Susan Kornacki

Regional Network: 
Chesapeake Regional Network
Class Year: 
2018
Position: 
Bloomberg Fellow
Organization: 
Johns Hopkins University
Location: 
Baltimore, MD

Susan is a Bloomberg Fellow with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. To improve health and save lives, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative aims to tackle five complex and urgent health challenges that threaten American lives: addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence. The initiative focuses on change by taking a systems approach to each of these challenges,concentrating on vulnerable populations, addressing equity and policy change, and measuring results. The initiative trains leaders working in communities across the nation, supports research to generate new insights about what works, and champions innovative and effective programs and policies that can become national models. Susan's research focuses on food systems and obesity prevention.

Susan's commitment to food policy and public health began when she had the opportunity to join the the Montgomery County Food Council, whose mission is to bring together a diverse representation of stakeholders to improve the environmental, economic, social and nutritional health of Montgomery County, Maryland through the creation of a robust, local, sustainable food system. As a Council member and co-chair of the organization's Environmental Impact Working Group, Susan leads sustainability efforts through composting education, advocacy, 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.