How to Engage Your Community Through Nonprofit Leadership (Stacy Sumner Jesso) 

December 2020

Perhaps you are considering a move between nonprofit sectors, or even moving to an entirely different community to advance your career.  As a nonprofit leader, these are transitions you'll likely manage along your journey, and you may also be helping navigate such a transition for someone who joins your team.  My guest in episode #75 of the Path Podcast, Stacy Sumner Jesso, has managed all of these transitions, and shares great lessons and advice from her nonprofit career in healthcare philanthropy, human services, education and arts & culture.  She's also navigated the move from for-profit to nonprofit, and has learned how to bring these skills and her community connections to best benefit her charitable causes and the communities she's served.

"If you're not open to trying new things, you're never going to be successful."


Stacy Sumner Jesso is the Principal of SumnerMadison Consulting, LLC. She is an experienced non-profit leader with diverse background in the areas of strategic planning and facilitation, volunteer program development, organizational development, new business development, board relations, community relations, marketing and communications, fund development, and public relations. Stacy's specialties include building productive teams and implementing growth strategies by moving individuals, teams, and organizations to their next level of functioning. Prior to her current consulting role, Stacy served as the Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Nash UNC Health Care for seven years in Rocky Mount, NC. Before moving to Rocky Mount, Stacy held several Director of Development/Executive Director roles at the Council for Children's Rights, Mint Museum, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, and St. Marks Foundation, all in Charlotte, NC.