Interim Executive Director
With over 20+ years of leadership experience in the arts, Suzy has committed her career to enhancing the impact of mission-based organizations and building opportunity and equity in the cultural sector. She believes in the power of artists to transform and lift up communities, and to help navigate some of the most important conversations of our times. Suzy most recently served as Interim Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park where she supported board and staff through a leadership transition by addressing important systems and capacity issues, aligning operations and programmatic work with broader goals, including building and maintaining funder relationships and surpassing financial projections, ultimately laying the groundwork for the permanent leader’s success.
Suzy previously served as President and Executive Director of Creative Capital, an innovative arts nonprofit that uses venture philanthropy model in the support of individual artists. As the second Executive Director in Creative Capital’s history, she oversaw some of the most dramatic changes in the organization’s two-decade history. Under her leadership, Creative Capital increased its annual operating budget by 20 percent, she further developed the board by adding new active members while also establishing a National Advisory Council and providing expanded services to artists by instituting annual awards. Prior to Creative Capital, Suzy was the founding Director of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, where she oversaw all aspects of the development and opening of the museum. She previously served as Director of External Affairs and Development at El Museo Del Barrio, where she dramatically increased the museum’s budget and attendance over her eleven-years there. Before joining El Museo, she worked for the American Composers Orchestra following a career in consumer banking and advertising. Suzy serves as adjunct faculty at The New School University and has regularly guest lectured at universities across the country. She serves on the Boards of ArtTable and The Laundromat Project and is a member of The Metropolitan Museum’s Advisory Committee in Culture Engagement. She was born and raised in Curaçao and speaks Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento.
Over the last two decades, Suzy has raised millions of dollars in support of missions that matter. She has developed an integrated approach to leading and managing institutions and her goals are consistent—put into place the right people, programs and systems that foster long-term sustainability and thriving organizations. Suzy is pleased to support A Blade of Grass during this time of transition and work closely with its founder, board, artists, colleagues and collaborators. It is a privilege to leverage her expertise to be of service to a community that is close to her heart.