Susi Hamilton is one of NC’s most popular political figures and has spearheaded major developments for the film and entertainment industry, historic preservation and energy / sustainability in North Carolina, her home state. She has most recently been appointed as Governor Roy Cooper’s Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources for the state of North Carolina. Susi is a passionate and compelling speaker on a range of topics, including public policy, education, women’s issues and corporate and social responsibility.
In 2011, Susi was elected to serve as the North Carolina State Representative in the General Assembly, representing the residents of District 18 in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. The senior member of her delegation, she has focused her efforts on fighting for an equal and quality education for all, job creation, and on improving the lives and health of women, children and families. Susi Hamilton is currently serving her fourth term.
Her current committee assignments in the NCGA include serving as Vice-Chair for Public Utilities and Energy, and as a member of the Transportation, Rules, Commerce, Environment, Finance, Ways and Means, and Insurance committees, as well as the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee.
Rep. Hamilton has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Wilmington, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the Founder and CEO of Hamilton Planning, a consulting firm that offers business development services. She previously served as Executive Director of Wilmington Downtown, Inc., where she led the effort to redevelop downtown by encouraging and facilitating investment in real estate, and recruiting new businesses and job opportunities. Prior to that position Rep. Hamilton served as a Senior Planner in the Long Range Planning Division for the City of Wilmington. She lives in Downtown Wilmington with her husband Steve, and daughter Parker Elizabeth.
Building Bridges in Local Communities: How Business Can Most Effectively Work with Local Government and Policymakers
Building Better Downtowns: Best Practices, Preservation and People
The New Workforce: How to Attract Creative Industries to Your Town
Her Personal Journey Through Political Life