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 36 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 55 percent of our placements being women and/or people of color.



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 36 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 55 percent of our placements being women and/or people of color.



Results


Rare Opportunities

Learn about how Isaacson, Miller partnered with Virginia Military Institute to seize a rare opportunity.

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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 and CEO, KnowledgeWorks

Charles Ambrose has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks.

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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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President, Pratt Institute

Francis Bronet has been named the 12th President of the Pratt Institute.

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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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Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Orchestra

Michelle Miller Burns has been named the Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Orchestra.

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Chair, Department of Surgery, UCSF

Julie Ann Sosa has been named the Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

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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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VP of Research and Collections, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Gabriela Chavarria has been named Vice President of Research and Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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President and CEO, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association

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

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Chancellor, UAMS

Winston "Cam" Patterson has been named Chancellor of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

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Director of the Klingenstein Center, 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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A Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Kevin McDonald reflects on his first year as the inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the University of Missouri System.

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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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Team-building at the Peabody Essex Museum

Isaacson, Miller has been helping PEM build its leadership team for more than two decades. Here is an excerpt from a conversation with the PEM team.

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President, The Juilliard School

Damian Woetzel has been named the next President of The Juilliard School.

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Head of Upper School, 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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Education Program Director, Hewlett Foundation

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

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Executive Director of the Knight Campus, University of Oregon

Dr. 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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Chief Executive Officer, NWEA

Chris Minnich is the new Chief Executive Officer of NWEA.

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Philanthropy and Science

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a biomedical and genomic research center located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, retained Isaacson, Miller to recruit a chief development officer.

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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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A Philanthropic Homecoming

In January of 2015, Virginia Tech retained IM to recruit a VP for advancement. The result might be called a case study in the way highly engaged partnerships lead to phenomenal recruits.

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President and CEO, ABFM

Warren Newton, MD, MPH has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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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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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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