Suzanne Raether



[Development Director]

Suzanne Raether brings over a decade of fundraising and strategy experience to the role of Development Director for Alternate ROOTS. They have worked with over 20 nonprofits across multiple sectors including youth development, workforce development, environmental issues, urban planning, community building, LGBTQ liberation, the arts, homelessness, juvenile and criminal justice, and disability services. They have designed funds and programs for philanthropic institutions and worked with grassroots and large organizations to achieve financial sustainability. Raether has also worked with government agencies on public-private community projects and funds.

In addition, Raether runs a consulting practice and is a teacher and author. Born Queer in rural Louisiana, they understand the destructive nature of white supremacy and have built community and facilitated programming that challenges and dismantles its power. They also provide training on dismantling white supremacy in fundraising practices.

Suzanne lives in Vancouver, WA and is grateful to be able to keep their soul grounded in Louisiana by working with ROOTS.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.