Attorney Ariella Nasuti is the owner of Maine-based Ariella Nasuti Consulting, LLC. She represents municipal, social justice, 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 legal advice, grant writing and stewardship services, as well as counsel regarding nonprofit governance, placemaking initiatives, HR, program scaling, evaluation, planned giving, P3, and equity / diversity matters. Learn more about the 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, and holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where her coursework focused on Trusts & Estates and Tax. She served as Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law and the Journal of Comparative Studies in Society and History. Ariella is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey.
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. Ariella served on Columbia University’s Affirmative Action Committee.
With respect to development, Ariella has crafted, submitted, and administered federal, state, corporate, and private foundation grants totaling $100 million. She has served on numerous advancement teams, drafting planned giving instruments, securing leadership gifts, and overseeing capital construction, legacy giving, and restricted endowment campaigns.
Ariella got her nonprofit start at Yeshiva University and subsequently served as:
- Business Manager of Columbia University Law School;
- Assistant Dean of Administration at Columbia’s School of the Arts;
- Budget Director of William Paterson University;
- Acting Budget Director and Senior Budget Analyst of The New York Public Library; and,
- Treasurer of the Five College Consortium (Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, The University of Massachusetts, and Hampshire College).
As a real estate attorney at New York’s Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Ariella was responsible for complex contract negotiations and due diligence. She represented borrowers, lenders, and rating agencies in the acquisition, financing, disposition, 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 complex planned giving instruments, NDAs, RFPs, service contracts, financing, real estate acquisition, conservation easements, governance issues, diversity initiatives, conflicts policies, indemnifications, and collaboration agreements.
When not working, Ariella can be found biking, kayaking, tending her organic garden, or researching her next novel author website.