Susan Holmes coordinates Wildlands Network’s U.S. federal policy and government affairs work in Washington, D.C. She promotes legislation and policies designed to protect wildlife habitat and corridors, endangered species and landscape connectivity across America. As part of this work, she leads the Connectivity Policy Coalition—a nationwide coalition of organizations dedicated to advancing policy solutions related to wildlife connectivity—as well as the conservation community’s efforts to pass the federal Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act.
Susan has long been passionate about protecting wildlands and wildlife. She combines a love of advocacy with expertise in media, government, and the workings of Capitol Hill. After graduating from Dartmouth College, she developed environmental programs at Columbia University. She then went on to work with the Sierra Club, where she campaigned to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, Adirondacks and other wild places. During her decade-long stint as Senior Legislative Representative for Earthjustice, she defended wildlife and the Endangered Species Act. Prior to joining Wildlands Network she was the Washington, D.C. representative for the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition.
Susan lives in Washington, D.C. with two young daughters, her husband (a fellow environmentalist) and a spunky terrier. She enjoys cooking, gardening and reading stories with the kids. Although she likes the cozy community of Capitol Hill, she looks forward to opportunities to hike and camp with her family.