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Amy Fisher| VP, Engagement, Marketing and Market Development|| Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society

Solve Your Toughest Challenges

As the leading consulting firm focused exclusively on associations, McKinley offers a range of services that enable our clients to thrive. Our practice is organized around developing and delivering clear, actionable and proven direction that enables associations to maximize member value and their impact on society.

Strategy and Innovation

McKinley’s strategic guidance helps position associations for impact – aligning strategy, operations, strategic and business goals, staff culture, and performance all in support of the pursuit of a preferred future.
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Advisory Services

Organizational Excellence

McKinley’s team brings years of experience and unique expertise in associations to help you achieve organizational excellence initiatives.
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Facilitation


Business Transformation

McKinley’s team of expert advisors supports clients through periods of high-impact change to help organizations address high-stakes change initiatives.
  • Business Models
  • Membership Value and Dues Models

Research and Insights

McKinley’s team of expert researchers and data analysts are the “engine” behind data-driven decisions that are necessary to drive associations forward.
  • Market Research
  • Field and Industry Studies

2024 Association Partner of the Year

McKinley Advisors President and CEO Jay Younger was named the 2024 Association Partner of the Year from Association TRENDS and CEO Update!

McKinley Advisors Team

Your Trusted Association Advisors

McKinley’s team is composed of amazing individuals, each with a rich and diverse background and all sharing our commitment to deliver exceptional client experiences. Our team members excel at helping associations find unique solutions to tough problems, while at the same time setting clear and realistic goals to measure and celebrate progress.

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Serving the World's Leading Mission-Driven Organizations

We are dedicated to accelerating associations’ positive impact on the world. We are also proud to partner with credentialing organizations, nonprofits and related organizations.

McKinley Advisors has been an indispensable partner in two strategic assessments for CHPA. The firm's sole focus on associations distinguishes it from many other consulting firms and its responsive and insightful staff is a tremendous asset. We never hesitate to call on McKinley Advisors when we have a challenge to address.

Scott Melville

President and CEO, Consumer Healthcare Products Association

McKinley has a wide reach across the association market and is very much engaged in content strategy research with other associations. So they bring the expertise and knowledge that is needed to advance content priorities practically.

Alla Orlova

Chief Learning Officer, American Industrial Hygiene Association

With the pace of disruption in business and society, leaders and guiding documents must be flexible and fluid. McKinley and the AIA Strategic Planning Committee did a great job in keeping our strategic plan simple and flexible. This has ensured more aligned and collaborative work, fostered staff and leader engagement, and provided the framework for transformation within the organization, the profession and even society.

Terri Stewart, Hon. AIA, CAE

Senior Vice President, Knowledge & Practice, American Institute of Architects

Next-Level Governance™

In McKinley Advisors’ survey of association executives, we set out to understand the characteristics and behaviors that drive the kind of next-level board performance needed to thrive. Access data-driven insights on what it will take to achieve strategic agility in your governance.


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