the Maryland Sierra Club, Progressive Majority, Wellstone Action, Peace & Justice coalition, Powershift, and Progressive MD. Over the years, she contributed her time and efforts on issues such as civil marriage, LGBT equality, ending poverty, preventing climate change, healthcare reform, advocating for peace, fighting corruption, and protecting the environment. Currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Prince George's Sierra Club, her focus over the last 2 years has been on Zero Waste and issues on natural gas. On the latter, she has publicly testified and lobbied against fracking, LNG exports and the TPP. 

In-between being a citizen lobbyist and a mother, she spends much of her time volunteering for local groups such as the Farmer's Market and the PTA, notably having chaired the Labor Day book sale for several years. Her son Nathaniel, age 12, attends Greenbelt Middle School, and is a student at Tai Yim Kung Fu school in Kensington. Her husband Jonathan Gordy is an attorney, a former member of the GHI Audit committee, and enjoys a hobby as a potter at the Greenbelt Community Center. In addition to playing the violin, Susan enjoys gardening, catching up on the newest Dr. Who episodes, and her new obsession, playing Catan with her family.