What is the Problem You Want to Solve?


For more than 25 years, Suzanne Biemiller has helped nonprofits, foundations and governments create and implement effective solutions that will bring about desired change. Through focused inquiry and creative thinking, Suzanne helps her clients make the best use of their time, people and money. 

Suzanne starts with a simple question: What is the problem you want to solve?

And while that question might sound prosaic, identifying the true nature of a problem can be a complicated exercise.  Get it wrong and you’ll waste time and resources.  Get it right and you will create workable solutions aligned with your mission and designed to build upon your organization's strengths.



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Suzanne Biemiller

For more than two decades, Suzanne Biemiller has devoted her career to creating smart, practical policy solutions to some of the thorniest challenges, particularly those facing American cities.  Working in philanthropic, non-profit and government sectors, she consistently delivers results within complex environments. Suzanne is known for her sound judgment and exceptional communication skills as well as her ability to convene diverse partners and find common ground.  She knows how to ask the right questions, get to the heart of an issue or organizational challenge and develop solutions that lead to change.

Career Highlights:

  • Director of Policy and Planning, interim Chief of Staff and First Deputy Chief of Staff for Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. 
    • Developed and wrote Greenworks Philadelphia, the city's first comprehensive and award-winning sustainability strategy;
    • Led the effort to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works in a proposed $1.5 billion transaction; 
    • Helped overhaul Philadelphia’s $400+ million anti-poverty system (resulting in Shared Prosperity);
    • Designed the strategy for the city-wide 2010 Census campaign;
    • Mayor's Office point person for the City’s performance management system.
  • Senior Program Officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
    • Created the Philadelphia Research Initiative;
    • Implemented a nationally-recognized welfare-to-work transitional jobs program;
    • Researched and reported on challenges and opportunities facing American cities;
    • Managed project to overhaul Philadelphia's Franklin Museum in partnership with the National Park Service.
  • Executive Leader at American Board of Internal Medicine, a $56 million nonprofit organization
    • Led strategic organizational change work designed to better engage customers and break down departmental silos;
    • Implemented new ways in which the organization communicated internally and externally;
    • Changed budget process in order to better reflected program priorities.
  • Chair, Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (Appointed by Governor Tom Wolf)
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Community College of Philadelphia