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Susan Hammel

Susan Hammel

Executive in Residence

About Susan
It’s no surprise that as a lifelong Minnesotan Susan loves water, in all its forms. In the summer she enjoys catching the breeze in the ultimate green machine, her circa 1964 Pearson sailboat, and in the winter she ice skates and skis. 

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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 seventh year, Susan is Minnesota Council on Foundations Executive in Residence helping mobilize members to put more of their assets to work for mission. 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