Our Focus is Your Success

The power of our service is results. In an increasingly competitive and highly challenging environment for education, we are committed to helping you design and adapt programs built upon a foundation of clear communications and knowledgeable data analysis. We employ critical thinking, planning and collaboration as the basis for the strategies we help you develop. We bring our knowledge and practical experience as leaders, managers and teachers to help you in strategic planning, development, alumni and donor relations, marketing, and board, staff and volunteer development.

In partnership with you, we define problems and opportunities, develop written plans and critical paths, determine metrics and milestones, and focus on bottom line results. We offer specific analytical thinking and imaginative, non-mechanical response to each assignment. We work collaboratively with you and your colleagues to determine the best plan for your institution and then work with you to implement that plan. We help you make mid-course corrections and to deal with leadership transitions and unexpected circumstances.

We have contributed to the success of more than 230 educational clients around the world. We invite you to speak with any of our current or former clients about our work.

25 Years of Success

Washburn & McGoldrick helps colleges, universities and independent schools successfully seek philanthropic support and create lasting relationships. Founded twenty-five years ago by Sue Washburn and Bill McGoldrick, our consultants are leaders in education, focusing on strategic planning, philanthropic relationships, campaign planning and execution, marketing and external relations, and issues of institutional leadership, trusteeship and governance.

Our Team

Managing Principal
Bonnie joined the firm in 2008, after 28 years experience of advancement leadership in higher education.
Managing Principal
Karin joined the firm in 2005, following ten years as vice presidents at two prominent liberal arts colleges.
Founding Principal
Since 1971, Bill has built a reputation as a successful professional and an outstanding teacher, speaker...
Founding Principal
For more than 40 years, Sue has been a leader in educational advancement with a reputation as a strategic thinker.
Principal
A member of the firm since 2012, Anne has been a leader in higher education advancement for more than 30 years.
Senior Consultant
Mike’s varied and successful 40-year career in higher and secondary education offers great value in helping...
Senior Consultant
Tim joins Washburn & McGoldrick after 32 years of advancement work in higher education and independent schools.
Senior Consultant
Susan Pettyjohn joins Washburn & McGoldrick after 26 years in higher education advancement work...
Senior Consultant
Chris has over 32 years of experience as a leader in higher and secondary education.
Senior Consultant
Eileen joined Washburn & McGoldrick after a successful career as an attorney, probate judge, and most recently...
Senior Consultant
Carla Willis joins Washburn & McGoldrick, bringing 25 years of higher education advancement, thought leadership...
Consulting Partner
Chris Marshall is a senior higher education advancement professional with 18 years of alumni relations and...
Executive Administrator

We’re direct, sensible, and accessible. And, we’re fun to work with!