Susan Ruffo

Deputy Associate Director for Climate Change Adaptation

White House Council on Environmental Quality

Speaking At:
Climate Preparedness: What We Can Do
17 June 2014 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: 145B
Topic: Climate Change

Susan Ruffo is the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  At CEQ, she leads implementation of the climate preparedness pillar of the President’s Climate Action Plan.  She also manages the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and the interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, focusing on strengthening Federal programs to better prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change.

Previously, Susan was the Director of Coastal and Marine Adaptation at The Nature Conservancy, where she led their strategy on coastal ecosystem-based adaptation, focusing on how ecosystems such as coral reefs and wetlands can help reduce human vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

Susan was also a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, where she served in the U.S. Embassies in China, Argentina and Nigeria and Washington D.C.  Susan has degrees in Economics and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.