Meet Our Team

When you work with the Resource Development Network, you get a team of experienced Grant professionalS 

Susan Caruso-Green
President

Susan Caruso-Green has been active in the fields of corporate philanthropy and non-profit organization management and fund raising for more than 25 years. Ms. Green has focused on increasing resources for social service and education organizations in the New York metropolitan area. The primary focus is on grant proposal writing, and improving the written materials that an organization presents to the public. Often, in an effort to create a winning proposal writing campaign, Ms. Green assists clients with program design, developing outcome measures, diversifying income streams and helping Boards of Directors understand their role in fund raising. Before founding the Resource Development Network, she was the Contributions Coordinator for Citicorp's Consumer Bank worldwide. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Arts and Business Council and the Corporate Advisory Board of the United Way of Tri-State. She is the Co-President of the Cranford Fund For Educational Excellence and a member of the Grant Professionals Association, the Nonprofit Resource Group and Nonprofit Flight Plan. Ms. Green holds an MBA in Marketing from New York University. 

Matt Isaac 
Senior Consultant 

Since 2003, Matt has provided strategic institutional giving services to clients of the Resource Development Network, including the New York Council on Adoptable Children, All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation, Grace Van Vorst Community Service, GlassRoots, Asian American Federation of New York, Filipino American Human Services, ASPIRA of New York, and the Urban Justice Center.

Matt is a former Program Director and Development Officer for non-profit organizations in New York. He founded and was Executive Director of a 501(c)3 cultural organization that presented film festivals, media arts exhibits, and international arts exchanges in collaboration with consulates, arts organizations, and festivals in more than 20 countries. He has an MA in Communications from the New School for Social Research.

As a development and grant-writing consultant, Matt has helped design projects and secure more than $15 million in foundation, corporate, and government funding for human and social services organizations, youth services projects, and arts organizations. His grants experience includes national and New York / New Jersey metropolitan-area foundation and corporate grant-makers and federal, state, and municipal funding agencies.

Matt also helps organizations and projects with publicity and promotion, and has participated in the production of and funding for several film and television productions, including documentaries broadcast nationally on PBS. He has served as a grants review panelist for public funding agencies, a juror for film and media arts festivals, and as a presenter and moderator for public panels and discussions.

Lisa Michener
Senior Consultant

Lisa Marie Michener has worked in the development, program and communications arenas for over 20 years. Her expertise includes nonprofit planning and management, proposal writing, policy research, facilitating agency accreditation efforts, and developing and implementing public awareness campaigns.

She has raised major foundation and government support for large, established agencies as well as small, emerging non-profit organizations in youth development, the arts, social services and international issues. In previous positions, Lisa has been responsible for grants management and administration, budgeting and reporting, developing and executing fundraising strategies, proposal writing, and program development. Additionally, Lisa has facilitated grantwriting workshops, and developed and produced case statements, newsletters and other communications pieces.

She has extensive experience writing and managing the proposal process for applications to local, state and federal agencies, as well as working with program and financial staff to administer the grant funds to ensure compliance with contract terms. Most recently, Lisa has raised nearly $2 million for child abuse prevention efforts, and facilitated a national accreditation process across a multi-site, multi-county child welfare agency. At SCO Family of Services, she served as a key member and manager of the senior leadership team that garnered nearly $250 million from the New York City Administration for Children’s Services for preventive, foster care and residential programs. At Americans for the Arts, Lisa coordinated the team that developed and implemented the work plan, timeline and budget for a $1 million+ multimedia public awareness campaign promoting the value of the arts for children.

Lisa received an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association.

Associates: Jeffrey Lischin, Karma Crawford, Jill Levey, Luz Rodriguez and Dianna Pell.

NY / NJ Consultants Directory. The Resource Development Network is the creator of the NY / NJ Consultants Directory. In 2013, we donated the directory website to the Center for Nonprofits as a community service, so that the leaders of nonprofits could continue to find qualified consultants with references.