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Susan Culp is the principal of NextWest Consulting, LLC and has over 17 years of experience in natural resource management, research and policy analysis, conservation advocacy, community engagement, collaboration and coalition building, and issue and political campaign management in the Intermountain West. Her current clients include American Rivers as their Verde River Project Coordinator, the Verde River Basin Partnership, and the Town of Camp Verde. She also serves on the board of directors for the Verde River Valley Nature Organization and NextVoice.
Over the course of her career, she has served many roles in nonprofit leadership in a great variety of settings - holding positions both as senior executive staff in the nonprofit sector, as well as serving in critical officer leadership positions on the boards of directors for numerous nonprofit corporations. She has a broad range of experience on a variety of conservation policies issues, including public and state trust land management, sustainable development, land use planning and management, and sustainable recreational planning.
Prior to starting NextWest Consulting, LLC, Susan was the project manager for Western Lands and Communities, a joint program between the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where she had oversight over research, analysis and tool development projects pertaining to state trust land management, smart growth and sustainable land use planning and development, and climate resiliency and adaptation planning.
Before joining the Sonoran Institute, she served as the Deputy Director, and then later as the Executive Director, of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, a statewide, membership-based environmental advocacy organization. During her tenure at AZLCV, she was the point person responsible for the organization’s policy analysis, lobbying, issue advocacy, and political campaign activities.
Susan holds a B.A. in marine biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in public administration and policy, with a focus on natural resources, from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration.