Meet The Arabella Team

Simone Goncalves Perszyk

Associate Director

Simone Goncalves Perszyk is an associate director on the Managed Organizations team. Simone provides support to Arabella’s managed nonprofits, including the New Venture Fund and the Hopewell Fund, both 501(c)(3) organizations, and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. With extensive experience in project management and the nonprofit sector, Simone helps philanthropists incubate and launch public interest projects, donor collaboratives, and grant-making programs. She manages a portfolio of projects focused on a range of topics, including youth development and education, criminal justice reform, and the environment.

Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Simone worked at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, managing 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 served on the Advisory Review Panel of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and on the Host Committee for the 40th Anniversary of the American University Arts Management program. She recently completed Leadership Fairfax’s Emerging Leadership Institute program, a 10-month intensive leadership program for young professionals throughout Northern Virginia.

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.

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