Susan Arnold

Susan Arnold poses outside in winter next to a tree.


Susan worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club for twenty years, starting as Vice President for Conservation in May 2003. In that role she coordinated AMC’s overall conservation mission and strategy across the AMC region from Maine to Virginia, overseeing research, conservation and recreation policy and advocacy, and volunteer relations. 

In December, 2021, Susan was appointed by AMC’s Board of Directors as Interim President and CEO, the first woman to lead the organization in its 145-year history. Prior to working for AMC, Susan was Director of Policy for Governor Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire for six years.  Susan has worked in Washington, DC for a US Senator, and as a lobbyist on smoking and health issues. She was an organizer, then Political Director, for NARAL Pro-Choice NH, a state affiliate of the national organization.

Susan lives in Strafford, New Hampshire with her husband, a dog and two cats, and a daughter who occasionally visits from San Francisco.