Suzanne Hanson, the Regional and Watershed Manager for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in Duluth, Minnesota, has been engaged in the state’s policy and program delivery in environmental protection, water and ecosystem management, intergovernmental affairs and community outreach and engagement for more than 20 years. Suzanne has led the state’s multi-agency Clean Water Legacy performance reporting system, watershed science and planning in Northeast Minnesota, the St. Louis River Area of Concern clean up and restoration, ($200 – 250M project) with over 80 local, state, tribal and federal partners, and international watershed work in the Great Lakes and Lake of the Woods/Rainy River basin. This work has involved her participation on a number of boards including the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Water Board ( 1999 – 2014), the IJC International Rainy – Lake of the Woods Watershed Board (2013 – present), the Lake of the Woods/Rainy International Management Arrangement (2000 – present) and a number of other international and local boards and task forces. She is a member of our Board's Aquatic Ecosystem Health Committee
She received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in technical communications from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. She also has a Six Sigma green belt and black belt, and has used these and other continuous improvement processes and tools to create and enhance program efficiency and effectiveness.