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Suzanne Dixon Media Kit

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Jordan Bowman, Public Relations & Social Media Manager

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For nearly twenty years, Dixon has served key roles in protecting America’s National Parks. After graduating from the University of Leicester and Inchicore College, she began her career at Liz Robbins Associates, the first woman-run public affairs and lobbying firm in Washington, DC, focused on moving specific health and education legislation forward with Congress.

Dixon joined the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in 1999 as a strong advocate for the broader protection of the National Park System. She led grassroots and bipartisan collaborations to advance key objectives such as the creation of the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. She also launched NPCA’s Texas Regional Office in 2007, growing support for Texas parks and programs to over $10 million while expanding NPCA’s local membership base from 24,000 in 2007 to 68,000 in 2017. 

She most recently served as senior director of regional operations with accomplishments including the designation of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park as a World Heritage Site. She also served a critical role in the designation of the Waco Mammoth National Monument and in finalizing the expansion of Fort Davis National Historic Site by providing testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee. Dixon currently serves on the board of directors for the Waco Mammoth Foundation.

In December of 2017, Dixon joined the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as President and CEO. She now leads the ATC whose mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. 

  • At the end of March, Suzanne will have been president and CEO of the ATC for 90 days. She's excited to discuss what she has learned and the new directions she can take the organization.
  • Suzanne has a vast amount of experience in conservation — find out how she plans to leverage the skills she has developed to further the ATC's initiatives.
  • Suzanne joins the ATC as its first female president/CEO, and she is eager to explore how her perspectives will help the ATC better pursue its broader relevancy initiatives.
  • Suzanne is prioritizing the ATC's role in advocating for greater Appalachian Trail protections. Find out how this focus will guide our land preservation initiatives going forward.
  • The Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership unites dozens of agencies and hundreds of individuals in the mission of protecting the lands surrounding the A.T. Discover more about Suzanne's role in guiding this partnership.
  • The ATC recently opened a new office in Washington D.C. in order to better build relations with policy makers. Discover more about how Suzanne plans to grow and leverage these connections to benefit Appalachian Trail protections.
  • The A.T. has provided wide-ranging economic benefits to the tourism economies in all fourteen Trail states. Find out how we are planning to strengthen these benefits and more accurately forecast the A.T.'s economic impacts.
  • The A.T. is maintained and protected by a force of over 6,000 dedicated volunteers. Learn more about this unique partnership and why we think volunteerism is the future of the public land protection.
  • The natural experience of walking on the A.T. has many physical and mental benefits, and we prioritize introducing these benefits to range of hikers from diverse backgrounds. Find out more about our Broader Relevancy initiative and how we plan to reach groups of young and diverse hikers.


The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

Known as the “A.T.”, more than 3 million people visit the Trail every year and over 3,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire footpath in a single year. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons, such as reconnecting with nature, escaping the stress of city life, meeting new people or deepening old friendships, or experiencing a simpler life.

Completed in 1937, the A.T. is a unit of the National Park System. It is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.



Established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) leads the effort to protect, maintain and celebrate the A.T. We are part of a unique cooperative-management system, working with numbers of local, state and federal partners to ensure greater protections for the Trail. Our partners include the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, dozens of state agencies and 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs.

The ATC is largely funded by its more than 42,000 members and over 600,000 supporters located throughout all 50 states and in more than 15 countries. Their support ensures that the one-of-a-kind A.T. hiking experience is protected from development, increasing use of the outdoors and other dangers.

Our mission is to is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

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