Suzanne has an extensive background in philanthropic, nonprofit, and governmental communications.

Suzanne Spencer

Suzanne Spencer, Senior Communications Counselor, She/Her/Hers

Suzanne leads land conservation, climate change, and public health projects at FCP. She also oversees communications efforts for a coalition of environmental organizations that includes the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society. Notably, Suzanne designed and implemented a communications strategy to support California Senator Alex Padilla’s landmark land and river conservation legislation, garnering statewide and national press coverage in outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, and the Hill.

Before joining the FCP team, Suzanne worked for the Pike Place Market Foundation and the US Government Accountability Office. Suzanne holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in anthropology from Willamette University. When she’s not working, Suzanne loves to hike in California’s parks with her husband and spend time with their cat, Hobbes. She also serves on the Board of The Teaching Well, an Oakland-based nonprofit that empowers school systems to more effectively support, retain, and leverage the brilliance of their educators.

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Highlight of Working at FCP:

Securing a supportive editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle on benefits of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal program that funds important park and trail improvements.