Susan Arp


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Knoxville, Tennessee


Susan Arp has more than 35 years experience in government and community planning, non-profit management and media relations throughout East Tennessee.

She brings expertise in fund development consultation for non-profit organizations, developing and executing public relations strategies, branding campaigns and events, and coordinating media and community relations for her clients, which include the East Tennessee Historical Society, Pat Summitt Foundation, TK Wheeler Jewelers in Oak Ridge, Tri-Summit Bank in the Tri-Cities and WellKey Health.

arpsummittSusan’s experience with non-profit and quasi-public agencies as a planner, fund development officer and chief executive give her real-world experience and know-how. She has served as an Account Executive with The Ingram Group public affairs firm, Administrative and Development Director of Knoxville Opera, and nine years as Executive Director of United Way of Greater Kingsport. She began her career in Chattanooga in 1971, and worked for 14 years in regional public planning positions in the Chattanooga area.

Susan has developed branding programs for Project GRAD Knoxville, Child & Family Tennessee, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation’s “Revitalizing Neighborhoods” campaign and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. She was the primary project manager responsible for organizing and producing the highly successful 2007 and 2011 East Tennessee Quality Growth Conferences held in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Arps-with-author-Jon-MeachemSusan has lived throughout middle and east Tennessee, attended Middle Tennessee State University and completed a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She is an alumna of Leadership Kingsport, and Leadership Johnson City, is the past Program Chair for the Rotary Club of Knoxville and was a Class of 2011 member of the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Chancellor’s Associates, Susan enjoys traveling to fun places, spoiling her two granddaughters, relaxing with friends and family at their Watts Bar Lake Cabin or exploring the lake on their pontoon boat.