Susan L. Carlson
Organizational Effectiveness Strategist
Science and Environmental Education Specialist
Current: Organizational Effectiveness Consultant; Senior Fellow, National Council for Science and the Environment; Board Member, EnvironMentors; Partner, Social Venture Partners
Previous: National Council for Science and the Environment’s EnvironMentors Project; US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Audubon Society, The Wilderness Society
Susan is a tri-sector consultant providing integrative strategies for increasing and accelerating impact to business, federal, state, and local agencies, non-profit organizations and multi-sector coalitions. Her specialties include organizational coaching; communications, education, and outreach program design, execution, and evaluation, and meeting facilitation. Recent assignments include organizational effectiveness, coalition leadership and facilitation skills staff development, and facilitation of varied meetings for Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust; facilitation of Seattle’s first Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge Conference and for the Snoqualmie Valley Leaders’ Summit,
Previous experiences include national scaling of EnvironMentors, an environmental science advancement program for diverse youth; national communications, outreach, and education campaign development for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US EPA; leadership development program design/implementation for National Audubon Society’s 500+, and national parks issues lobbying for the Wilderness Society.
Director, EnvironMenntors. Directed National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE) EnvironMentors Project, an environmental science advancement program whose mission is to interest and prepare diverse youth for college degree programs and careers in environmental fields. Led EnvironMentors national expansion from a single community-based program serving Washington, DC public high school students to a university-based program with chapters currently housed at 12 universities across the country. Primary scaling support provided by National Science Foundation , US EPA, and Toyota USA Foundation. (www.environmentors.org)
Director, Carlson and Associates. Provided communications, media, education, and outreach campaign development and management for federal and state land managing agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Clients included US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Philips Petroleum, Harcourt Brace and Javanovich, Journey North, Center for Children’s Environmental Literacy, and others.
Director, Chapter Programs, National Audubon Society, Directed activities of Audubon’s then 500+ chapters across the United States and Latin America. Created/disseminated Audubon’s Leadership Development training program for chapter presidents, conservation chairs, and other chapter leaders. Wrote Chapter Leader s Guide, which continues to serve as the primary guidance document for Audubon’s chapters internationally.
Issues Specialist, The Wilderness Society. Served as National Parks Issues Specialist providing research, testimony development, and lobbying expertise on national park authorization, appropriations, and management issues.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Developed and delivered Coalition Leadership and Facilitation Skills training to support staff more strongly lead the coalitions they work with to accomplish the Trust’s mission. Facilitated varied meetings of the Trust’s Technical Advisory Committee, Board, and Snoqualimie Valley Leaders Summit.
Sustainable Seattle Designed and delivered facilitation for the Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge, a multi-sector conference designed to bring together business, agencies, non-profits, and philanthropists to collectively address the needs for environmental and infrastructure preparedness in the greater Puget Sound region.
National Science Foundation, PI “Connecting Youth to Science through Mentored Experiences in Nature,” (01.01.10 – 12.31.13), a 3-year research and scale up grant to investigate program components most conducive to engaging under-represented youth to environmental science college degree programs and careers, as well as to scale EnvironMentors and provide successful and sustainable organizational models for similar programs over the long term. Collaborated with Colorado State University to design and conduct qualitative research, and the TCC Group to develop quantitative participant evaluation, and EM capacity building tools. (www.tccgroup.com)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
International Migratory Bird Day (IMDB). Developed annual, national education, communications, and outreach program campaign geared to raise awareness of declining populations of migratory birds. Secured broadcast media coverage, designed initial web site, developed local event coordinators manual, which is now sold on Amazon and continues to be used by hundred’s of event coordinators nationwide. (www.IMBD.org)
National Wildlife Refuge Week. Developed education, communications, and partnership development materials for national wildlife refuge managers conducting National Wildlife Refuge week events at their local refuges.
National Audubon Society , Chapter Leadership Development Program. Collaborated with the Institute for Conservation Leadership to design, develop, and conduct leadership development training for Audubon’s chapter presidents and conservation chapters throughout the United States and Latin America. Wrote Audubon’s Chapter Leaders Guide and quarterly chapter presidents newsletter.
National Academy of Science/American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Education Curriculum Advancement project
One of one hundred Environmental Leaders to participate in the White House Summit on Environmental Education, 2013 and 2014.
Skills and endorsements
Non-profit organizational effectiveness
Non-profit strategic planning
Communications campaign planning
Community outreach/Partnership development
Science and environmental Education
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