Contact Susan Hammel

Susan Hammel, CFA
Executive in Residence

About Susan: It’s no surprise that as a native Minnesotan Susan loves water, in all its forms. In the summer she enjoys catching the breeze in the ultimate green-machine, her circa 1979 Yngling sailboat, and in the winter she ice skates (but not anywhere near MCF President Susie Brown’s level), cross-country and downhill skiis. In the off season Susan pounds the pavement power-walking marathons with her girlfriends.

Resume Snippets: Susan Hammel, CFA, translates between mission-driven change makers and expert investors. Susan began her career at Prudential Impact Investments where she managed an $88 million impact portfolio and obtained her CFA® . Susan’s Harvard MPP and philosophy degree from Carleton College inspired her to leave Wall Street and use her financial acumen to help mission-driven organizations. For a fourth year, Susan is Minnesota Council on Foundations Executive in Residence for impact investing thanks to the Otto Bremer Trust, the Mortenson Family Foundation and the Bush Foundation. Prior to this role, Susan was an active MCF volunteer in her capacity as Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Since 1998 Susan spends most of her time as Founder and CEO of Cogent Consulting, PBC, where she and her team build bridges between philanthropy and traditional finance, serving foundations across the country who want to do good well.

Contact Susan for:

  • Impact Investing for all types of foundations: private, family, community and corporate
  • Ideas to engage the private sector in creative ways to solve public problems
  • Connections to MCF and national peers activating their assets for mission

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