Suzanne Donaldson, owner of Donaldson Enterprises, has over 12 years of experience in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industry as a Diversity Consultant Practitioner working with large general contracting and engineering firms, small minority owned firms and government agencies. She has consulted on projects worth over 1 Billion Dollars. Her services include outreach, program development, workshops, training, facilitation, mentoring, interview preparation, conflict resolution, focus groups, disparity studies, compliance, workforce development, event planning and networking coordination to DMWESB firms, Section 3 businesses, monitoring apprenticeship utilization, and assisting with Community Participation Plans on Public and Private Projects where the owner sees the value of inclusivity and diversity. Ms. Donaldson 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.
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. As a proud member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, where she served a term on Tribal Council. Ms. Donaldson is a member of the Kinswa Family (Ike Kinswa State Park is named after her great grandfather). Currently she serves as Chair of The Cowlitz Indian Tribe Pow Wow Committee, The Cowlitz Indian Tribe Education Committee, The Cowlitz Drum Group, Elders Program Volunteer, Pathways to Healing Volunteer, and serves as Event Planner for tribal Celebrations. 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 3 adult children and 6 grandsons (so far).