The common thread in all of her work has been thoughtful analysis, strategic planning and message development, a collaborative approach, and effective execution and follow-up.  She holds a Master's degree in government from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Throughout her career, Susan has built close working relationships with other experienced, talented professionals whose backgrounds vary from hers in complementary ways.  These individuals now work with her on an as-needed basis, lending their expertise and creativity to client projects.  This enables Loyd Associates to provide a wide range of senior-level expertise and a wealth of resources to its clients while maintaining very competitive billing rates.  

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Loyd Associates was founded by Susan Loyd in 2014.  With more than 20 years of experience in public affairs communications and management, Susan is an innovative, creative problem-solver, who has a proven track record of helping clients reach and surpass their goals.  She has successfully worked with senior leaders in private business and national nonprofit organizations and foundations, as well as government leaders at the federal, state and local level.  She has planned and conducted outreach to stakeholders across the private, public and nonprofit sectors.  

Susan has worked with a diverse range of public policy issues, including energy, water resources and watershed management, the environment, economic development, workforce development, education, low-income families, affordable transportation, consumer financial protections, and more.  She has substantial experience in conveying highly complex or technical information to a broad range of stakeholder audiences, making sure that it is consistent, accessible and actionable.  

Susan's most recent positions, in reverse-chronological order:

  • Communications Director, personal staff of the Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC
  • Vice President, The Hatcher Group, a highly respected public affairs firm, Bethesda, MD
  • Senior Public Affairs Associate, The Urban Institute, a renowned research institution and think tank, Washington, DC
  • Principal, Loyd-Gilbert Associates, a public affairs consulting firm specializing in environmental issues, Minneapolis, MN.

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