Simone Gonçalves Perszyk is a senior director on Arabella’s Partner Solutions team, where she oversees capacity management and workforce planning to ensure the team can provide timely, expert, and exceptional service for several nonprofits, including the New Venture Fund, Windward Fund, and Sixteen Thirty Fund. Simone also directs pricing and profitability functions for hundreds of charitable initiatives across these nonprofits. In her role, Simone has helped donors and social entrepreneurs implement innovative donor collaboratives, campaigns, and grantmaking initiatives to realize their philanthropic goals. She has led a broad portfolio of domestic and international grantmaking projects covering a range of issues including climate change, education, children’s nutrition, and criminal justice reform.
Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Simone worked at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, where she managed a portfolio of national and international capacity-building projects in partnership with funders from the private, public, and philanthropic sectors. These projects provided specialized training benefitting more than 400 arts and cultural organizations across several countries, including Croatia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. Simone also held positions at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, where she contributed to the growth of Wolf Trap’s leadership and planned fundraising programs.
Simone has a BA in music performance from UNICAMP (Brazil), a dual MA in piano performance and accompanying from the University of Akron, and an MA in arts management from American University. Simone is a dual citizen of the United States and Brazil.