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Strategic Finance Advisory, LLC was founded in 2019 By Susan Wayland.  With more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of industries, Susan has a depth of knowledge in accounting, finance, HR, systems and organizational development.  

With a passion for the missions of independent schools and non profits, Strategic Finance Advisory is here to help your organization thrive and be sustainable in an ever changing landscape.

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Susan Wayland is the founder of Strategic Finance Advisory, LLC (“SFA”).   SFA serves independent schools and nonprofits, providing interim CFO/COO services, strategic financial planning, and consulting to schools on best practices for business offices.

Susan has more than 30 years of experience leading the finance function in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.   Most recently,  Susan served as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations for the San Francisco Day School, a K-8 independent school with 400 students.  In her five years at SF Day, Susan led initiatives to professionalize their business office functions, leading to the first clean audit for the school in 10 years for the 2015-2016 school year.   Susan worked closely with the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to develop strategic financial models, providing the board with tools to understand the financial impact of decisions for the future of the school.  This work led SF Day to update their annual budgeting process, resulting in an increase in operating and strategic reserves of more than $5M over 4 years - now allowing the school to sustain itself during challenging economic times.

Susan holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from Golden Gate University where she has also taught undergraduate and graduate level business finance courses.

Board memberships include Blackbaud Software K-12 Division Advisory Board, Independent School Data Exchange (INDEX) and serving as the Board Chair for a nonprofit equine therapy organization, Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

Current clients include Khan Lab School in Mountain View, CA, Bentley School in Oakland, CA and Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles, CA.

Susan is an avid equestrian, riding her horse, Wish Granted, whenever she can.  She lives on the Central Coast of California with her partner, Mark, and their rescue dog, Lucy.

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Since 1979,  Mark has created and managed a number of successful businesses while also serving as a consultant to business owners and ultra high net worth family offices. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, client communications, private equity investing, and marketing.



Lucybear has 3 years experience in snuggling, running with toys and general all around lovability.  She helps Strategic Finance Advisory stay centered and have a sense of humor in all things.


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