Susan Meier

Nonprofit Board Governance Consultants

Affiliated with Boardsource since 2007

About Susan

Susan Meier, Principal at Susan Meier and Associates, LLC and former Vice President of Consulting and Training for BoardSource (2004-2011), brings over 30 years of nonprofit experience to her work. Susan’s work focuses on:

  • increasing board engagement
  • strengthening the board/staff partnership
  • addressing boardroom culture and dynamics 
  • understanding board roles and responsibilities, including fundraising, strategic board recruitment, and governance structures
  • engaging in strategic and generative thinking
  • maximizing board meetings
  • proactively planning for leadership transitions

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 and sizes of nonprofit organizations. Clients include ALS, American Lung Association, ASME, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Feeding America (and select food banks), JCC Association, National Domestic Violence Hotline, NH Center for Nonprofits, Ronald McDonald House Charities (and select chapters), Rotary International, and the Shedd Aquarium, among others.

Susan currently serves as Vice Chair of the Ripon College Board of Trustees. She graduated from Ripon College. She is the author of the BoardSource publication The Board-Building Cycle: Finding, Engaging, and Strengthening Nonprofit Board Members, Third Edition.

Consultant Information

Email: [email protected]


Location: Chicago, Illinois

Areas of Expertise: Board culture and dynamics, Board ethics, Board roles and responsibilities, CEO/Board chair coaching, CEO-Board partnership, Executive transition, Executive assessment and oversight, Fundraising, Founder transitions, Governance structures, Strategic board composition, Strategic planning and visioning, Succession planning

Areas of Engagement: Board self-assessment review and action planning, Board education retreat or seminar, Ongoing governance coaching and advising, Governance structure and design, Large-group training or conference session, Facilitation of important board conversations

Mission Areas: Advocacy organizations, Associations, Community foundations, Corporate volunteerism programs, Family foundations, Federated organizations, Founder-led organizations , International/Multi-National NGOs, Private foundations, Religiously-affiliated organizations, Small-budget organizations, Social justice organizations

Virtual Work Availability: Flexible, based on needs