Brighter Strategies helps mission-focused organizations improve operations to better meet their goals.

Our Approach


Who We Serve

Who We Serve

Our passion is building strong organizations. We provide thought leadership and high value organizational development consulting services in support of nonprofits, associations and mission-driven companies. Our team is comprised of like-minded professionals interested in organizational development and effectiveness, performance management, process improvement, human resources and leadership development, program evaluation, and systems thinking. We have come together with a unified purpose to serve missions that matter. Whether working with locally-based or international organizations we pride ourselves on delivering consistently outstanding service, and our high number of referrals shows it.

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Local Clients: 30%
Regional Clients: 24%
National Clients: 28%
International Clients: 18%
Referral Based Clients: 72%

Our Team

Elizabeth Scott, PhD


Elizabeth Scott, PhD, founder of Brighter Strategies, provides thought leadership and high value organizational development consulting in support of a stronger social sector.

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Payal Martin, MPH

Managing Director, Evaluation & Strategy

Payal Martin, MPH provides strategic planning, evaluation, and communications services to organizations who share her passion for advancing social change.

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Swafia Ames

Managing Director, People Strategy & Inclusion

Swafia Ames, a Senior Consultant with Brighter Strategies, is an expert at designing and implementing organizational development and human capital management programs with over 18 years of experience.

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Barbra Kavanaugh

Senior Consultant

Barbra Kavanaugh, a Senior Consultant with Brighter Strategies, has deep expertise in managing and leading organizations going through change.

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Jennifer Till

Senior Consultant & Executive Coach

Jennifer Till has delivered proven results in leadership development, coaching, and facilitation for the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

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Mary Walter Arthur


Mary Walter Arthur has been providing human resources consulting services to business for over 30 years. She has experience in global human resources operations and more.

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Alexandra Suchman


Alex helps small, mission-driven organizations overcome the struggles, clutter, and tediousness of day-to-day operations.

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Randall Thacker

Consultant & Executive Coach

Randall Thacker is an experienced leadership and team coach. He has worked with hundreds of leaders of businesses, government, and non-profit organizations throughout the world.

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Liyo Yu

Senior Associate

Liyo Yu believes that the solution to any problem lies in understanding the underlying cause of the problem. Liyo’s international experience provides her with a culturally diverse perspective.

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Marta Segal Block

Director of Marketing & Communications

Marta Segal Block has always loved words and writing. She was thrilled to discover that her love of writing could help nonprofit organizations.

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Paula Boyland

Operations Manager

Paula Boyland is adept at managing teams (virtually and in person), building strong internal partnerships, and fostering open communication between team members and clients.

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Recent Posts

Building and Maintaining Your Culture

July 9th, 2020|

We know  that approximately 70 percent of change efforts fail, in part because organizational culture isn’t considered. Culture—the shared values, beliefs, and norms that guide an organization—is different in every context; however, there are some [...]

The Importance of a Flexible Culture

June 29th, 2020|

While having a flexible culture is something many organizations have talked about over the years, Covid-19 made it clear that flexibility is a key ingredient to organizational success.  Over the past several weeks we’ve looked [...]

Flexible Leadership

June 15th, 2020|

Flexible leadership has become a key component for a successful organization. Clearly, the global pandemic of 2020 requires a flexible approach to managing the challenges facing your organization and workforce. A flexible approach ensures employee [...]