Suzanne Ewy, JD


Coldharbour Chair in Environment & Sustainability, Executive Director, Coldharbour Institute

B.S., Fort Lewis College
MSL, Vermont Law School
J.D., Seattle Law School
Office Location
Kelley Hall 114A


Suzanne was born in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains. She is a fifth-generation Coloradoan, coming from a background in environmentalism, business and academia. Suzanne has studied and worked from Colorado to Vermont, Paris to Alaska. She earned her law degree from Seattle Law School and her Masters in environmental science and law from Vermont Law School. During her undergrad years at Fort Lewis College in Durango, she spent some of her happiest times working as a salmon biologist in Alaska. As an environmental attorney she engaged in toxic tort and land use litigation as well as community building around diverse interests from Denver to the North Slope of Alaska. She has run nonprofit organizations, private businesses, and government programs, building unlikely partnerships around conservation, resource extraction, agriculture, native rights, recreation, education, and science. As Western Colorado University's Coldharbour Chair in Environment & Sustainability, Suzanne also teaches applied sustainability and organizational development and management at Western's Center for Environment & Sustainability and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) programs.

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