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Susan Nall Bales
FrameWorks Institute

Susan Nall Bales is president of the FrameWorks Institute, a project of the College University Resource Institute in Washington, D.C., which conducts communications research on social issues. Current projects involve interdisciplinary teams of scholars working on public perceptions and media portrayals of adolescence, global issues, violence prevention, gender equity and other children's issues. This work is supported in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Caroline and Sigmund Schott Foundation, the Aspen Institute and the W.T. Grant Foundation.

Ms. Bales is a founder of the Coalition for America's Children and helped create the "Who's for Kids and Who's Just Kidding?" campaign. She serves on the board of the National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention, is a fellow of the Advocacy Institute, and is a member of the Adolescence 21st Century Study Group of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

For six years, she served as director of Strategic Communications and Children's Issues at the Benton Foundation, where she was the founding editor of, an award-winning website on children's policy issues. She is editor of Effective Language for Discussing Early Childhood Education and Policy (1998) and Effective Language for Communicating Children's Issues (1999). Ms. Bales received her M.A. degree from Middlebury College and B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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