About

susanSusan is a consultant, writer and speaker who is passionate about the nonprofit sector. Her practical approach to fundraising and board development has made her a frequent presenter at conferences and in classrooms. She founded Resource Partners LLC in 2001 with a mission to help nonprofits excel. Her work with executives, development staff and boards has empowered dozens of organizations to reach and surpass their financial goals. Susan brings integrity and proven results to all her work, resulting in clients who return to her again and again.

Prior to founding Resource Partners LLC, Susan served as National Director, Foundations at the United Negro College Fund. In that position, she helped lead the design and implementation of the $1 billion Gates Millennium Scholars Program, one of the largest private grants in history.

Susan’s writing has been featured in articles and in books. She co-authored Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS and co-edited The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook: Winning Strategies from 25 Leaders in the Field, published by CharityChannel Press. She was a contributing author for YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs.

Throughout her career, Susan has held seats on nonprofit boards and award panels, regularly holding leadership positions. She teaches fundraising in the museum studies program at Johns Hopkins University. Susan holds a master’s degree in Not-for-Profit Management and a bachelor’s degree in English, both from the University of Maryland.

Susan has conducted presentations, interviews and webinars for many organizations. Among them:

  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Conference
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Day in New York
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Bridge Conference
  • BoardSource
  • Booz Allen Nonprofit Speaker Series
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • DCTV
  • Grants Professionals Association National Conference
  • National Nonprofit Leaders’ Conference
  • The Foundation Center
  • Young Nonprofit Leaders Management Series