Susie Emmert is Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer at LSS. She oversees both state and national advocacy initiatives for the organization to improve services and public policies. She is known for her energetic resolve and ability to galvanize bipartisan support on important policy issues that promote health, stability and a full life in community for all Minnesotans.
Emmert joined LSS in 2009 as an Advocacy Manager, primarily to connect people served by the organization with legislators to share their personal stories and how public policies affected their lives so that elected officials could make more informed decisions.
Most recently, as Senior Director of Advocacy, Emmert helped organize and lead the “This Is Medicaid” coalition to protect Minnesotans from cuts to their healthcare. She also provided leadership for the Best Life Alliance coalition to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Minnesota and strengthen the workforce that supports them. She has been deployed to other Lutheran organizations nationally to help them advance their advocacy initiatives. Before joining LSS, Emmert worked directly with individuals with traumatic brain injuries, mental illness and other disabilities.
She has received numerous awards for her extensive and tenacious advocacy work, including Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s CEO Leadership Award given to one of 2,300 employees annually.
Emmert earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree at the Ohio University in Athens and her Master of Social Work degree with a focus on Program Development, Policy and Administration at Augsburg University in Minneapolis.
Since 2011, she has served as an adjunct instructor of Public Policy and History of Social Welfare at Augsburg, and more recently at St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s universities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.
Saint Paul, MN 55108