Rural Action’s Media and Communications Director, Susi oversees the implementation of Rural Action’s communication plan and adherence to standards across the organization working with program staff to provide clear and consistent messaging about Rural Action’s work. Additionally, Susi coordinates Rural Action’s annual keystone events, provides graphic design and marketing support to Rural Action programs and partner organizations, and she works with contractors to accomplish creative projects for the organization.
Susi first joined Rural Action in 2008 serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with our Sustainable Forestry program. After completing a year-long term as a VISTA, she served as our Sustainable Forestry Program Administrator for five years. During that time, she worked on projects such as managed forest carbon offsets, green and regionally oriented (GRO) wood products, and landowner education including forest management, non-timber forest products, and oil and gas lease education.
Prior to her work with Rural Action, Susi was a store trainer and educator for Whole Foods Market from 2003-2008, where she developed and executed training in the areas of food safety, workplace safety, product knowledge, and career development for over 200 employees across 10 departments. She is originally from Miami, Florida, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.