Susan Coady Kemnitzer, Treasurer: Ms. Kemnitzer recently retired from a long career in leadership positions in science and natural resource management organizations. Most recently she served as Deputy Director of the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport System Division of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Ms. Kemnitzer managed an annual portfolio of over $400 million of grants which explore the most innovative multidisciplinary research and education. Her goal has always been to discover new knowledge but more importantly to develop the next generation of engineering researchers, inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs. In her earlier National Science Foundation career, Ms. Kemnitzer co-authored the first three Science and Engineering Indicators Reports, the highly esteemed and widely used assessment of the state of the science and engineering research and education. Ms. Kemnitzer also served as a Budget Examiner in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. She recommended budget and legislative policy for the science and natural resource agencies, prepared the President’s annual budget request to the Congress and negotiated the Administration’s position on legislation. Most notably she led the administration’s efforts to establish 140 million acres of new parks, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas in Alaska. She joined the Department of the Interior as Special Assistant to the Secretary to carry through on these Administration policies and to complete implementation of the Alaska Statehood Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Ms. Kemnitzer is also proud to be on the team which founded the AmeriCorps programs in 1993 and her follow on leadership to establish service learning programs at over 50 major engineering schools in the U.S. She also served for 15 years on the National Environmental Education Foundation Board, a public-private partnership devoted to environmental education which administers National Public Lands Day.
Ms. Kemnitzer also accomplishes much through her volunteer work. She is Chair of the Corporation of Shepherdstown Water and Waste Water Utilities which recently built the first waste water treatment plant in West Virginia which meets the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, an agreement of the six states which are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. She is a strong friend of the American Conservation Film Festival, especially the new Emerging Filmmaker Fund. She served on the board of the Contemporary American Theater Festival for nine years. Ms. Kemnitzer is honored to be a member of the board of SkyTruth.