Ariella_Cohen (2)  Ariella Nasuti is the owner of Ariella Nasuti Consulting, LLC.   She assists community development, municipal, social justice, environmental, foundation, higher education, healthcare, basic needs, legal aid, Pre-K-12, charter school, workforce development, early childhood intervention, LGBTQ+, animal welfare, veterans services, library, faith-based, supportive housing, P3, and museum clients.  Learn more about the institutional funders she has been privileged to work with here.

Ariella graduated with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a B.A. in Political Science, attended the Hebrew University as a Visiting Scholar, and holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where her coursework focused on Trusts & Estates and Tax. She served as research assistant to Professor Lawrence Waggoner, American Law Institute Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Property and principal drafter of the Uniform Probate Code revisions. While in law school, Ariella was Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law and the Journal of Comparative Studies in Society and History.  She is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey.

In her nonprofit career, Ariella has been privileged to work for Columbia University, The New York Public Library, the Five College Consortium, William Paterson University, and Yeshiva University. As a senior executive, she was responsible for governance; compliance; nonprofit entity formation & tax matters; HR / culture building; accounting, budgeting, and finance; restricted fund stewardship; endowment management; fundraising; facilities management; strategic planning; investments; risk management; project management; and program evaluation. Ariella has budgeted, managed, and audited operating and capital funds in excess of $350 million, supervising both construction and physical plant operations. Her HR experience ranges from compliance to the negotiation of benefits contracts.  She oversaw the recruitment, onboarding, training, review, and offboarding of both management and support staff.  While at Columbia University, Ariella served on the institution-wide DE&I Committee.

With respect to development, Ariella has crafted, submitted, and administered federal, state, corporate, and private foundation grants totaling $150 million.  She has served on numerous advancement teams, drafting and negotiating planned giving instruments, securing and managing leadership gifts, and overseeing capital construction, legacy giving, and restricted endowment campaigns. 

Ariella worked for New York and New Jersey law firms, representing borrowers, lenders, and rating agencies in the acquisition, financing, disposition, conservation, rezoning, and securitization of commercial real estate.  With extensive experience representing both landlords and tenants in every aspect of commercial leasing, construction, and improvement, she handled all of Citicorp’s NYC leasing matters, including Citicorp Center.  For nonprofit clients, Ariella has negotiated real estate-financed CGAs and CRTs, and bargain sales of real property.  

While a graduate student in Israel, Ariella worked for Luz Industries (solar technology) and Intel.

When not working, Ariella can be found kayaking, biking, tending her organic garden, or researching her next novel.