Susan K. Trautman, CPRP is the Executive Director of The Great Rivers Greenway District, which works for a clean, green, connected St. Louis region. She has been instrumental in advancing the District’s vision of improving the quality of life in St. Louis by building the River Ring, a 600-mile web of more than 45 greenways, parks and trails that are crisscrossing St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, covering 1,200 square miles and a population of two million people. She oversees initiatives that impact over 100 municipalities, helping to create and preserve recreation spaces, stimulate economic growth, connect neighborhoods and encourage healthier lifestyles. The District is also the public steward of the recently passed Prop P, the Safe and Accessible Arch and Public Parks Initiative a 3/16 sales tax which provides $100 million in public funds to match $220 million being privately raised for the renovation of the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis Riverfront. Prop P effectively doubled the District’s revenue as well as provided for additional park funding for St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
Trautman’s background includes serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Des Peres, as Planner/Principal with SWT Design, and serving the City of Clayton, Mo., as Director of Parks and Recreation and as Executive Director of The Center of Clayton. For nearly 30 years, she was responsible for guiding the development and enhancement of numerous park facilities, trails, ball parks and recreation centers, and delivering successful projects such as the $27 million Lodge in Des Peres and the $19 million Center of Clayton.
Trautman was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “2011 Top 25 Influential Business Women” and in 2012 was awarded the “Missourian Award” for her long time efforts in improving the quality of life in Missouri through parks and recreation services. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Recreation and Park Association and is a member of the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration, for which she held a number of offices. Trautman has been active with the Missouri Parks and Recreation throughout her career serving as President in 2006 and receiving the Fellow Award in 2010. Trautman served as a Board member for the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and the University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources Advisory Council. [updated 1/14]