SUSAN K. RIEFF
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Susan K. Rieff was named Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in July 2004.Before joining the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Rieff served as Policy Director for Land Stewardship for the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest member-supported conservation group. Rieff's responsibilities included national policy development and program direction for NWF's land-related projects and activities nationwide.
From 1995 to 1998 Rieff served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., where she was chief operating officer for the Office of the Secretary. There she was also responsible for directing major policy initiatives and interagency projects, including creation of a national monument in Utah and the Department's participation in the President's Clean Water Action Plan.
From 1991 to 1995, Rieff served as Policy Council Director and Director of Environmental Policy for Governor Ann Richards of Texas. In addition to managing the policy staff, she developed policy and legislative proposals, oversaw implementation of a state environmental agency reorganization and other initiatives, and coordinated state agency actions.
Rieff's government experience also includes tenure as Assistant Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture (1988-91), where she directed pesticide enforcement, pest management, and natural resources programs. She was selected as the first Director of Resource Protection for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and served in that role from 1985-1988. Rieff worked in the Congress from 1981-85 as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas for environmental and natural resources legislation.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Texas Christian University with a degree in environmental sciences, Rieff also holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas and has completed additional graduate work at Duke University. She is a part-time visiting professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT, where she teaches seminars in environmental policy. Rieff is a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas.