Suzanna Kelley, MBA, FAIA

Vice President, Consulting 202.856.7875

Suzanna Kelley, MBA, FAIA

As Vice President of McKinley’s consulting team, Suzanna Kelley leads projects focused on organizational effectiveness, product development and management, marketing, membership, pricing, global growth, component relations and several others. Suzanna combines design thinking with business acumen to help her clients solve problems in new and innovative ways. Suzanna also brings 14 years of association management experience to each client, which includes a deep understanding of how to develop effective strategic plans and implement change management efforts. Suzanna has been consistently successful in helping mission-driven organizations rise to the next level through research-driven decision making, visionary goal setting and practical implementation planning throughout her career.

Suzanna is an architect who was bit by the volunteering bug early on when she became a student leader. She left traditional practice to work full-time for the American Institute of Architects, most recently as the Managing Director for Strategic Alliances & Initiatives. In this role, she was responsible for the direction and oversight of strategic alliances with allied and non-profit organizations. She also managed key Institute initiatives related to industry and practice while actively advising the AIA’s EVP/Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Staff and senior AIA leadership. Suzanna earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon and her Masters of Business Administration from The George Washington University. Suzanna is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the USAE and Association Forum’s inaugural 40 under 40 class.

A native New Orleanian, Suzanna loves to cook and enjoy a great meal. When she’s not at work, she can be found playing Legos with her son, searching for a great used book sale or planning their next trip to visit friends and family.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling