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Susan Holmes

BA Dartmouth College

Susan has worked for over 20 years in conservation policy and on political and environmental campaigns. Previously, she was the Washington, DC representative for the Save our Wild Salmon Coalition and worked to restore wild salmon of the Columbia and Snake River basins. For ten years she was the Senior Legislative Representative at Earthjustice in Washington, DC where she sought to protect endangered species and wildlife as well as to defend the Endangered Species Act. Before moving to Washington, DC she directed the Sierra Club’s New York City office. There she focused on national political campaigns as well as efforts to save New York’s Sterling Forest, protect Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest and safeguard key wildlands in the Adirondacks. Prior to working for the Sierra Club, Susan was the program officer at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for the Study of the Former Soviet Union and designed and managed a program to protect wildlife and cultural heritage in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. She presently serves on the board of the Endangered Species Coalition. She previously served on the board of the Wildlands Project and was a director of the national Sierra Club. Susan has received several awards, including a meritorious achievement award from the American Planning Association for work to protect Sterling Forest and the Nelson A. Rockefeller award for excellence in public service from Dartmouth College. On behalf of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Susan works to advance policy to protect biodiversity by connecting large wild landscapes across North American and restoring keystone predators.