The Northeast Arc, a not-for-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, has hired Susan Ring Brown in the newly created role of Director, Foundation & Corporate Engagement.

In her role, Ring Brown will be responsible for managing and executing all grant proposal processes for foundation and corporate requests for the most well-known provider of comprehensive disability services in Massachusetts.  She will be making funders aware of how the organization’s Center for Linking Lives and countless other initiatives are changing lives every day.

This is a return to the Northeast Arc for Ring Brown who previously worked for the organization in a variety of roles, including: Development Project Manager, Chief Development Officer, Director of Development, and Grants Manager.

“I’m thrilled Susan is back as an integral part of the Northeast Arc development team,” said Craig Welton, Chief Development Officer, Northeast Arc.  “Susan’s understanding of the Northeast Arc combined with her incredible experience in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding private and public grant-making partners makes her the perfect candidate for this newly created role.”

“I could not be more excited to be back at Northeast Arc,” said Susan Ring Brown.  “It always has and always will hold a special place in my heart for the amazing work it does to help people with disabilities live fulfilling lives. “This is the fourth time I’ve had the pleasure of working with Northeast Arc president and CEO, Jo Ann Simons, and I look forward to working with her, Craig, and the entire team again to raise awareness and funding for the organization to fulfill its mission.”

Ring Brown’s professional experience also includes leadership roles at The Baker Center for Children & Families (Judge Baker Children’s Center), Communitas (aka EMARC), and Triangle, Inc.

Ring Brown, who lives in Beverly, earned a Master of Science in Public Affairs from the McCormack Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


About The Northeast Arc

Northeast Arc (NeArc) changes lives for people with disabilities — and children at risk of developing them — and their families. The agency, which opened the Center for Linking Lives at Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers in 2020, serves more than 15,000 people in 190 Massachusetts cities and towns each year. NeArc is the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and the 2nd largest (of 700) in the country. Services include: Adult Family Care, the ArcWorks Community Art Center, Autism Services, Black Box Theater, Breaking Grounds Café, Continuous Care Nursing Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, First Steps Childcare & Preschool, Fiscal Intermediary, parcels retail store, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential, Shared Living and Transition, and Skilled Intermittent Home Health Care. Learn more at

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