Suzanne Chance Schenkel

Title: (Retired) Natural Resource Specialist
Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina, United States

Suzanne Schenkel, Retired Natural Resource Specialist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of conservation and environmental science.

Ms. Schenkel has always been an environmental activist. After she earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Tufts University, she worked as a teacher for Roland Park Country School. She started serving on the board of directors for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, acting as vice president for more than a decade, from 1974 to 1985, and from 1979 to 1990, she served on the executive committee for the Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee. Ms. Schenkel started working with the Longmeadow Conservation Commission in 1984, and served as chairman from 1988 until 1990 when she became a public affairs officer for the USDA’s Soil Conservation Service. In 1993, she transitioned to a role as a resource conservationist for the Conservation & Ecosystems Assistance Division of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and served as staff merchant for the Marine and Fisheries Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1993, Ms. Schenkel authored the Wetlands Protection and Management Act, and in 1996, she was detailed to coastal America as the national watershed coordinator. Starting in 1997, she worked as an operations partnership liaison, until her retirement in 2000. She is a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, and spent time during her career working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and Environmental Protection Agency under the Clinton administration. Ms. Schenkel helped transfer responsibilities for Indian conservation programs to the NRCS from the Bureau of Indian Affairs—she was always proud of the emphasis on coordination between different government departments and agencies under the Clinton administration. Ms. Schenkel’s experience and influence on environmental policy solidify her legacy as a leader in natural resource conservation and management.

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