Attorney Ariella Nasuti is the owner of Maine-based Ariella Nasuti Consulting, LLC. She represents 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, and museum clients. Ariella provides compliance advice, grant writing and stewardship services, as well as counsel regarding legacy giving, nonprofit governance, fund accounting, placemaking initiatives, HR, program scaling, evaluation, P3 collaborations, and equity / diversity matters. 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. She attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as a Visiting Scholar (Arabic and Hebrew studies), 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. 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.
Ariella has been a consultant to national, regional, and community-based nonprofits, and a senior executive at Columbia University, William Paterson University, and the Five Colleges (Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts, and Hampshire College). She 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 Affirmative Action 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 planned giving instruments, securing and managing leadership gifts, and overseeing capital construction, legacy giving, and restricted endowment campaigns.
As a real estate attorney, Ariella was responsible for complex contract negotiations and due diligence. She represented 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 portfolio. Ariella has negotiated real estate-financed CGAs and CRTs, and bargain sales of real property. She has advised nonprofit clients regarding planned giving instruments, NDAs, RFPs, teaming agreements, service contracts, financing, real estate acquisition, conservation easements, governance issues, diversity initiatives, conflicts policies, indemnifications, privacy issues, DEI, and collaboration agreements.
When not working, Ariella can be found kayaking, tending her organic garden, or researching her next novel author website.