The Team


 
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Susannah Darrow, Principal

Susannah Darrow is the Founder and Principal of Susannah Darrow Consulting. Susannah works to build greater awareness of the arts as a means to develop a more culturally engaged and forward thinking Atlanta.

Susannah currently serves as the District 2 Arts and Culture Advisor to Atlanta City Councilmember Amir Farokhi. Susannah served as the Co-Chair of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2019. She was a member of LEAD Atlanta in 2016, and participated in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute (2106) and the Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta. In 2014, Georgia Trend Magazine named her as one of 40 top leaders under age 40. In 2013, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits named her in their list of top 30 nonprofit leaders under age 30.

Susannah served as the Executive Director of ArtsATL, a nonprofit online publication based in Atlanta, Georgia that covers the city's arts and culture communities. She is also the founding Executive Director of BURNAWAY, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing critical coverage and dialogue about arts in the Southeast.


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Jenna Gould, Associate Consultant

Jenna Gould is an Associate Consultant with SDC and oversees grants management for SDC’s clients. Having worked in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, Jenna is highly adaptable to her clients’ needs. She brings nine years of collective experience in project management, arts administration, and development to the SDC team. Prior to joining SDC, Jenna worked with organizations that include Atlanta Contemporary, Art Papers, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Midtown Alliance, and PennHouse Productions. Jenna was featured as a 2019 Leading Lady by C4 Atlanta. She received her B.A. from Davidson College.


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Jamila G. Lewis, Associate Consultant

Jamila G. Lewis is a nonprofit professional whose passion is to find creative and effective ways to share information to the audiences who need it. Having earned her M.A.T. in Museum Education from George Washington University, she has dedicated her career to supporting and building education and the arts, including time spent at The Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum of Art, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Smithsonian Institution, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. She is a proud member of the Junior League of Dekalb County, and volunteers with organizations whose missions are close to her heart. Jamila loves and lives with her two guinea pigs, Ricky and Fred.


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Virginia Nugent, Director of Operations

Virginia (aka Gin) specializes in taking care of business so creatives can thrive. Her 30 years in arts management span circus, opera, theatre, dance, spectacle, musicals and more. Companies include Pittsburgh Opera, History Theatre, Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Chicago Dramatists, The Actors Gymnasium, Synchronicity Theatre, Rival Entertainment, Q & A Events and Circus Arts Institute. Gin has served on numerous industry committees and is most proud of co-founding Enrich Evanston: an arts equity task force. She has developed guidelines for City of Evanston’s grant program promoting equity in hiring leaders of color in arts organizations, and reviewed grants for Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Regional Arts Council and South Arts.


 
 
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Nasim M. Fluker, Collaborator

Nasim M. Fluker is the founder and principal of Thrd Space, a consulting firm that helps organizations forge meaningful community partnerships and build the capacity to execute their missions. She has a passion for equitable community development. Nasim is driven by a desire to help others by leveraging resources that preserve and develop existing community assets while attracting new investments. Prior to founding Thrd Space, Nasim was the Director of Programs at the Westside Future Fund. Prior to her work at the Westside Future Fund, Nasim was the Program Manager at the Atlanta Committee for Progress, supporting its economic development priorities. While completing her graduate work, Nasim studied health outcomes in underserved communities and developed health promotion programs from an intersectional, equity lens. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from Georgia State University and a B.A. in International Development from American University. Nasim is a graduate of Lead Atlanta (2016). She lives in Smyrna with her husband, Clint, and son, Zayn.

 

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Laura Moody, Collaborator

Laura Moody is the Founder of Peach State Collective and has held positions with the Midtown Alliance, Savannah College of Art & Design, the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and was part of the team that initially opened MODA--the Museum of Design Atlanta. Laura is a member of the 2017 Class of Outstanding Atlanta, the Urban Land Institute's Center for Leadership Class of 2016, and served as a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Millennial Advisory Council. She launched her own creative support agency, Peach State Collective in 2015 and has produced events, programming, communications and development strategies for a variety of nonprofit and for profit businesses in metro Atlanta.


 
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Keisha Green, Associate

Keisha Green is a freelance grant writer based in Atlanta, GA. She has been working with nonprofit organizations for over ten years. In 2010, she developed and ran FutureShock Atlanta, a nonprofit youth dance company. She also worked for Louisiana State University as a grants coordinator, securing over $1 million dollars in funds for the School of Veterinary Medicine.

 
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Jennifer Schmitz, Associate

Jennifer Schmitz is a fundraising professional with more than 7 years experience in grant writing, database management and special events. After serving as an AmeriCorps member, her first fundraising position was at All About Developmental Disabilities, where her team secured a $2.5 million endowment. She has also worked at TechBridge, Hands On Atlanta, and New American Pathways where her goal has been to the leave her mark on the agency with processes and organization. In her free time. Jenn enjoys rock climbing and trivia nights with friends.