Susanne DesRoches

Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts: Visiting Artist and Scholar Series

Susanne DesRoches is the Regulatory Director for Energy at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate & Sustainability and Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency. She is responsible for the City’s energy policy and regulatory affairs at the local, state, and federal levels, and directs the City’s efforts to transition to 100% clean electricity by 2040. Susanne leads the City’s long-term energy planning efforts, which centers on decarbonization while prioritizing a just and affordable energy transition for all New Yorkers.


Susanne also directs the City’s policies and programs designed to adapt regional infrastructure systems to climate change, including electric, gas, and transportation systems. She leads the City’s efforts to ensure climate resiliency is integrated into utility and bulk power system planning, and oversees the development of the NYC Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines. Susanne leads the NYC Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which works to identify climate risks and coordinate adaptation strategies, and is a chapter author for the fourth National Climate Assessment.


Susanne was previously the Chief of Resilience and Sustainability for the Engineering Department at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. Susanne is on the faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and School of Professional Studies.