Susan Simpkins joined NASDA in December 2023. In her role as Associate Director, International Grant Programs, she supports financial, compliance and administrative functions for NASDA’s cooperative agreements with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, including NASDA’s A Taste of the States pavilions and international trade events and activities. Susan comes to NASDA with a diverse career background including roles as stage manager for professional theatres in the D.C. area, an operations director for the association management company MCI USA, and most recently an event planner for Capital One. Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in business with honors in theatre from Wake Forest University. Susan is from Richmond, Virginia, and outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and volunteering with a local animal rescue group.