Ambassador (ret.) Susan Coppedge is a Managing Director and head of Nardello & Co.’s Atlanta office.
Susan was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate as the Ambassador-at-Large for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the United States Department of State. She served in this capacity for two years, during which time Susan testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on multiple occasions, represented the United States government in 17 countries, and managed foreign assistance programs that provided funding to advance the anti-trafficking movement globally. In 2017, she made the final grant-funding decision for the initial $25 million grant under the State Department’s inaugural Program to End Modern Slavery.
While Ambassador, Susan worked on behalf of trafficking victims by engaging with foreign governments and US federal agencies to increase efforts in prosecution, protection and prevention, and by partnering with non-governmental organizations, business, and industry coalition groups, all of which are vital to the success of anti-trafficking efforts.
Prior to joining Nardello & Co., Susan served as the Interim Managing Attorney for the Atlanta office of Kids in Need of Defense, a national non-profit organization that ensures that migrant children have high-quality representation in Immigration Court.
Susan served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia for 15 years, prosecuting human trafficking, government fraud, public corruption, document fraud/identity theft, environmental crimes, intellectual property, tax, and violent crime cases. She served as the office’s human trafficking coordinator managing the human trafficking docket, conducting trainings for local, state, and federal law enforcement, and engaging in community outreach events.
Susan began her legal career clerking for then-Chief Judge William C. O’Kelley in the Northern District of Georgia before entering the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division through the Honors Program.
Susan obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from Stanford University.