A foundation focused on student advancement at Grand Rapids Public Schools has a new executive director.
The Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation said yesterday it hired Sally Andreatta for the role.
Andreatta will lead the organization’s mission of "positively" impacting more than 17,000 students in GRPS.
She is replacing the post recently held by Michele Suchovsky.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Andreatta began her career as an assistant buyer at Herpolsheimer's and working for West Michigan Magazine. She was then marketing director for Wondergem-Lukens, before moving to Southern California, where she and her family have spent the last 20 years.
While there, Andreatta worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on advancing children’s services, particularly in athletics and the arts, and 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, most recently as the director of energy and environmental services for the Community Action Agency Partnership of Orange County.
“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,” said Charles Ash, board chair, Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation.
“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 has served on numerous boards, including Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, McKinley Children’s Center and the Orange County School of the Arts.
She holds a B.A. in business administration from Principia College and is working toward an M.B.A. in nonprofit leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.
“I am excited to be back home in Grand Rapids and can’t think of a better organization to be involved with,” Andreatta said. “We are blessed with astounding leadership at GRPS, and my hope is to work hard in supporting and collaborating with this impressive district.”