The SHC Experience

Our team brings TRUST, TRANSPARENCY, and TRUTH to every client we partner with. Serving marginalized communities has been a thread throughout our lives and a cornerstone in each of our careers.

We are The Susan Hairston Consulting Group

Our BIPOC team understands complex organizations, the nonprofit sector, financial operations, grant funding, community engagement, leadership development & coaching and have achieved a documented reputation of excellence.

Susan D Hairston

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Susan Hairston (MPA) has led grant-making operations for multi-billion-dollar foundations and programmed millions of dollars throughout her career including 20 years of overseeing program operations for Ford Foundation and their global offices. Currently an advisor to foundations, nonprofits and their leaders, Ms. Hairston’s background as an elected official and civic leader rounds out her demonstrated commitment to serving the greater good.

Kianna Wirts

Chief of Operations & Research

Kianna Wirts is a diligent and dedicated professional with an unwavering commitment to SHC mission. With a tireless work ethic and a passion for excellence, she harnesses her expertise in research methodologies and social media strategies to drive tangible results for our clients. She provides valuable insights and guidance to clients, helping them develop research plans and optimize their social media presence. Her expertise lies in leveraging data-driven approaches to guide business growth and engagement, while simultaneously staying at the forefront of industry trends to ensure that SHC clients receive the highest-level service and achieve their business objectives in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Mark L. Quinn

Chief Financial Advisor

Mark L. Quinn is the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor at Xavier University of Louisiana. He has served on Boards including as Chair of Finance and Audit Committees having been the Executive Director of organizations that provided services to startups and emerging businesses. His career spans from Wall Street and financial services organizations to working with entrepreneurs, the true drivers of our lives and economy. His vast experience and passion for stimulating and supporting wealth creation among disadvantaged and underserved communities is only exceeded by his command of teaching excellence and instilling sound management practices.

Brionna Allen-Jordan

Executive Assistant & Marketing Advisor

Brionna Allen-Jordan, is a savvy executive assistant known for her ability to translate vision into action. With a keen eye for detail and strategic thinking, she keeps our CEO and team on the move with grace and expediency. Brionna’s background in marketing and her humble yet persuasive presence, effectively translates complex client needs into actionable plans and deliverables. She manages special projects, ensuring the SHC Group stays on track toward its goals. Serving as a trusted liaison, Brionna builds strong connections between internal and external executives, fostering synergistic partnerships that contribute to mutual and sustained success.

Deanne Chevannes

Chief Technology Advisor

Deanne Chevannes has extensive expertise in technology planning and implementation, an in-depth knowledge of philanthropy and its governing guidelines, regulations and best practices. Widely acclaimed for her insightful approach to choosing best-in-class technology solutions, her roles span product management, sales, software delivery and customer management.

Joy-Marie Abulokwe-Krapp

Chief Program Advisor

Joy-Marie Abulokwe-Krapp has dedicated her philanthropic career to improve the well-being of humankind by preventing and solving social problems. In her capacity as Program Officer and Program Director, she managed a portfolio of over $265 million to a variety of charitable organizations in the United States and around the world. Her diverse portfolio includes child welfare programs, housing discrimination programs, audience development programs for arts institutions, conflict resolution and health & welfare programs.

Miyesha Perry

Chief Grants Management Advisor

Miyesha Perry is a results-driven leader with 20 years of grant-making, business operations and non-profit experience that includes grants management, change management, strategy design and implementation, process design & management, coaching/training/ mentoring, talent development, workshop facilitation and public speaking. She led The Rainin Foundation’s GM Team in developing its new strategic plan and DEI agenda and is PEAK Grantmaking’s 2023-24 Co-Chair and a founding board member of the Black Philanthropic Alliance (BPA). 

Dr. Yvonne Styles

Chief DEI Advisor & Executive Leadership Coach

Dr. Yvonne Styles is an insightful consultant, trained and experienced in creating sustainable success models for underserved youth and their families.  With more than twenty years in the non-profit sector, Dr. Styles is a credentialed executive coach and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging expert specializing in training and capacity building for organizations, leaders and board members. Her lived experience has emblazoned in her a lifelong passion for social justice and workplace equity.

Awale (Wally) Osman

Chief Strategy Advisor, Leadership & DEI Coach

Wally Osman specializes in designing and facilitating leadership development programs and organization-wide initiatives aimed at emerging leaders, managers, and senior leaders. His curiosity and creative leadership style expands the scope of what is possible. His collaborative approach to advancing equity clears complexity and pioneers’ new paths for change. His approach to advancing equity builds consensus and motivates by doing. Over the past decade, Wally led initiatives to expand the boundaries for inclusion in philanthropy, government, K-12, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. He now uses his experiences, knowledge, and skills to help individuals and teams grow their capacity for complexity in new ways, make decisions and take action.

Brooke Tippens

Chief Development Advisor

Brooke Tippens is an accomplished CFRE who has successfully managed the logistics of more than 100 fundraisers, procured over $50 million in federal grants and contracts and has held diverse positions in a wide variety of industries including community affairs, program management, event planning, public relations and fund development. The majority of her current work focuses on servicing those in need including managing and growing community-based programs and identifying sustainable resources to support them.

Ray Wilburn

Chief Accounting Advisor

Ray Wilburn (CPA, MBA) is an accountant extraordinaire and has overseen the accounting, audits, analytical support, fiscal record reviews and financial operations for profit and nonprofit entities in addition to running his own businesses. As a former veteran, he has stayed true to his vision that organizations have the most efficient, compliant, sustainable and scalable structures to uplift the economy.

About Susan Hairston

Founder & CEO

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