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Susan Cohn Rockefeller
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Susan Rockefeller is a documentary filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and jewelry designer. Her documentary films have won top prizes at film festivals across the United States and around the world. Her films have explored a range of contemporary issues, often using both real life heroes and those of myths to confront issues such as ocean acidification and the future of ocean health, PTSD and the use of music to heal, the confluence of race, poverty and illness, global food sustainability. The films have aired on HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. Her latest documentary, Food For Thought, Food for Life focuses on healthy soil and sustainable agriculture, and will be released to the public in October 2015.

Susan is the founder of Protect What Is Precious. She makes a difference through collaborative projects including co-branded products and events, documentary films, and social awareness campaigns around the world to spread the message of PROTECT WHAT IS PRECIOUS.

Susan has also written several career-oriented books, including the ground-breaking Green At Work that helped usher environmentally-friendly jobs into nontraditional arenas such as art, architecture, marketing, finance and more. Susan recently completed Arctic Prayers, a memoir of her time spent in an Alaskan village teaching community gardening to Inupiat youth.

Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We Are Family Foundation and is a member of Natural Resources Defense Council Global Leadership Council. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College and her master's degree from NYU.

Entries by Susan Cohn Rockefeller

A Love Letter to the Ocean

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 6:27 PM

My earliest memories are of the ocean. Summer days spent splashing around the eastern end of Long Island and sculpting sandcastles beneath a fading afternoon sun. As I dove into the Atlantic's mighty waves and dug deep into the sand, my imagination would ebb and flow alongside the sea. Even...

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Review for Leadership in the Bible: A Practical Guide for Today

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 2:48 PM

In a world where there is a vacuum of leadership and misunderstanding, it's refreshing to find new approaches that are useful in both our personal and professional lives. Enter Paul Ohana and David Arnow, whose book Leadership in the Bible: A Practical Guide for Today finds modern strategies in the...

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Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr.

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 2:25 PM


David and I were honored to host a party for documentary filmmaker and writer Leslie Zemeckis' latest book, Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr. The biography chronicles the life of a woman who was a famous stripteaser, rubbing...

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Reviewing Robert Zemeckis' The Walk

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 6:16 PM

I've had the pleasure of seeing many of the Robert Zemeckis' films that are currently being showcased at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The retrospective coincides with the release of Zemeckis' newest film The Walk, which explores Phillippe Petit's artistic vision and focuses on his infamous...

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Food for Thought, Food for Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 2:27 PM


We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms have become supersized, our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food. Food for Thought, Food for Life, a new documentary from director...

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(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 2:25 PM


When Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat, Pray, Love she traveled to Italy to eat, India to pray, and Bali to love. Earlier this summer my husband and I made our own way to Bali and discovered that Gilbert could have saved herself...

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Topping Rose House

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 9:02 AM

Last night my husband and I had the pleasure of dining at the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. We started with a delightful appetizer of pressed watermelon topped with crab--like a tropical sushi! I'd become a bit too smitten with their bread, so the staff was kind enough to let...

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Thousands of Gulf Sea Turtles Killed by Shrimp Trawls

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 12:51 PM

Imagine that you're going for a swim in the ocean, when suddenly you're scooped up by an enormous net that drags you under. Scrambling to find an escape, you realize you're stuck, and you won't be able to come up for air. There's no way out.

This is the reality...

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Fashioning Change in the Big (Green) Apple and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 6:35 PM

The worlds of fashion, art and the environment don't often collide, even in New York City. But that is exactly what's happening on March 29 at the second annual Christie's Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth -- an event that my husband David and I are proud to be...

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Earth Day's Coming of Age

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 10:40 PM

Earth Day and I came of age together. On this 40th anniversary, it seems fitting to look back and see how both of us have changed.

I've been an environmentalist my entire life, even before Senator Gaylord Nelson brought the word into our lexicon on the first Earth Day...

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Dr. Rick Hodes is Making the Crooked Straight

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 3:19 PM

While Americans debate who is entitled to health care coverage and who isn't, Dr. Rick Hodes has been in Ethiopia quietly providing it to anyone in need. An observant Jew, Dr. Hodes left behind his comfortable Long Island life nearly twenty years ago for, quite literally, the streets...

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