Experience

Suzanne brings over 15 years of experience in training, facilitation and nonprofit management to her consulting work supporting individuals and organizations to do their most effective and equitable work.

Prior to launching Suzanne Feinspan Consulting, Suzanne worked for over 8 years at Avodah where she served within all levels and functions of the organization - from program to development to HR to finance to strategy - also serving as the Acting Executive Director for 8 months during the organization's executive transition in 2014.  During that time, Suzanne also oversaw several expansions of Avodah's programs and drove the organization's 2013 strategic planning process which resulted in the design and launch of the organization's first new program in its (then) 16 year history, as well as a revised approach to its work with its alumni network.  Before working at Avodah, Suzanne taught sexuality and health education in several DC area nonprofits and schools.

Suzanne has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Jewish Studies with a focus on gender and sexuality.

 

Approach

Calm.  Authentic. Direct. Curious. Non-judgmental.  These are some of the words that clients and colleagues use to describe Suzanne She brings all of these characteristics to her work supporting individuals, groups and organizations in asking hard questions, delving deeper and aligning themselves with their goals and values - all with the purpose of most effectively pursuing positive change in the world.

As a trainer and facilitator, Suzanne believes that meetings, gatherings and trainings have to be interactive in order to keep participants engaged and must account for the whole person - heart, body and mind. She employs a variety of tools to engage participants on multiple levels, monitor the energy and feeling of the group, and get people moving around throughout a session.

 

Certifications and Training

 

  • Presence-Based Coaching Certification, Presence-Based Coaching, 2016-17

  • Executive Certificate in Facilitation, Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership, 2016

  • Schusterman Fellowship, Inaugural Cohort, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, 2016

  • Embodied Leadership - Level One, Strozzi Institute, 2016

  • White People Confronting Racism, Training for Change, 2016

  • Managing to Change the World, The Management Center, 2011

  • Selah Leadership Training Program, Bend the Arc, 2008

 

Selected Writing

Kol Echad: A Guide for Jewish Institutions Interested in Becoming More Inclusive of LGBTQ Families 

Ferguson and Eric Garner Are Symptoms of a Deeper Problem (JTA)

Deepening Our Days of Service (Zeek)

I Talked to My Son About Poverty.  Here's What Happened... (Kveller)

Addressing Racial Bias is a Form of Jewish Engagement (eJewishPhilanthropy)

7 Jewish Books for Kids that Promote Diversity (Kveller)

Why I Want To Read Books with Protagonists of Color To My White Son (Raising Race Conscious Children)