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 four decades of experience in recruiting senior leaders for 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, 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 an 80% returning-client rate. We 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 60% of our placements identifying as women and/or people of color.


News + Notes


Please Join Us in Welcoming Sarah James to Isaacson, Miller 


We are pleased to announce that Sarah James has joined Isaacson, Miller as a Partner. Sarah will join IM’s widely recognized arts and culture practice and brings more than 25 years of experience recruiting chief executives for national and international nonprofit institutions. “Sarah is one of the most well-regarded search consultants in the arts and culture world,” said Ericka Miller, IM President + CEO. “She has an outstanding reputation for consistently demonstrating deep and broad knowledge of the field, high-touch client service, and keen strategic sense. Her personal and professional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is consistent with IM’s core values. We are excited to welcome her to the firm.” Previously, Sarah spent 20 years at Phillips Oppenheim, where she founded the firm’s visual arts practice. Sarah holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. Read more about Sarah’s background and accomplishments here.

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 four decades of experience in recruiting senior leaders for 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, 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 an 80% returning-client rate. We 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 60% of our placements identifying as women and/or people of color.



News + Notes


Please Join Us in Welcoming Sarah James to Isaacson, Miller 


We are pleased to announce that Sarah James has joined Isaacson, Miller as a Partner. Sarah will join IM’s widely recognized arts and culture practice and brings more than 25 years of experience recruiting chief executives for national and international nonprofit institutions. “Sarah is one of the most well-regarded search consultants in the arts and culture world,” said Ericka Miller, IM President + CEO. “She has an outstanding reputation for consistently demonstrating deep and broad knowledge of the field, high-touch client service, and keen strategic sense. Her personal and professional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is consistent with IM’s core values. We are excited to welcome her to the firm.” Previously, Sarah spent 20 years at Phillips Oppenheim, where she founded the firm’s visual arts practice. Sarah holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. Read more about Sarah’s background and accomplishments here.


Results


The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Renita Miller, PhD named Chief Diversity, Equity + Inclusion officer at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Santa J. Ono, PhD named President of University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

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Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Jill Crisman, PhD named Executive Director, Digital Intelligence Safety Research Institute at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Lusheena Warner named Chief of Staff at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

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University of Pennsylvania

James J. Husson named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at University of Pennsylvania

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One8 Foundation

Sasha Shraybman named Portfolio Manager, Education at the One8 Foundation

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Harpswell Foundation

Deborah Leaver named Executive Director of the Harpswell Foundation

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University of California San Diego

John M. Carethers, MD named Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at University of California San Diego

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American Theological Library Association (Atla)

John F. Kutsko, PhD named Executive Director of the American Theological Library Association (Atla)

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New York Academy of Medicine

Ann Kurth, PhD, MPH, MSN, CNM, FAAN, FACNM named President of The New York Academy of Medicine.

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Harlem School of the Arts

James C. Horton named President of the Harlem School of the Arts, The Herb Alpert Center.

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Oregon State University

Jayathi Murthy, PhD named President of Oregon State University.

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United Way of Greater Cleveland

Sharon Sobol Jordan named President + CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland.

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Valerie Sheares Ashby, PhD named President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Merck Family Fund

Darryl Young named Executive Director of Merck Family Fund

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Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Joy Sisisky named Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

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Miami University

Susan McDowell named Vice President of Research and Innovation at Miami University

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Edmund Burke School

Steve McManus named Head of School at the Edmund Burke School

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The School District of Philadelphia

Tony Watlington Sr., Ed.D. named Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia

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Duke University, Duke Global Health Institute

Christopher C. Beyrer, MD, MPH named Director of Duke Global Health Institute

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Dillard University

Dr. Rochelle L. Ford, APR named President of Dillard University

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Everyday Democracy

Merle McGee named Executive Director of Everyday Democracy

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California Institute of the Arts

Traci Mueller named Executive Director of Advancement Services at California Institute of the Arts

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Rush University, BMO Institute for Health Equity

Dr. John A. Rich named Director of Rush BMO Harris Institute for Health Equity

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North Suffolk Mental Health Association

Damien Cabezas named CEO of North Suffolk Mental Health Association

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Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts

Robert Ramirez named Head of the School of Drama.

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Grinnell College

Germaine Gross named Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

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University of California San Diego

Ann Spira named Vice Chancellor for Advancement.

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State University of New York, Downstate Health Sciences University

Marcus Gabriel Rodriguez named Executive Director of Development, Research.

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Michigan State University

Kim Tobin, PhD named Vice President for University Advancement.

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American University of Armenia

Brian Ellison named Provost of American University of Armenia.

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Hope Haven Area Development Center

Cheryl Plank named CEO of Hope Haven Area Development Center.

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National Legal Aid & Defender Association

April Frazier Camara, Esq named President & CEO of National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

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Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center

Alexander Stegh, PhD named inaugural research director of the Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center.

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BioMADE

Dr. Melanie Tomczak named Chief Technology Officer of BioMADE

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City Year Greater Boston

Monica Roberts named Executive Director of City Year Boston.

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Punahou School

Gustavo Carrera named Academy Principal of the Punahou School.

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City Year New York

Quamid Francis named Executive Director of City Year New York.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Goldie Taylor named Senior Vice President, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Erik Rönmark named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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Stanford University

Deborah Cullinan named Vice President of the Arts at Stanford University.

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University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Nursing

Debra J. Barksdale named Dean and Professor, School of Nursing.

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Rhode Island School of Design

Crystal Williams named President of RISD.

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Keck School of Medicine of USC

Carolyn Meltzer, MD, named Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Christina Shutt named Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Eric Pryor named President of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Kansas City Art Institute

Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar named President of the Kansas City Art Institute.

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American Board of Pediatrics

Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA named President + CEO, American Board of Pediatrics.

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Brooklyn Museum

Kimberly Panicek “KP” Trueblood named President & Chief Operating Officer of Brooklyn Museum.

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East-West Center

Suzanne Varez-Lum named President of East-West Center.

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The George Gund Foundation

Anthony "Tony" Richardson named President of The George Gund Foundation.

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University of Michigan Medical School + Michigan Medicine

Debra Weinstein named Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at University of Michigan Medical School and Chief Academic Officer for Michigan Medicine.

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Weisman Art Museum

Alejandra Peña-Gutierrez named Director of the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.

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University of California, San Francisco

Nicquet Blake named Vice Provost of Student Academic Affairs + Dean of the Graduate Division.

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Harvard University

Klara Jelinkova named Vice President and University Chief Information Officer.

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University of Oregon

Richie Hunter named Vice President for Communications at the University of Oregon.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Mike Roussos named President of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Silvia Munoz-Price named Chief Quality and Safety Officer for the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

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Yale University, School of Art

Dr. Kymberly Pinder named Dean of the School of Art at Yale University.

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The Juilliard School

David Serkin Ludwig named Dean and Director of the Music Division at The Juilliard School.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alison Friedman named Executive and Artistic Director, Carolina Performing Arts.

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National Audubon Society

Elizabeth Gray named President + Chief Conservation Officer of the National Audubon Society.

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Council of the Great City Schools

Ray Hart named Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools.

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Digital Promise

Jean-Claude Brizard named as CEO of Digital Promise.

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America's Promise Alliance

Mike O'Brien named as CEO of America's Promise Alliance.

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Historic New England

Vin Cipolla appointed as President and CEO of Historic New England.

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Oak Hill

Barry Simon makes invaluable contributions to disability services in Connecticut as President and CEO of Oak Hill.

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University of Maryland

Daryll Pines named the 34th President of the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Jewish Family & Children's Service

Gail Schulman named the next CEO of Jewish Family & Children's Service.

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Simmons University

Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten has been named the 9th President of Simmons University.

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New England Village

Michael Rodrigues has been named the next CEO of New England Village.

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Crossroads School

Mark Dumas has been named the President and CEO of the Crossroads School.

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Oberlin College

David Kamitsuka has been named the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College and Conservatory.

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Melville Charitable Trust

Susan Thomas named Executive Director of the Melville Charitable Trust.

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President, Roger Williams University

Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis has been named the 11th President of Roger Williams University.

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Moorestown Friends School

Julia de la Torre is the new Head of School at Moorestown Friends School.

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President, Rush University

Sherine Gabriel has been named the next President of Rush University.

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National Summer Learning Foundation

Aaron Philip Dworkin has been named the Chief Executive Officer of the National Summer Learning Association.

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Bold Choice by the AAMC

The AAMC has named David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, as its next president.

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Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design, Johns Hopkins University

Farouk Dey has been named the inaugural Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design at Johns Hopkins University.

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President, Tuskegee University

Lily D. McNair has been named the eighth President of Tuskegee University.

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President, KAUST

Tony Chan has been named the third President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

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Director General and CEO, IIASA

Albert van Jaarsveld has been named Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

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Founding Executive Director, Partnership on AI

Terah Lyons has been named the Founding Executive Director of the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society.

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HBCUs: Building on an Extraordinary Legacy

In January 2019, David A. Thomas will be inaugurated as the 12th president of Morehouse College, marking the 13th time an HBCU has partnered with IM to fill a leadership position.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Association

Matias Tarnopolsky named President and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association.

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Oberlin College

Carmen Twillie Ambar is selected to serve as the 15th President of Oberlin College.

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Klingenstein Center at Teachers College

Nicole Furlonge has been named the Director of the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Dean, Duke University School of Law

Kerry Abrams has been named the next Dean of the Duke University School of Law.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education

Deborah Delisle has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Alliance for Excellent Education.

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President and CEO, The Trust for Public Land

Diane Regas has been named the President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land.

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The Juilliard School

Damian Woetzel named President of The Juilliard School.

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Princeton Day School

Trixie Sabundayo has been named the Head of the Upper School at Princeton Day School.

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Storytelling with Impact

Throughout her career Cass Cliatt has maintained a singular vision: telling stories that make an impact. This vision made Ms. Cliatt a compelling candidate in IM’s search for a VP for Communications at Brown University.

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Massachusetts Charter Public School Association

Tim Nicolette has been named the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association.

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Executive Director of the Knight Campus, University of Oregon

Robert Guldberg has been named Executive Director of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon.

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Hewlett Foundation

Kent McGuire is the new Education Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Fouindation.

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Exemplary Leadership

Marcus Allen was exactly the leader that BBBS SEPA needed to raise its profile, recruit mentors for children-at-risk, and exemplify its fundamental belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.

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VP for Enrollment Management, University of New Mexico

Dan Garcia has been named the Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of New Mexico.

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A Civil Rights Leader for Today

Creating a "more perfect union" and establishing justice were and remain fundamental to the vision of America. We were honored to assist the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in their search for a leader.

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Leading a Revolution in Engineering Research

The University of Chicago created a new interdisciplinary molecular engineering program, and they retained Isaacson Miller to find the right person to run it.

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