Founded in 1915, CGR has been delivering expert support to the public, nonprofit and private sectors for a century. Originally, we were incorporated as the Rochester (NY) Bureau of Municipal Research, and were established by founder George Eastman with a mandate to “get things done for the community” we call home. Although our passion for delivering promising solutions has never changed, both the geographic area and clients we serve have broadened dramatically. Today we have a national reach and can be found working with a diverse range of agencies, organizations and communities.
In an arena served almost exclusively by for-profit consultancies, CGR stands apart. Since our founding, we have operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a status that insulates us from political bias and holds us accountable to our clients’ true shareholders – the communities they serve – positioning them as more desirable places to live and work.
Just like our clients, we’re in the business of making a difference.
Susan Barnes is responsible for CGR’s key finance and administration activities and is Assistant Treasurer for the Board of Trustees. Her focus is internal measurement and metrics, and her primary duties involve budgeting, risk management, human resources and benefits, and grants and facilities management. She reviews all proposals developed by staff and all proposed contracts with clients.
Ms. Barnes occasionally consults on client projects, usually when questions arise related to benefit analysis, not-for-profit governance, or financial statement preparation and review. In 2013 she was named a finalist for the Financial Executive of the Year, an award presented by the Rochester (NY) Business Journal and the Rochester chapter of Financial Executives International.
Prior to joining CGR in 2004, Ms. Barnes served for four years as Chief Financial Officer of the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, New York, which has assets of more than $15 million. Previously she held increasingly responsible financial management positions in both the public and private sectors with businesses and nonprofit organizations located in Norfolk, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn, Syracuse and Rochester, New York.
Ms. Barnes’ career experience also includes more than 10 years working with numerous New York State government offices and programs, including the Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and Consolidated Fiscal Reporting (CFR). In addition, she has experience budgeting and reporting for foundation grants, including the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. She is a certified diversity trainer.
Ms. Barnes’ volunteer work includes serving as treasurer of the Ad Council of Rochester, where she was the 2010 recipient of its Lantern Award for public service. She is a past treasurer of Mercy Residential Services (Melita House) of Rochester, and served on the board of directors for a career development center. An avid golfer, Ms. Barnes recently served as president of her golf league, and in August 2014 received her golf’s club top sportsmanship award, the Vicki Savard Memorial Award.
She earned her B.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and has completed post-graduate work in finance and accounting at St. Francis and St. John Fisher Colleges. In addition, she earned audit certificates in data processing and risk management from the American Management Association.