Susan is a Bloomberg Fellow with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. She is focused on the roles that policy, health communications, and advocacy can play in creating sustainable and resilient food systems. Susan is interested in the intersection of social determinants of health, the built environment, and the obesity epidemic, and in innovative solutions that can mitigate the environmental impact of food production and distribution. Susan's commitment to food policy and public health is inspired by her work with the Montgomery County Food Council, a non-profit community organization working to create an equitable, sustainable food system in Montgomery County, Maryland through stakeholder engagement, policy development, and advocacy. As a Council member and co-chair of the organization's Environmental Impact Working Group, Susan leads sustainability efforts through composting education, advocacy, and policy change. Susan is also the founder and principal of Kornacki Communications LLC, a consulting firm that collaborates with non-profits and socially responsible businesses to improve their marketing, communications, and impact.
Previously, Susan managed outreach and education programs at Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Prior to Montgomery County, Susan worked in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, protecting the Niagara River watershed as part of the team at Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Susan also managed educational programs on the MillionTreesNYC campaign, an initiative focused on increasing tree canopy while building a culture of environmental stewardship across the five boroughs of New York City. She is a proud AmeriCorps alum, and earned a Bachelor of Arts at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She lives and works in in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland.