Suzanne Donaldson is founder and CEO of Donaldson Consulting, LLC. Suzanne advises her public and private clients on managing their projects efficiently; implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion; providing business coaching for underutilized firms; and ensuring agency contracting compliance.
She is recognized in the construction and design community for creating a level playing field for underserved communities and businesses and collaborating effectively with multiple stakeholders. She has consulted on public and private development projects with over several billion dollars.
Client Testimonial: Metro
Suzanne has been dedicated in helping Metro increase diversity in contracting. With her outstanding leadership, dedication, and ability to support our goals, we've achieved great success in providing assistance to our clients. I strongly recommend Suzanne for projects that require strong leadership, professionalism, great organizational skills, and a pleasant demeanor.
Suzanne worked on a team to plan a workshop and conduct training on MWESB certification, sustainability in contracting, and successful proposal writing. She distinguished herself from other team members with her excellent leadership skills, outstanding outreach work, and dedication.
Gabriele Schuster Procurement Manager, Metro
Client Testimonial: SafeBuild Alliance
As a member of SafeBuild Alliance, Suzanne Donaldson immediately began demonstrating leadership skills. She joined the SafeBuild Alliance committee charged with developing and implementing a mentorship program focused on improving safety performance for contractors in underutilized and disadvantaged communities. Her commitment to social equity and expertise were quickly evident. She guided the committee as the framework, content, and details of the program were developed.
Karen Blythe Executive Director, SafeBuild Alliance
Client Testimonial: Wenaha Group
Suzanne holds strong ethical values and understands the value of community and diversity. She was a vital part of our team on the TriMet Facilities Group Project Management Services contract. She has been instrumental in helping us achieve DMWESB participation goals on several projects. Her knowledge of construction and community outreach abilities directly contributed to five certified firms submitting proposals on a large TriMet contract, and four were awarded contracts. Her excellent communication and presentation skills have been paramount. Suzanne's expertise, experience, and reputation make her a great addition and asset to any team.
Jim Houchins Senior Manager, Wenaha Group, Inc.
Client Testimonial: MGT of America
MGT of America had the pleasure of working with Suzanne Donaldson of Donaldson Enterprises on a statewide disparity study. I am very pleased with the work Suzanne performed for MGT. Suzanne is eager to learn and is insightful in understanding the end result of her work and how her work intertwined with the overall study. She does not hesitate to ask questions on how to increase her skill set so that she can provide the best outcomes. She is very professional and passionate but courteous, which is a difficult balance to achieve. Suzanne has the knowledge and skills to successfully perform a range of services and I am confident that she will succeed at accomplishing any task put before her.
Vernetta Mitchell Senior Consultant, MGT of America
Client Testimonial: TriMet
Suzanne has been instrumental in providing services to contractors working on TriMet’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project. She is knowledgeable and diligent in her approach to resolve complex issues and a pleasure to work with.
Monika Johnson TriMet Representative, Diversity & Transit Equity
Client Testimonial: Granite Construction
Suzanne has provided knowledgeable and energetic consulting into the Portland-area DBE market by introducing our team to the DBE community through formal outreach meetings and introductions at monthly OAME and NAMCO meetings.
Ron Dukeshier Large Project Manager, Granite Construction
Client Testimonial: CH2M HILL
Suzanne’s innovative approach has included hands-on mentoring for each of our 10 DBEs…Her performance has also received positive attention from TriMet for her collaborative style and drive for constant improvement. Her approach has not only ensured quality delivery by our DBE contractors, but also has grown the capacity of those firms—a key goal of TriMet. I would not hesitate to work with her again on future projects.
John Willis Former CH2M HILLVice President, NW Transportation Manager
Client Testimonial: JE Dunn
Suzanne provided exceptional customer service on the Port of Portland Deicing Treatment Facility project. Her interactions with subcontractors, certified firms, and the owner were well received. With her oversight, focus, and commitment, we beat our participation goal. She has been a pleasure to work with.
Bruce Van Hine Project Manager, JE Dunn
Client Testimonial: TriMet Disadvantaged/Small Business Programs
Suzanne Donaldson is a committed professional, easy to work with, and goes above and beyond to ensure outreach and opportunities for businesses owned by people of color and women. She has been instrumental in assessing project needs and creating a plan to achieve stakeholder goals.
Aidan Gronauer, CCA TriMet Disadvantaged/Small Business and Workforce Equity Programs