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Suzanne MacDonald

Chief Community Development Officer
  • Leadership
  • Climate & Energy
  • Community Data
  • Fellows Team

As Chief Community Development Officer, Suzanne is responsible for designing the organization’s strategic approach to sharing information and experiences across all areas of its work in order to further the sustainability of communities in Maine and elsewhere. She has been a catalyst and leader of several national and global networks focused on island sustainability and is responsible for key programs of the Island Institute, including the Waypoints: Community Indicators publication, the Island Fellows program, and the Solutions Library.

For nine years, she 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.

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.

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