Susan Schmidt
Vice President Midwest Region, Minnesota State Director

Susan has been leading, managing and supporting our mission delivery in Minnesota and the upper Midwest since 2000. Her career path over the years has focused on natural resources, outdoor recreation, and community development, with particular emphasis on community engagement and shaping public policy.

Susan enjoys introducing partners to places we’ve helped to protect and  create—from Frogtown Park and Farm in the heart of St. Paul to the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to historic Forest Lodge on Lake Namekagon near Cable, Wisconsin. Susan is particularly proud of our role in the design and passage of the Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008, a truly monumental accomplishment for parks, public lands, water, and cultural heritage.

Susan has an MA in Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, Dan, and enjoys getting out to explore the region’s parks, trails, and waterways during any and every season.