Join OPIA for a talk with Susanne Sachsman Grooms ’02, former Deputy Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Democratic Staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Ms. Sachsman Grooms will talk about the exciting and dynamic work she was involved in recently, and the career path that led her there.
Susanne Grooms was until recently the Deputy Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the Democratic Staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the lead counsel for Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and her predecessor Elijah Cummings from 2011 to 2021, Susanne oversaw a team of attorneys on a broad range of high-profile investigations. Susanne also served for more than two years as the Staff Director and General Counsel for the Democratic Staff of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and served on the trial teams for both Impeachments of President Donald J. Trump.
After clerking in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Susanne began her career as a prosecutor in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice and came to the Hill in 2007 to serve as Counsel on the Oversight Committee under then-Chairman Henry Waxman. She left the Committee in 2008 to join the Internal Revenue Service where she served in a number of roles, including as an adviser to the Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement and a senior counselor to the Chief of Criminal Investigations. She has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School, and was a 2003 Heyman Fellow.