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Suzanne MacDonald

Chief Community Development Officer
  • Leadership
  • Climate & Energy

As Chief Community Development Officer, Suzanne oversees strategy development for the Institute’s programs, with a focus on the organization’s climate and economic resilience initiatives. She has been a catalyst and leader of several national and global networks focused on island sustainability, bringing a skillset and passion for sharing solutions and building relationships along and beyond the coast of Maine.

For nine years, Suzanne directed the Institute’s Community Energy Program, partnering with island communities in Maine, New England, and beyond to develop and implement practical strategies to lower their high energy costs. She remains active on climate and clean energy issues, currently serving as the Chair of the Efficiency Maine Trust Board of Trustees and on various groups of the Maine Climate Council. In 2015, Suzanne gave a TEDx Talk entitled, “What Islands Can Teach Maine About Energy.”

Suzanne holds an M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in international development and political science from McGill University. She and her family live in Rockland, Maine and enjoy a close connection to the Monhegan Island community.

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