Suganthi is a seasoned social impact leader with extensive private and public sector experience. She joined JPMorgan Chase’s Global Philanthropy team in 2022, where she leads philanthropic grantmaking strategies for Georgia, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina. Suganthi coordinates cross-firm investments, collaborates with key public and private sector stakeholders, and engages the philanthropic community to drive an inclusive economy and lead the firm’s efforts to expand racial equity in her markets.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as Senior Program Officer for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta for over eight years. There she managed a $5 million annual grantmaking portfolio focused on community development in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods. She was the responsible for community engagement and managing collaborative strategies in health, economic inclusion, workforce development, affordable housing, and civic empowerment and engagement.
Prior to entering philanthropy, Suganthi spent over 14 years in the federal government, working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She held multiple leadership roles in Washington, D.C. and in Atlanta, with an interdisciplinary focus on environmental evaluation, green building, sustainable communities and development, and environmental justice. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Wellesley College and received her master’s degree in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University.