Board of Directors

Susan Hammel


As a philosophy major who went to Wall Street, Susan Hammel translates between passionate social changemakers and expert accountants. In her role as Founder of Cogent Consulting Inc., Susan is serving her second year as Minnesota Council on Foundation Executive in Residence for impact investing, designed and launched the new $20 million Minnesota Impact Investing Collaborative fund, and is leading the charge to map the Twin Cities impact investing ecosystem, thanks to support from the Bush Foundation and the Otto Bremer Trust.

Susan has served as Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and CFO for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Washington DC, and Lecturer in Nonprofit Management for the University of Chicago. She obtained her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and graduated cum laude Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota.

Susan has extensive board experience, serving on the Sunrise Banks’ Advisory Board and prior chair of the Citizens League and NPH USA. Susan and her family reside in Deephaven, a lakeside community outside Minneapolis where she enjoys sailing, powerwalking and skiing.

Citizens League
400 Robert St N, Suite 1820
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 293-0575