Susan Husari

Member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

Sue Husari is a native San Franciscan. She retired as the Fire Management Officer for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service in 2012. She has served as a public member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection since 2014 and has chaired the Resource Protection Committee and Co-Chaired the Effectiveness Monitoring Committee for the Board. She held multiple positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service from 1991 to 2002, including Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management and headed up the Fuels Management Program as Assistant Director. Husari served in multiple positions at Everglades National Park from 1987 to 1991 including Park FMO. She worked at both Pinnacles and Joshua Tree National Monuments. She was a hotshot crew member, helitack crew member, and engine operator on the Lassen National Forest from 1976 to 1981 and started her wildland fire career as a seasonal firefighter at Klamath National Forest in 1975 on a 20- person hand crew. She served in many incident management functions including Fire Behavior Analyst. She had the opportunity to work with fire scientists on a variety of projects and publications.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Firefight: How to Live in the Pyrocene

We’ve experienced yet another summer of record wildfires in the western U.S., endangering lives, displacing communities, and sending unhealthy smoke across the nation.