Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives
Susan Hairston, Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives has been working with DCM since January 2020 when DCM expanded our national footprint, to meet our clients’ growing demand for executive search and board and leadership coaching.
Susan is a nationally recognized civic leader and an accomplished Operations Executive in philanthropy. Susan Hairston is the CEO of Susan Hairston Consulting LLC and is committed to strengthening nonprofits that serve marginalized communities. Following a stellar career in the Foundation Grantmaking world, Susan draws on her decades of financial and operational management, strategic planning and governance experience to equip nonprofits to be Foundation-funding ready.
Since joining DCM Susan has been a featured guest on podcasts and Webinars consulted with nonprofits and foundations on board and leadership coaching, strategic planning, DEIB advising and of course executive search for our growing roster of clients.
Susan is a trusted coalition builder and has organized events bringing together government officials and diverse organizations across the globe. She has been appointed to serve on several government and non-profit boards including Commissioner of the Union County Board of Taxation, the Center for Effective Philanthropy Advisory Board, Union County College’s Board of Governors, the Board of Education and Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Forum for Diversity. She made history in November, 2019 by being elected Summit, NJ’s first African American Councilmember.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Susan earned a Master of Public Administration from Seton Hall University and is an Ascent Fellow from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Before consulting, Susan directed Grants Management at the JPB Foundation, a $4 Billion asset national foundation that focuses on transformational initiatives that impact people in poverty, sustain the environment and enable medical research, after previously directing the Ford Foundation’s $450 million annual grant-making operations team.
Susan has received several awards including the Tri City NAACP Humanitarian and Community Service Award, Summit’s Good Scouts Award, MLK Keeper of the Dream Award.
Said Hairston: “Joining such an esteemed group of colleagues at DCM Associates has been an honor and a delight to meet the amazing breadth of clients and also a great deal of fun!”