Susan manages a wide array of McKinley Research projects including feasibility studies for public and private investments, program evaluations, and community development plans. She returned to McDowell Group in 2015, after serving as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. There, she led efforts to market Alaska domestically and internationally, develop Alaska’s renewable and traditional energy resources, and enhance the business climate.
Prior to joining McDowell Group in 2001, Susan served as a Vice President for Goldbelt. She was responsible for many of the Alaska Native Corporation’s business ventures. She has extensive experience in Alaska’s visitor industry including destination marketing, business management, and market research.
A lifelong Alaskan originally from Nome, Susan is an active community volunteer and enjoys hiking and skiing with her Labrador retrievers.