Suzanne Donaldson, owner of Donaldson Enterprises, has over 12 years of experience in the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry as a Diversity Consultant Practitioner. She works with large general contracting and engineering firms, small minority-owned firms and government agencies, and has consulted on projects worth over 2 billion dollars.
She is recognized in the construction and design community for her efforts in creating a level playing field for underserved businesses and for her ability to collaborate effectively with multiple stakeholders.
- Program Development
- Interview Preparation
- Conflict Resolution
- Focus Groups
- Disparity Studies
- Community Engagement
- Document Control
- Workforce Development
- Event Planning
- Networking coordination to DMWESB firms
- Section 3 Businesses
- Monitoring apprenticeship utilization
- Assisting with community participation plans on public and private projects where the owner sees the value of inclusivity and diversity.
Ms. Donaldson is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Native American Chamber. Her volunteer activities in the community include the Providence Cancer Foundation Steering Committee, The City of Portland’s Minority Evaluator Program, and SafeBuild Alliance. She is a proud member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and has served on the Tribal Council. She is a member of the Kinswa Family (Ike Kinswa State Park is named after her great grandfather).
Currently, she serves on the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Education Committee, is a member of the Cowlitz Drum Group, Elders Program Volunteer, Pathways to Healing Volunteer, and serves as Event Planner for tribal celebrations. She previously served as Chair of The Cowlitz Indian Tribe Pow Wow Committee. In addition to designing and making regalia, she is a Native dancer, singer, drummer, and artist.
She credits her mother, Patty Kinswa-Gaiser for instilling culture in her life which provides the balance that helps her navigate the business world. Ms. Donaldson and her husband, Curt Stephens, make their home in Clark County, Washington. They have three adult children and six grandsons (so far).
Associations and Memberships
- OAME — Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
- HMCC — Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
- ONACC — Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce, former board member
- SafeBuild Alliance – Member