At a Glance
- Career History: Program officer at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation (2007-2009); Program officer at The William and Flora Hewett Foundation (1998-2007); Senior legislative aide to Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.) (1993-1996)
- Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
- Alma Mater: Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A. Environmental Science and Education, 1992; Harvard University, M.Ed. Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy, 1998
- DC Office: 1849 C Street, NW, (202) 208-1927
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Path to Power
Suh is a native of Boulder, Colo., and an outdoorsy childhood instilled an appreciation for nature. Her father was a professor and her mother worked as a floral designer.
As an undergraduate she attended Columbia University, earning degrees in environmental science and education. Suh became a certified high-school teacher of earth science; however, she eventually decided to pursue a different career. After returning to Colorado, Suh began working in politics and became a legislative assistant for Democratic, and later Republican, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Colo.). As a legislative assistant, Suh was responsible for public lands management, energy, air and water issues.
Suh defines environmentalism as more than just conserving and protecting nature. She incorporates issues of urban redevelopment and sustainability.She also believes that for environmentalism to be successful there can be no minority exclusion or party lines. During her time as a legislative assistant to Sen. Campbell, Suh frequently collaborated with both Democrats and Republicans.
"It is clear that for broader progress to be made on our issues we must reach out to and connect with broader coalitions," says Suh.
Suh reports to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.In the policy planning office, she works with Director Richard Beck.
Suh says one of her mentors was Hewlett Foundation supervisor Michael Fischer, who she says was "an early pioneer in efforts to diversify the environmental movement" and who headed the Sierra Club in the early 1990s. She also calls Hal Harvey, a former boss at Hewlett, a mentor.