Step Up Savannah Announces New Executive Director

Suzanne Donovan
Suzanne Donovan

Step Up Savannah, Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty in Savannah, recently hired Suzanne Donovan as its executive director. In her new position, Donovan is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations by carrying out Step Up Savannah’s mission with board members and partners, managing finances, and leading policy and advocacy efforts.

“On behalf of Step Up Savannah’s board, having Suzanne as director is a fantastic opportunity to address issues in our community surrounding poverty,” said John Wills, current board chairman, Step Up Savannah, and president, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Savannah Area, Inc. “After conducting an extensive, national search, the board voted unanimously to select Suzanne. She is an absolute star and will be integral in fulfilling this organization’s important mission.”

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Santa Cruz, Donovan went on to earn her master’s degree in journalism from the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Prior to her job as executive director, Donovan worked as deputy director of communications and policy, where she handled external and internal communications and policy strategies to promote Step Up Savannah as the leading voice on poverty issues, oversaw the Neighborhood Leadership Academy for Step Up, and trained neighborhood leaders to broaden their understanding of community issues and develop effective advocacy skills. In addition, Donovan was an editor at Savannah Morning News, where she supervised breaking news and directed award-winning reporting on numerous in-depth series.

Currently residing in Savannah, Ga., Donovan volunteers with the United Way of the Coastal Empire as a member of the Community Indicators Coalition, has completed the Leadership Savannah Program, and has been recognized as the only non-lawyer to receive the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s lifetime honorary membership as executive director. She is also the co-author of “Texas Death Row,” a photojournalism book that depicts life on death row for Texas inmates.

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