We work alongside you to develop powerful strategies that deliver sustainable results. Our consulting collective stands by the values of excellence, good honest work, and dedicated partnership with our clients.

We believe in life-long learning.
We are innovation brokers.
We are strategists and doers.


Companies that believe in profit and purpose, non-profits and foundations with transformative missions, are invaluable to making our collective world brighter and bolder.

Working alongside you, we develop powerful strategies that deliver sustainable results. Our consulting collective stands by the values of excellence, good honest work, and dedicated partnership with our clients.

PhilanthroSynthesisTM is our unique process of enabling an organization’s existing assets, energized by its mission and vision, to establish a new level of sustainability and success.

Our Approach


We are motivated by the belief that good can always be greater. With our varied expertise and love of continuous improvement, we become your partner in tailoring solutions to the world of your social enterprise.


We think and do, developing solutions and strategies from an understanding of what you are able to implement. Our hands-on experience and collaboration with you lead to achievable outcomes.


We honor diversity – of thought, disciplines, sectors, and lived experiences. Our work adds to our diversity and with it, we bring you the variety of talent, skill and expertise that works best for you. We call this philanthrosynthesisTM. This is our differentiator – synthesizing your goodness and ours to make good greater, together.


Experienced. Professional. Nimble.

VEGA Partners bring highly capable and sought-after consultants to our clients. We curate project teams to align with our client’s priorities, culture and leadership, giving a unique advantage for innovation and impact.

Our team is led by this collective of experienced, nimble and dedicated professionals from various disciplines. We are subject matter experts who draw on diverse social and business disciplines and to deliver excellence.

Suzanne Griffith

Founder and Managing Director

Known for her infectious and nerdy energy, Suzanne leads all aspects of the firm and brings a strategic eye to each client engagement. Believing that good can always be better and that brilliance is found at the intersections, the firm synthesizes the practices of social responsibility, strategy, and organizational development with an equity lens at its center.She finds inspiration from creative writing when not tipping out of yoga poses.

Terri Johnson

Practice Lead, Nonprofit Equity Consulting

Terri began the work of unpacking and defining the equity, inclusion and diversity at the beginning of the movement. She is committed to building a world free of racism and helping organizations find the pathway to inclusion in consulting on equity frameworks, strategy, and leadership. She dances with a professional company when not reading magical realism.

Braden Cleary

Client + Consultant Support Lead

Braden provides tools and resources to create efficiencies for VEGA Partners’ clients and collective of consultants. His interests and experience in nonprofit arts and cultural management include planning, budgeting, communications, strategy, evaluation, and more. Braden has served on the Excellent Emerging Organizations Committee at North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management and the Philanthropic Advisory Group at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Julie Stogsdill - Consultant - Vega Partners

Julie Stogsdill


Julie honed her fundraising expertise in the Chicago and Indiana areas over 30 years. She guides organizations through strategic fundraising development helping to develop institutional capacity for future success. In between friendly coaching calls with nonprofit founders, Julie is enjoying the natural beauty of the American southwest.

Christina Tarrant Dantzler


Christina matches her innate design talent with empathy and great listening skills. Her understanding of the digital space and creativity optimizes organizational strategies in today’s marketing landscape.

Talla Mountjoy


Talla, MBA, grew up in a household invigorated by American opportunity and steeped in the rich traditions of Iran. The contrasting experiences between her family in the US and in Iran shaped her worldview and fuel her commitment to break down barriers and enable opportunities. As a consultant, she brings 10+ years of experience in strategy and marketing, tackling big and bold questions. When not in a meeting you can find her building epically long train tracks with her kids. The twisty-turny kind.

Kimberly Casey


Kim is a program and people management specialist with extensive experience in civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, thought leadership, training and curriculum development. Seasoned with implementation of action plans around industry social issues.