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Susan Shingledecker | Chesapeake Conservancy

shingledecker-susan-chesapeake-conservancySusan Shingledecker has joined the Chesapeake Conservancy as vice president and director of programs.

Shingledecker brings more than 15 years of professional experience in consulting, public policy, state government and nonprofit management.

In her new position, Shingledecker will manage the partnership with the National Park Service and oversees Chesapeake Conservancy’s programs, which include community-based conservation initiatives throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. She also provides leadership to the organization as a whole, working with the Annapolis-based nonprofit’s president and board of directors to determine and administer the organization’s strategic direction in accomplishing its mission.

Shingledecker has worked in a number of positions for BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water since 2005. Most recently, Shingledecker served as vice president, where she oversaw day-to-day operation of the nonprofit and led environmental efforts at BoatU.S. and GEICO Marine Insurance. She also supervised the Foundation’s boating safety and clean boating programs including the development of interactive online learning courses, boater outreach and fundraising.

She has also worked on renewable energy at the Maryland Energy Administration as the assistant director and the challenge of  climate change policy for the National Governors’ Association.

Shingledecker also serves as a panel member on the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel and Federal Advisory Committee. She is the chair of the American Boat and Yacht Council’s Technical Committee for Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species Through Boat Design She has been an avid sailor since the age of 10 on the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay and is a member of Severn Sailing Association.

She holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from American University.

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