Chief Resiliency Officer/Assistant City Manager, City of Miami Beach
Susanne is a seasoned public administrator with more than 26 years of service in Miami Dade County and several signature cities in the region. She joined the City of Miami Beach in September 2015 as Assistant City Manager (ACM) and Chief Resiliency Officer (CRO). Her sustainability and resiliency portfolio includes Planning, Building, Code Compliance, and Environment & Sustainability. The City of Miami Beach is a trailblazer in adaptation efforts in South Florida. As CRO she is leading the effort to develop an action-oriented citywide resiliency strategy and a broader Greater Miami & the Beaches Resilience Strategy with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.
During her four years as assistant city manager for operations in Fort Lauderdale she successfully focused on streamlining city services, initiating strategic management practices & performance measurement systems and integrating sustainability into city operations. She was the lead staff to the city’s visioning process producing Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale: Our City, Our Vision, 2035.
In 2009, Susanne was appointed Miami-Dade County’s first Sustainability Director and became a founding member of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact staff steering committee. This regional collaboration has afforded her the opportunity to share the South Florida story around the world.