SueEllen Kroll joined Barr in 2017 to serve as program officer for Arts & Creativity to support the program’s grantmaking activities and to advance its strategies, focusing on the capacity building and placemaking segments of the portfolio.
Prior to joining Barr, SueEllen was the director of grants & strategic partnerships at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to leading the Council’s grantmaking, she managed a variety of partnership programs including a statewide mobile history app called Rhode Tour, the Expansion Arts program, and Catalyzing Culture—a multi-year initiative to strengthen ties within the cultural sector and between the cultural sector and the larger community.
SueEllen is passionate about the power of arts and culture as essential tools for a lively democracy. They help us share our human stories, build empathy and greater understanding across differences, and creatively inspire citizens to engage in their communities.
SueEllen received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wheaton College. She lives in Providence, where she enjoys the city’s lively cultural scene and historic architecture.