The Alabama Holocaust Education Center (AHEC) is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director, Susan Braden-Aresco. After 13 years of work and study both in Europe and New York City, the Alabama native will return home to lead the center on September 1.
“We are thrilled to have Susan at the AHEC,” says Board President, Karen Allen. “We are looking forward to the expertise, energy and leadership she brings at such a vital time for Holocaust education in the state and around the world.”
Braden-Aresco has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Alabama and a Joint European M.A. in Human Rights and Genocide Studies from Kingston University in London and Universita degli Studi di Siena. She comes to the AHEC from the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in New York City where she served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Prior to this, Braden-Aresco spent two years at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights after a post in Kampala, Uganda to support the work of the Uganda National Committee. Additionally, Braden-Aresco completed an internship with the Human Rights Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta, where she focused on an African Union charter ratification project and coordinated a learning exchange in Pretoria. She has also served five years as managing editor of the international journal, Genocide Studies and Prevention.
“The AHEC’s mission to carry forward indelible lessons from the Holocaust is crucial in today’s world in which so many young people do not know this history,” Braden-Aresco explains. “Serving as the organization’s Executive Director is a unique opportunity for me to both support this thriving center and give back to my home state of Alabama. I’m so pleased to be a part of it.”