Helping Organizations Is Our Passion

You want to change the world, and we want to help you do it. Whether you’re an NGO working within rural villages on the other side of the world, a small charity that wants to make a big impact in your local community, or a for-profit business with a mission, Brighter Strategies was founded specifically to help you.

We are committed to:

  • Providing a high return on investment and delivering the outcome we’ve promised.
  • Building client self-sufficiency, not consultant dependence.
  • Addressing your needs in the most cost-effective way possible.
  • Being flexible, responsive, organized, approachable, proactive and positive.

Benefits of working with Brighter Strategies

  • Collaborative brainstorming and strategizing
  • Quick action – so you can enjoy results sooner
  • A more efficient and streamlined organization
  • A simple, easy experience
  • A budget-conscious approach
  • Guidance and recommendations on moving forward
  • Real, meaningful change

Our Team

Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott PhD, CEO/President

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

Payal Martin

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.

Swafia Ames

Swafia Ames Managing Director, People Strategy & Inclusion

Swafia Ames is an expert at designing and implementing organizational development and human capital management programs with over 18 years of experience.

Barbra Kavanaugh

Barbra Kavanaugh Senior Consultant

Barbra Kavanaugh, has deep expertise in managing and leading organizations going through change.

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Jennifer Till

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 Consultant

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

Alexandra Suchman Consultant

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

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Randall Thacker

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

Liyo Yu Senior Associate

Liyo Yu believes that the solution to any problem lies in understanding the underlying cause of the problem.

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Marta Segal Block

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

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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Our Clients

Clients - Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) Logo
Clients - AHEC Logo
Clients - ALS Association Logo
Clients - APTS Logo
Clients - ASCD Logo
Clients - Cultural Development Corporation Logo
Clients - County of Fairfax, Virginia Logo
Clients - Center for Nonprofit Advancement Logo
Clients - The Center for Nonprofit Resources Logo
Clients - Department of the Navy United States Marine Corps Logo
Clients - Fight for Children (FFC) Logo
Clients - Families USA Logo
Clients - The George Washington University (GWU) Logo
Clients - Horton's Kids Logo
Clients - Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Logo
Clients - Innovation Network Logo
Clients - Kaboom Logo
Clients - MVLE Logo
Clients - Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Logo
Clients - District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (PCSB) Logo
Clients - Pathways to Housing DC Logo
Clients - Pro Bono Network Logo
Clients - Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS) Logo
Clients - RCCC Logo
Clients - SCAN Logo
Clients - Serve DC Logo
Clients - Tax Analysts Logo
Clients - Together We Bake Logo
Clients - The Training Source, Inc. Logo
Clients - Urban Bridge Builders (UBB) Logo
Clients - University of Mary Washington (UMW) Logo
Clients - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Logo
Clients - University Aviation Association (UAA) Logo
Clients - Volunteer Hampton Roads Hands on Network (VHRHN) Logo
Clients - Women in Aviation International Logo


Brighter Strategies relies on innovative, motivated, and goal-oriented individuals who are wiling to take risks and challenge current processes with a clear vision towards success.

Our team succeeds because of the caliber of our people. We attract, develop, and reward people who have a passion to make a significant contribution to the continued growth of our business. Our team is our competitive advantage.

Brighter Strategies is a unique place to work. Our core values govern not only our business but also how we treat our employees. We offer a fun, challenging work environment where employees are able to thrive. We encourage our employees to grow within the company and we reward them based on our shared success. Interested in learning more about our team? Please send us a letter of interest and your resume.

Are you a seasoned consultant looking for project based work? Brighter Strategies completes a diverse range of projects varying in magnitude and complexity. We actively seek partners who understand and complement our in-house team, as well as bring new skills and ideas to our potential project. Interested in learning more about our partnering opportunities? Please reach out us via to start the process.


After attending their training workshop, I decided to hire Brighter Strategies to help my agency develop a logic model for a challenging grant application. Thanks to their help we got the grant! The consultant I worked with is experienced, knowledgeable and responsive. I confidently recommend them to anyone in need of nonprofit planning and management consulting.
David NeumeyerExecutive DirectorVirginia Legal Aid