Annabelle Suddreth has served 31 years in leadership roles in various types of organizations. Sixteen years of for-profit leadership coupled with 16 years of nonprofit management experience have given Annabelle a unique blend of head and heart: good business sense with a passion for serving.
During her nearly eight years as Executive Director of A Child’s Place, Annabelle grew the agency from serving 480 to 2,650 client children, tripled the 100-percent-privately-funded agency budget and employed the latest technology to enable data management and performance measurement. In 2012, A Child’s Place was presented Leadership Charlotte’s Community Service Legacy Award for enriching and improving the quality of life in our community through creativity and innovation in community service. In 2009, Annabelle received the Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business award.
As Director of Strategic Partnerships for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Annabelle was responsible for developing and managing over 2,000 mutually beneficial business and community partnerships and the management of more than 30,000 school-based volunteers.
At Urban Ministry Center, Annabelle served as Development Director raising awareness and funds, including a $2.7M capital campaign and then went on to serve as the Associate Executive Director, responsible for the daily management and operations of a 16-member staff.
As Transamerica’s Director of Future Technologies, Annabelle was responsible for the development and utilization of emerging technologies in the financial services industry. She went on to serve as Director of Technology Services where she developed, implemented, maintained and enhanced the company’s computer and telecommunications infrastructure, research, training and support.
Additional for-profit experience includes developing the first nation-wide area network for Royal Insurance, creating the first Executive Information System for First Union (now Wells Fargo) and developing applications, management reporting and implementing special events for the City of Charlotte’s Personnel Department. Annabelle’s entrepreneurial spirit surfaced during throughout her career with the ownership of three businesses: residential construction, consulting and technology.
Annabelle’s civic and volunteer commitments include serving as a board member on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Coalition for Housing, working on three mission trips in Burundi, Africa, assisting on the Small Schools Project at Olympic High School. She supports many community projects such as the World Changers, Mission Serve, Room in the Inn, Habitat for Humanity and the Carolinas Carrousel parade as well as a volunteering at Charlotte-area public schools.
Charlotte has been Annabelle’s home for 30 years. She and her husband, David, are blessed with three children Daniel, Katie and Carly and son-in-law, Josh. Annabelle holds an MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte and a BA in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill.