Susan Meier, Principal at Susan Meier and Associates, brings over 30 years of governance and nonprofit experience to her work. From 2004 to 2011, Susan served as the vice president of consulting and training for BoardSource, the nation's premier governance resource for nonprofit organizations. She works collaboratively with nonprofit executives and board leadership to identify governance challenges and opportunities and to implement proven strategies to address a broad array of governance issues and needs and the work of high performing boards.
Much of Susan’s work has focused on increasing board engagement, enhancing the strategic work of the board, board/staff relations, and leadership transitions. Specifically, she engages boards in a deeper understanding of roles and responsibilities, strategic and generative thinking, concrete ways to maximize board meetings, and addressing culture and dynamics in the boardroom. Her tenure at BoardSource and her 13 years as a senior executive at Prevent Child Abuse America have given her concrete experience in understanding the complex and unique challenges of foundations, associations, and federated organizations and structures. Susan also has extensive experience in facilitating sensitive and important conversations and in helping boards build on their strengths to become higher performing boards.
Susan works with all types of nonprofit organizations. Some current and past clients include Annenberg Foundation, ALS, ASME, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Charter Board Partners, Community Foundation of Lorain County, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Council on Foundations, Feeding America, Greensboro Nonprofit Consortium, NeighborWorks America, Ronald McDonald House Charities, San Antonio Community Foundation, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Volunteers of America, and Wege Foundation, among others. Susan has also served as guest faculty for the Kellogg School of Management Nonprofit Executive Education program, American University, George Washington University, and the Issues in Nonprofit Governance Conference hosted by Georgetown Law, the IRS and Independent Sector.