Openlands Staff Emily Reusswig

Emily Reusswig serves as the Vice President of Conservation and Policy at Openlands, where she works with leadership, staff, and board to implement strategies, policies, and projects that conserve land and water across northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region. Her career has spanned organizations working in the arts and cultural heritage with a throughline in regional place-based community investment and sustainable development, most recently as Executive Director of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.
Emily serves on the Executive Committee for the Chicago Wilderness Alliance and the Greater Chicago Watershed Alliance, the board of the Illinois Environmental Council, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County Conservation & Policy Steering Committee. She is proud to be a friend of the Chicago River Paddle Guide and TreeKeeper #1526 in her spare time. She was honored to be the 2019 recipient of the Promising Young Leadership Award from the Association of Midwest Museums and a 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellow. She is a graduate of DePaul University.

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