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Susan Russell / Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Susan Russell

Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Susan Russell is Executive Director for Keep Louisiana Beautiful since 2014. Before leading the state office, she spent eight years as a local affiliate director for Keep Mandeville Beautiful.

Her experience specializing in non-profit management, strategic development, program implementation, grant administration, event planning, communications and marketing spans 30 years with stints with national non-profit organization Special Olympics and Volunteers of America.

Susan serves on the executive committee for the Keep America Beautiful State Leaders Council as well as on the executive committee for Keep Louisiana Beautiful. She serves as a board member for the Louisiana Recycling Coalition and the Ozone Music Education Foundation.

As Executive Director, she leads the only statewide organization focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. She oversees a grants program that has awarded over $3 million to fund local projects; offers environmental education lessons targeting K to 5th grade students; conducts training and professional development; and supports local communities and a network of 40 affiliate to increase their capacity to facilitate community and behavioral change. Last year, over 65,000 individuals donated their time at a volunteer workforce valued of $1.5 million, 25,000 students received environmental education, 2,700 trees were planted and gardens maintained, and 342 roadway and waterway cleanups were conducted.