Susan GroveCommunity Advisor
Susan Grove is committed to facilitating collaboration, connecting across difference and creating lasting conditions for greater equality. She has dedicated more than twenty years to supporting diverse mission-driven organizations – faith-based, economic and rural development, anti-poverty, food system change, and holistic adult education. She has worked in Romania, India, Ecuador, Cambodia, Laos, Kenya, Mali, the Philippines, Ethiopia and China as a consultant to Oxfam America, director of the US Office of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, and Peace Corps Volunteer. In 2008, she shifted her focus to community-based work in the US, serving as the first Executive Director of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and coordinating the grassroots Poughkeepsie Plenty food justice initiative. Currently, she manages the cross-departmental community engagement strategy at the Omega Institute. Her work has involved participatory facilitation, strategic planning, program development and implementation, resource development, financial management and governance. She holds a graduate degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She is an active member of the Race Unity Circle, Hudson Valley Feminists, the Board of the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, the Community Advisory Board of the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum,the Neighborhood Revitalization Committee of Hudson River Housing, and sPOKe Poughkeepsie (bicycle advocates).