The Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation (GRSAF) announces the appointment of Sally W. Andreatta as its new executive director. Within her new role, Andreatta will lead the foundation in successfully advancing the mission as well as work to positively impact its reach and effectiveness within Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and its more than 17,000 students.
“A lot has changed since I left Grand Rapids 20 years ago. There has been so much growth and so many wonderful things happening,” said Andreatta. “This community and the Grand Rapids Public Schools inspires me and I am delighted to be part of its tremendous progress.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Andreatta began her career as an assistant buyer at Herpolsheimers before going to work for West Michigan Magazine. Andreatta then moved on to become the marketing director for Wondergem-Lukens before relocating to Southern California where she and her family have spent the last 20 years.
While in Orange County, Andreatta worked extensively in the non-profit sector focusing on advancing children’s services, particularly in athletics and the arts. After noticing her son’s ambition and talent for musical theatre, and with nowhere to go to cultivate it, Andreatta co-founded a performing arts school in the Inland Empire of California. Over the past 10 years, Andreatta advanced through a series of leadership roles, beginning with Programs Manager and culminating into the Director of Energy and Environmental Services with the Community Action Agency Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC).
“When the Board of Directors started the process of searching for a new executive director, we said we would not stop until we found the right person to carry forward, and upward, our mission — to ensure that every child in GRPS has the opportunity to learn and grow as a person through education,” said Charles Ash, GRSAF Chair. “Sally is the right person. Her passion for children’s education is infectious. She inherits a thriving foundation — built by this community over the last two decades — and along with it a tremendous potential to do even more for the children of GRPS. Sally has our full confidence.”
Andreatta replaces former Executive Director, Michele Suchovsky.
“I can’t wait to jump in and get involved! I am excited to be back home in Grand Rapids and can’t think of a better organization to be involved with,” said Andreatta. “We are blessed with astounding leadership at GRPS and my hope is to work hard in supporting and collaborating with this impressive district. They say it takes a village… and I can’t wait to be part of this invaluable village and continue the great work of this organization, its amazing Board and incredible staff.”
Andreatta holds an undergraduate degree from Principia College and is currently working to complete her MBA with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership. Andreatta has served on numerous boards including Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, McKinley Children’s Center and the Orange County School of the Arts.