Suzy Friedman

Senior Director, Agricultural Sustainability


Areas of expertise:
environmental science and policy, nutrient use efficiency, agricultural sustainability, agricultural supply chains, USDA conservation programs, precision agriculture

Suzy Friedman plays a lead role in EDF’s work to collaborate with farmers, grower organizations, agribusinesses, food companies and retailers to improve the resilience and sustainability of the U.S. agricultural system.

Suzy specializes in developing partnerships with key agricultural stakeholders to engage the full supply chain, leverage policy and bring conservation to scale. Guided by science and economics, she focuses on conservation practices that improve farm productivity and profitability, climate stability, water quality and resilience to extreme weather. Suzy has been at EDF since January 2001.

Additional achievements:

  • Member, Field to Market
  • Member, Sustainability Council of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy


Previous work experience:
  • Associate Director of Outreach, American Rivers
  • Media Associate, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Intern, The Nature Conservancy
  • M.S., Environmental Science and Policy, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., History (High Honors), Certificate in Environmental Studies, Princeton University

Co-Chair, Virginia Waste Solutions Forum; Member, EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee; Director, Bay Farms Nutrient Use Efficiency and Community-Based Composting Project; Member, Chesapeake Bay Program Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Workgroup; Member, NRCS State Technical Committees of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.


Food for Thought: A Proposal to Reform Farm Programs to Preserve the Environment and Help Family Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters (co-author), August 2001.

Getting More Bang for the Buck: Nine Suggestions for Improving State EQIP Ranking Criteria (co-author), February 2003.

Getting an Even Bigger Bang for the Buck (co-author), July 2004.

Cost Effective and Environmentally Beneficial Manure Management Practices and Strategies for Increasing Implementation and Fostering Innovation — National Dairy Environmental Stewardship Council (co-author), January 2005.

Farming for Clean Water: Innovative Solutions to Reduce Chesapeake Bay Farm Runoff (co-author), December, 2007.

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