Susan Newton, Senior Vice President Grants and Programs for the National Park Foundation. Susan has more than 25 years experience delivering effective program services in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is a collaborative leader with a track record of driving improvement initiatives. Susan has worked at the National Park Foundation since 2007. She is responsible for leading NPF to achieve its strategic impact, providing thought leadership on opportunities to protect the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the national parks, connect all Americans to the parks, and build the next generation of stewards of our public lands. She works closely with the National Park Service to identify the highest priorities for philanthropic support. Susan currently manages the Foundations grants and programs budget of $30 million, and oversees the operational elements for all program areas. At NPF, she has served as Vice President of Operations, leading the 2010 Strategic Planning initiative, and overseeing several system implementations. Susan holds a BA in Public Administration from Miami of Ohio and a MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining NPF, she worked for 10 years in telecommunications, during which time she oversaw $1.2B in operational savings from the merger of Sprint and Nextel. Additional previous experience includes 5 years as an environmental policy consultant, as well as employment with the National League of Cities, the Government Finance Officers Association, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Susan lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, Christopher Rau, and two children.