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Suzanne Dixon leads the Appalachian Trail Conservancy with vision, commitment and passion for protecting one of the most important land features east of the Mississippi, the Appalachian Trail corridor and surrounding forests and farmlands.
Suzanne joined ATC in December 2017. She is the first woman, in the Conservancy’s nearly 100-year history, to lead the organization. Born in a small town in Ireland, one of Suzanne’s priorities is to support and enhance the outdoor recreation-driven economies of communities that serve as gateways to the Appalachian Trail.
For nearly 20 years, Suzanne served in key roles in protecting America’s National Parks. She graduated from the University of Leicester and Inchicore College. Most recently, she served as the Senior Director, Regional Operations with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) with accomplishments including the designation of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park as a World Heritage Site. She also served a critical role in the designation of the Waco Mammoth National Monument and in finalizing the expansion of Fort Davis National Historic Site by providing testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee. Dixon currently serves on the board of directors for the Waco Mammoth Foundation and the Lone Star Coastal Alliance.
She also launched NPCA’s Texas Regional Office in 2007, growing support for Texas parks and programs to over $10 million while expanding NPCA’s local membership base from 24,000 in 2007 to 68,000 in 2017.
She now leads the ATC whose mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.