Director of Philanthropic Partnerships
Robin Sukhadia brings over 20 years of international community organizing, technology leadership, project management, music performance, and teaching experience to his arts education and fundraising areas of expertise. He is an active speaker, teacher, and artist focused on philanthropy, the arts, and social justice. Prior to joining WEA, he served as the Major Gifts Officer at the Colburn School in Los Angeles for 4 years, where he oversaw a successful $10 million endowment fundraising campaign to double scholarships for the school's neediest students.
He currently teaches graduate level courses on fundraising and philanthropy at Claremont Graduate University in the Arts Management Program as an Associate Professor.
Prior to his work at the Colburn School, Robin served as the Director of Development and Communications for artworxLA, a 25 year old arts education non-profit serving continuation high school youth. During his tenure, he implemented a fundraising strategy that helped raise over $3 million through foundations, corporations, individuals, and government agencies.
For over 10 years, Robin traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa, an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He served as the organization's International Grants Program Director, working closely with NGOs worldwide to develop and sustain music education programs for the underserved.
His work with Project Ahimsa earned him a Fulbright Senior Research Award in 2010 to expand his work with music education for underserved communities in India. His research in India was focused on bolstering 6 music education programs across India and Nepal, each serving children in some of the poorest regions and communities of south Asia.
Robin holds an MFA in World Music from the California Institute of the Arts (2007), a BS in Biochemistry and BA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997).