Susan Lonergan

Susan Lon­er­gan co-found­ed Lon­er­gan Part­ners in 2001, along with her hus­band and part­ner, Mark Lon­er­gan. Susan has pri­ma­ry finan­cial and admin­is­tra­tive respon­si­bil­i­ty for the firm and has been CFO and a mem­ber of the Board of Direc­tors since the firm’s incep­tion. Today Susan’s respon­si­bil­i­ties have expand­ed to include the firm’s thought lead­er­ship ini­tia­tives and many aspects of its strate­gic mar­ket­ing. Susan edits and pro­vides the quan­ti­ta­tive analy­sis behind the series Who Runs Sil­i­con Valley.”

"Recruitment, especially at the highest level, is the most strategic activity in which a company can engage."

Susan’s respon­si­bil­i­ties include the firm’s thought lead­er­ship ini­tia­tives and many aspects of its strate­gic mar­ket­ing. She is the Edi­tor and chief ana­lyst respon­si­ble for the series Who Runs Sil­i­con Val­ley,” a series of reports on lead­er­ship in tech­nol­o­gy authored by Mark Lonergan. 

Background & Education

Pri­or to Lon­er­gan Part­ners, Susan was a Man­ag­er at the con­sult­ing firm Bain & Co. in the San Fran­cis­co office. Her exper­tise was in work­ing with ser­vice busi­ness­es and includ­ed clients in trans­porta­tion, dis­tri­b­u­tion, health­care, and finan­cial ser­vices. Her ana­lyt­i­cal exper­tise includ­ed strat­e­gy for­mu­la­tion, mar­ket and finan­cial analy­sis, cus­tomer research, and process improve­ment. In addi­tion to her client work, Susan was in charge of the West Coast Asso­ciate Con­sul­tant pro­gram which includ­ed respon­si­bil­i­ty for all train­ing, staffing, and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment. She was also West Coast Coor­di­na­tor for Train­ing, over­see­ing a pro­gram of for­mal and infor­mal train­ing year-round, as well as the West Coast Ethics Coor­di­na­tor, design­ing and imple­ment­ing ethics train­ing for all employees. 

Susan has a Mas­ters Degree in Busi­ness from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty and AB in Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture from Har­vard Col­lege, where she was a con­tribut­ing staff writer on The Rad­cliffe Quar­ter­ly and an edi­tor of the Har­vard Crim­son. She lives in Wood­side, Cal­i­for­nia with her hus­band and two children.

Favorite Quotes

Nev­er allow a per­son to tell you no who doesn’t have the pow­er to say yes.

Eleanor Roo­sevelt