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The Hon. Suzan Johnson

The Hon. Suzan Johnson Cook

The Hon. Suzan Johnson Cook

Distinguished fellow, Religious Freedom Center

The Hon. Suzan Johnson Cook (Ambassador Sujay) is a distinguished fellow at the Freedom Forum Institute’s Religious Freedom Center. Nominated by Secretary Hillary Clinton and appointed by President Barack Obama, she was the third U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, becoming the first woman, first African American and first faith leader to hold this post. Previously, she was the first female chaplain for the New York City Police Department, where she served 21 years and was on the frontlines Sept. 11. She was a founding member of A Partnership of Faith, served as a senior parish pastor for three New York City congregations and was the first female president of the historic Hampton University Ministers Conference, the largest conference of African-American clergy in the world.