Contact Susan Hammel

Susan Hammel, CFA
Executive in Residence

Susan Hammel, CFA, is a Strategic Financial Consultant for philanthropic investors who focus on the double bottom line:  financial return and social impact. Long a leader in impact investing beginning with Prudential Social Investments, Susan designed the $2 Million East Metro Job Creation Loan Fund for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.  She has managed impact portfolios and evaluated opportunities for diverse investors including the Blandin Foundation, Ford Foundation, the City of St. Paul, and the Minneapolis Foundation. 

A revenue generator as well as financial expert, Susan helped the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota develop the business case for public investment in their high profile “Minnesota Girls are not for Sale” campaign. As former Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and CFO for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, she is an experienced, results oriented executive.

Using her Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard, she combines a public policy grounding with the big picture view of a philosophy major from Carleton College, where she graduated cum laude.

Susan also coaches individuals seeking to expand their business strategic skills to grow their careers. Her teaching credentials include an appointment as Lecturer in Nonprofit Management for the University of Chicago and faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington D.C.

Recently appointed Chair of the Citizens League Board of Directors, Susan has extensive board experience including leadership posts with NPH USA, where she served as Board Chair, and Finance Committee Chair for Asian American LEAD.  Her past board service includes the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the St. Paul Arts Partnership, Family Service Inc., and Pro Mujer:  Programs For Women. 

Susan and her family reside in Deephaven, a lakeside community outside Minneapolis where she enjoys sailing, power-walking and skiing.

Reach Susan by phone at 612.315.2527 or email: