Recruiting exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations.




Public purpose organizations sustain a vital democracy. We have made their success our business.

As one of the country's premier executive search firms, we have more than 38 years of experience in recruiting senior leaders for some of the top visual and performing arts and cultural organizations, academic medical centers, healthcare institutions, foundations, preK-12 education and education improvement organizations, colleges and universities, social justice advocacy groups, conservation and environment organizations, human services providers, and other mission-driven organizations that make a difference in people's lives. Our advancement practice supporting these fields is one of the largest in the country.

Our belief in the power of exceptional leadership and an unwavering commitment to service excellence, integrity, and impact animate our firm. We enjoy a nearly 80 percent returning-client rate; identify and recruit exceptional candidates from a broad range of backgrounds across nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors; and contribute to increasingly diverse leadership in our client organizations with over 58 percent of our placements being women and/or people of color.

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Searchcast Episode 2 Available for Streaming: Out of Disruption Comes Innovation | An IM Conversation with Dawn Rhodes 


The second installment of our podcast “Searchcast” has arrived! Tune in to hear IM colleagues Daniel Rodas, Partner and leader of our finance and administration practice, and Liz Vago, Managing Associate, chat with Dawn Rhodes, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Business Officer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) about her pathway to becoming a university business officer, the evolution of the role, and how COVID-19 is affecting major research institutions such as UMB.

Listen to the full episode: Out of Disruption Comes Innovation | An IM Conversation with Dawn Rhodes now on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Preview the podcast here: 






Isaacson, Miller Adds to Growing Law School Practice


Washington, D.C. Boston, Massachusetts: Isaacson, Miller (IM) announced today that Oren Griffin has joined the firm as a senior advisor on university general counsel and law school dean searches. In this new role, he will offer substantive insights on executive leadership in professional schools grounded in his own experience and scholarship.

“Griffin’s expert knowledge of employment law, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, and education law, coupled with his private practice experience representing educational institutions and non-profit organizations, will provide immense value to our clients and to the firm,” said Tim McFeeley, Social Justice and Advocacy practice area leader of Isaacson, Miller. “Partnering with IM, Griffin will tremendously bolster our ability to serve clients across the higher education sector. He is a tremendous addition to our team, and we look forward to working with him.”

Griffin currently serves as Associate Dean and is a member of the faculty at the Mercer University School of Law. He has served as an advisor for several colleges and universities. Griffin is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences for organizations such as the National Association of Student Personnel Adminstrators, Stetson University College of Law National Conference on Law and Higher Education, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Officers. In 2018, he authored the book Investigating College Student Misconduct that is published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Griffin earned his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, as well as a M.A.E. from the University of Northern Iowa and B.S. degree from Southern University at New Orleans. He is a member of several distinguished associations including the National Association for College and University Attorneys and the American Association of Law Schools.

Oren Griffin can be reached at ogriffin@imsearch.com and 202-682-1504.



Isaacson, Miller Welcomes Association Leader

Washington, D.C.: Isaacson, Miller (IM) announced today that Christine “Chris” McEntee has joined the firm as a senior advisor for the firm’s growing Associations practice in the Washington, D.C. office.

“Chris’ proven track record of innovation, growth, and improved operational effectiveness, combined with a focus on healthcare, scientific research and policy, higher education, and conservation, environment and natural resources, will enable us to better serve our clients across a number of industry sectors” said Philip Jaeger, co-leader of the Healthcare and Academic Medicine practice area. “Following the growth in the number of association searches, we are thrilled to further bolster the practice with Chris and we are pleased to welcome her to IM.”

With over 25 years of experience, McEntee focuses on growing large organizations through reinventions in governance, membership, programs, public policy and outreach. Most recently, she served as CEO of the American Geophysical Union, a leading professional global scientific society that annually serves 100,000 scientists. McEntee has received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership, including the CEO Update Professional CEO of the Year, Crain’s Chicago Business Under 40 Movers and Shakers, and ASAE’s Women Who Advance America award. McEntee earned a M.H.A from George Washington University and a B.S.N degree from Georgetown University. She has served on numerous boards, including the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Medstar Research Institute. McEntee is an ASAE fellow and is repeatedly a spokesperson to the media and professional audiences.

Chris McEntee can be reached at cmcentee@imsearch.com or (202) 682-1504.


Public purpose organizations sustain a vital democracy.
We have made their success our business.

Public purpose organizations sustain a vital democracy.
We have made their success our business.



Isaacson, Miller recruits outstanding leaders who strengthen organizations that advance the public good.

As one of the country's premier executive search firms, we have more than 38 years of experience in recruiting senior leaders for some of the top visual and performing arts and cultural organizations, academic medical centers, healthcare institutions, foundations, preK-12 education and education improvement organizations, colleges and universities, social justice advocacy groups, conservation and environment organizations, human services providers, and other mission-driven organizations that make a difference in people's lives. Our advancement practice supporting these fields is one of the largest in the country.

Our belief in the power of exceptional leadership and an unwavering commitment to service excellence, integrity, and impact animate our firm. We enjoy a nearly 80 percent returning-client rate; identify and recruit exceptional candidates from a broad range of backgrounds across nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors; and contribute to increasingly diverse leadership in our client organizations with over 58 percent of our placements being women and/or people of color.


News + Notes



Searchcast Episode 2 Available for Streaming: Out of Disruption Comes Innovation | An IM Conversation with Dawn Rhodes 


The second installment of our podcast “Searchcast” has arrived! Tune in to hear IM colleagues Daniel Rodas, Partner and leader of our finance and administration practice, and Liz Vago, Managing Associate, chat with Dawn Rhodes, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Business Officer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) about her pathway to becoming a university business officer, the evolution of the role, and how COVID-19 is affecting major research institutions such as UMB.

Listen to the full episode: Out of Disruption Comes Innovation | An IM Conversation with Dawn Rhodes now on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Preview the podcast here: 






Isaacson, Miller Adds to Growing Law School Practice


Washington, D.C. Boston, Massachusetts: Isaacson, Miller (IM) announced today that Oren Griffin has joined the firm as a senior advisor on university general counsel and law school dean searches. In this new role, he will offer substantive insights on executive leadership in professional schools grounded in his own experience and scholarship.

“Griffin’s expert knowledge of employment law, civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, and education law, coupled with his private practice experience representing educational institutions and non-profit organizations, will provide immense value to our clients and to the firm,” said Tim McFeeley, Social Justice and Advocacy practice area leader of Isaacson, Miller. “Partnering with IM, Griffin will tremendously bolster our ability to serve clients across the higher education sector. He is a tremendous addition to our team, and we look forward to working with him.”

Griffin currently serves as Associate Dean and is a member of the faculty at the Mercer University School of Law. He has served as an advisor for several colleges and universities. Griffin is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences for organizations such as the National Association of Student Personnel Adminstrators, Stetson University College of Law National Conference on Law and Higher Education, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Officers. In 2018, he authored the book Investigating College Student Misconduct that is published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Griffin earned his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, as well as a M.A.E. from the University of Northern Iowa and B.S. degree from Southern University at New Orleans. He is a member of several distinguished associations including the National Association for College and University Attorneys and the American Association of Law Schools.

Oren Griffin can be reached at ogriffin@imsearch.com and 202-682-1504.



Isaacson, Miller Welcomes Association Leader

Washington, D.C.: Isaacson, Miller (IM) announced today that Christine “Chris” McEntee has joined the firm as a senior advisor for the firm’s growing Associations practice in the Washington, D.C. office.

“Chris’ proven track record of innovation, growth, and improved operational effectiveness, combined with a focus on healthcare, scientific research and policy, higher education, and conservation, environment and natural resources, will enable us to better serve our clients across a number of industry sectors” said Philip Jaeger, co-leader of the Healthcare and Academic Medicine practice area. “Following the growth in the number of association searches, we are thrilled to further bolster the practice with Chris and we are pleased to welcome her to IM.”

With over 25 years of experience, McEntee focuses on growing large organizations through reinventions in governance, membership, programs, public policy and outreach. Most recently, she served as CEO of the American Geophysical Union, a leading professional global scientific society that annually serves 100,000 scientists. McEntee has received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership, including the CEO Update Professional CEO of the Year, Crain’s Chicago Business Under 40 Movers and Shakers, and ASAE’s Women Who Advance America award. McEntee earned a M.H.A from George Washington University and a B.S.N degree from Georgetown University. She has served on numerous boards, including the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Medstar Research Institute. McEntee is an ASAE fellow and is repeatedly a spokesperson to the media and professional audiences.

Chris McEntee can be reached at cmcentee@imsearch.com or (202) 682-1504.



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