Vice President of Development and External Affairs
Susan Sink joined American Farmland Trust as Vice President of Development and External Affairs in 2011. In this capacity, she oversees the organization’s fundraising activities – including membership, major gifts, foundations, corporations, government support and planned giving – as well as marketing and communications. Simultaneously, she works closely with the Board and President to develop the organization’s overall direction for raising revenue.
Sink brings more than 25 years of experience in structuring and managing multi-faceted development operations. Prior to joining the American Farmland Trust team, she served as the Executive Director of Campaigns and Leadership Giving for Radford University in Virginia; Senior Director of Principal Gifts for the Nature Conservancy; Senior Director of Development for the National Academy of Engineering in Washington D.C.; and Assistant Vice President of College and Constituent Units Director of Development for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, where she also received the President’s Award for Excellence.
As the owner of a Sinkland Farms in southwest Virginia, agriculture plays a strong role in Sink’s life. She purchased the farm with her late husband Henry in 1980 and, along with their children, has helped to transform the family’s farm from a dairy and beef production operation into an educational institution that teaches the community about the heritage of agriculture, while emphasizing conservation practices for environmental sustainability.
Sink holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, and an M.S. in Guidance and Higher Education Administration, both from Radford University.
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