Susan Israel, AIA 

Susan Israel  has deep expertise in architecture, strategic planning, sustainability, leadership training, and organizational change. Before joining PSMJ, she founded and led two architecture practices for over 20 years that focused on delivering high end design and architectural services. Susan began her architecture career working for Moshe Safdie, Graham Gund, Finegold Alexander, among other architecture firms.

Subsequent to her architecture practice, Susan founded Climate Creatives to help businesses make organizational change for climate adaptation, including sustainability and resiliency planning, and is certified as a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Provider in Massachusetts.

Susan has developed leadership, innovation, and cross-disciplinary collaboration programs and is a certified leadership trainer with Connective Leadership Institute. Susan also consults on internal team engagement, diversity, and inclusion. Past clients have included Harvard Business School, Fidelity Investments, Consensus Building Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield, non-profits, and other organizations.


 David Burstein, P.E.

Dave Burstein is a Director and Senior Consultant with PSMJ Resources. He provides consulting and training on a wide range of management and leadership topics. Prior to joining PSMJ, Dave worked for 26 years at Parsons Corporation, one of the world’s largest and most respected engineering-construction firms. During his tenure at Parsons, Dave held a variety of positions including President of Parsons’ 1,600-person, environmental subsidiary and President of Parsons’ 120-person, planning subsidiary.

While serving as President of two subsidiaries of Parsons Corporation, Dave participated in several major strategic planning efforts. Since joining PSMJ, he has facilitated strategic planning retreats for over 100 A/E/C firms ranging in size from fewer than 10 employees to more than 1,000 employees. Reflecting on this experience, he co-authored Strategic Planning: Preparing Your Firm for Success in the Future, first published in 2004 with a second edition published in 2009.

Dave is also one of the nation’s leading authorities on project management for the A/E/C industry. He developed and published a system for controlling budgets and schedules that is now known as Earned Value Management.