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Suzie's Background

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President Donald Trump's Campaign and Administration

Presidential Campaign: Indiana State Director (2016)

  • Led the Trump/Pence statewide campaign through both the primary and general elections.

  • Traveled across Indiana, working with Republican leaders and voters for the campaign.

  • Guided the ground game, strategic messaging and endorsement initiatives.

  • Established and managed four offices across the state, with 12 staff members and hundreds of volunteers.


Presidential Appointment: Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy

  • Diligently worked to help the United States become energy independent.

  • Oversaw a $1.4 billion budget and 175 employees.

  • Acted as the lead political liaison between the Office of Nuclear Energy, the Secretary of Energy and the White House.

  • Served as the U.S. representative for two global energy organizations.

Leading the Country

Under Suzie's leadership, Indiana became the first state in the nation to declare victory for our 45th President in November 2016.

Global Trailblazer

Suzie became the first female chair of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation, a 65-country organization dedicated to nuclear energy issues.

Service To Our Country

Advisor to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria (September 2020 to June 2021)

  • Provide advice and counsel on program development and management pertaining to pandemic prevention, cancer applications, climate change and clean energy.

  • Developed IAEA Human Development Applications of Nuclear Technology Programme in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development GOals.

  • Responsible for outreach and liaison between IAEA and C-Level corporate leaders.

Previous Experience

Communications & Government Relations Director

Hallador Energy / Sunrise Coal, LLC (2010 to 2016)

  • Managed all aspects of corporate communications, government affairs, investor relations and market research.

  • Spearheaded a first-of-a-kind statewide advocacy and advertising campaign through the Indiana Coal Council, which resulted in measurable increases in awareness and positive attitudes.

Principal & Founder

Ryder Research Consulting (1994 to 2010)

  • Provided communications strategy, market research and strategic planning as an embedded resource for marketing firms.

  • Clients included corporations and organizations in the areas of energy, biopharmaceuticals, consumer products, higher education, economic development and issues advocacy.


Radford University, Radford, Virginia - Bachelor of Science, Business Marketing

Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia - Graduate Studies, Business Administration

Leadership Roles
  • Indiana State Senate Candidate (2015)

  • Richard G. Lugar Series for Excellence in Public Service (2014)

  • Indiana Leadership Forum (2013)

  • International Atomic Energy Agency Conference, "U.S. Perspectives on Clean Energy" (2019, Vienna, Austria)

  • Global Clean Energy Ministerial, Panel Facilitator (2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • GE Hitachi Company Town Hall, U.S. DOE Update (2019, Wilmington, NC)

  • American Nuclear Society National Annual Meeting, Plenary Speaker on Carbon-Free Energy Future (2019, Minneapolis, MN)

  • Tokyo Institute of Technology, Millennial Nuclear Caucus, Keynote Speaker (2018, Tokyo, Japan)

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