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HandsOn Jacksonville Announces New Strategic Advocacy and Advancement Director

HandsOn Jacksonville, formerly Volunteer Jacksonville, announced that Suzanne Teate, Ph.D. will serve as Director of Strategic Advocacy and Advancement.

“In the non-profit sector, we know only too well that volunteers are the backbone of most agencies and organizations, but that partnerships with both the corporate and private realms, along with staff,  are paramount, especially now, “ said Dr. Judith A. M. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of HandsOn Jacksonville.  “We are extremely pleased that Dr. Suzanne Teate was available to serve as an advocate for our projects and clients in this timely role to optimize both financial and human resources in the community.”

Dr. Teate has an extensive background with local, state and federal operations, including past positions such as Director of Cultural Affairs for the Florida Department of State, Statewide Coordinator of Museum Services for the National Endowment of the Arts and Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Special Performing Arts Project, and Interim Director of both the Pensacola and Jacksonville Museum of Art.  She was appointed by former Mayor Jake Godbold as the City’s liaison with Jacksonville’s 501 C-3 agencies, before serving as Vice President of Advancement at Edward Waters College and interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement at The University of North Florida, during which time she was selected by the White House Committee on Business and Education Partnerships as coordinator for the group’s first national conference on private sector initiatives.

“I am proud to join HandsOn Jacksonville, the region’s stellar volunteer service agency,” said Suzanne Teate.  “In these challenging times of economic cut-backs and unemployment, volunteer, corporate and foundation sources of support are vital, and I look forward to assisting in as many ways as I possibly can.”

About HandsOn Jacksonville

HandsOn Jacksonville-the First Coast’s ON-RAMP to Volunteering -inspires, equips, and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world.  We deliver quality volunteer experiences and develop volunteer leaders.  HandsOn Jacksonville focuses on four impact areas: Restoring Schools as the Center of Communities, Preserving the Earth, Alleviating Poverty and Preparing for Disasters. For more information visit

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