My name is Susan Sunhee Volz and I’m the new Philadelphia Community Organizer at TTF Watershed Partnership. I’m so excited to be joining such a great organization and to play a role in protecting Philadelphia’s watersheds. I’m looking forward to educating and engaging citizens, businesses, and organizations to protect our precious natural resources.
Joining TTF Watershed Partnership is special to me as it is through exploring local parks and creeks in Northeast Philly that I became the environmental activist I am today. Being connected to the land is a big part of my Korean heritage and I spent most of the summers as a young child in Pennypack Park. During middle school, I was lucky enough to take environmental science classes in the park, which is where I first learned about watersheds and their role in our local ecosystem. Since then I have spent my life fighting for environmental issues in Philadelphia.
My B.A. is in Political Science and Asian Studies from Temple University and I have a Master’s of Science in Public Policy from Drexel University. At Drexel, I was part of the student divestment group, Fossil Free Drexel. As a community organizer, I believe that communities should have a say in what happens to their localities. I also believe in reshaping our relationship to nature as seeing the environment as part of our communities, as our neighbor. I want everyone to feel their own sense of stewardship of our watershed and I hope to bring that engagement into this role.
When I’m not outside in nature, I enjoy cooking, bike rides, and reading. Looking forward to working with you!