Susan Oetgen joined the NASAA staff in 2014. As manager of the Professional Development Institute, her primary responsibilities include working with NASAA’s Arts Education Working Group on coordinating professional development activities of state arts agency arts education managers, leading orientations and facilitating mentorships for new state arts agency arts education managers, and maintaining the arts education managers’ peer-to-peer network.
Prior to joining the NASAA staff, Susan lived in Brooklyn, New York, where she was an artist, manager, educator and facilitator with a variety of performing arts organizations, including The Field, Stamford Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. As an educator and trainer with a focus on creative collaboration and conflict resolution, she has designed and implemented several professional development workshops and retreats for artist peers and arts management professionals, as well as a variety of teaching artist residencies with youth in public schools. She also has served as a teaching artist/coach with the Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) program, coaching New York City special education teachers and paraprofessionals on EASE’s unique arts-integration curriculum for children with autism and emotional disturbance. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Susan holds a B.A. in theology from Georgetown University, an M.M. in classical vocal performance from the Catholic University of America, and a certificate in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution.