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 37 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.



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Isaacson, Miller Names 6 New Partners in 2019

Boston, Massachusetts: Isaacson, Miller (IM) is pleased to announce the promotion of six new partners, representing the level of talent, and diversity in leadership that is cultivated within the firm. IM proudly recognizes these individuals for their significant accomplishments, outstanding client service, and commitment to serving mission driven organizations.

“We are delighted to welcome our new partners. We look forward to their contributions to the firm, support of IM’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the long-held tradition of delivering exceptional client service,” said Vivian Brocard, President of Isaacson, Miller.

The newly promoted partners include:

Keight Tucker Kennedy (Washington, DC). With a background in strategy and organization development, Keight brings diverse experience to her search practice. She has deep experience in presidential, student affairs, and diversity and inclusion searches at a various types of institutions, including liberal arts colleges, research universities, and historically black colleges and universities. In addition to higher education clients, Keight has worked with nonprofit, foundation, and preK-12 advocacy organizations to identify senior leaders to advance their missions.

Natalie Leonhard (Washington, DC) recruits for a variety of senior roles, including academic and functional positions with a focus on student affairs, within both public and private higher-education institutions. She has also developed a strong practice with nonprofit and advocacy organizations, with a particular focus on serving Zoos and Aquariums across the country.

Cati Mitchell-Crossley (San Francisco) has built a practice focused on leadership searches for public and private academic institutions, spanning research and comprehensive universities, academic medical centers, and liberal arts colleges. Her portfolio includes searches for presidents, vice presidents, provosts, deans, chairs, and board members. Cati also works with community foundations and education nonprofit organizations.

Katie Rockman (Boston) has served a variety of clients across the education sector, both PK-12 organizations and colleges and universities, as well as several philanthropic organizations. She helps to lead Isaacson, Miller’s PreK-12 Education and Education Improvement Practice Area, and has had the privilege of partnering with a wide variety of education organizations on CEO and other senior-leader searches during her time with the firm. Katie has also built a growing practice serving performing arts organizations.

Jamie Sands (Boston) has been with the firm since 2008 and has supported and led a wide variety of searches for senior leadership roles in premier academic health science centers, medical schools, and research universities across the country. Her industry knowledge has helped her complete more than 55 searches for clients, including Michigan State University, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota Medical School, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ben Tobin (Boston) has worked on searches across multiple sectors. Representative clients include higher education institutions, foundations, and cultural organizations. Ben has helped to drive IM’s art, architecture, and design practice through the recruitment of presidents, provosts, deans, and other academic and administrative leaders across public and private higher-education institutions as well as nonprofit organizations.


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 37 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.




News + Notes


Isaacson, Miller Names 6 New Partners in 2019

Boston, Massachusetts: Isaacson, Miller (IM) is pleased to announce the promotion of six new partners, representing the level of talent, and diversity in leadership that is cultivated within the firm. IM proudly recognizes these individuals for their significant accomplishments, outstanding client service, and commitment to serving mission driven organizations.

“We are delighted to welcome our new partners. We look forward to their contributions to the firm, support of IM’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the long-held tradition of delivering exceptional client service,” said Vivian Brocard, President of Isaacson, Miller.

The newly promoted partners include:

Keight Tucker Kennedy (Washington, DC). With a background in strategy and organization development, Keight brings diverse experience to her search practice. She has deep experience in presidential, student affairs, and diversity and inclusion searches at a various types of institutions, including liberal arts colleges, research universities, and historically black colleges and universities. In addition to higher education clients, Keight has worked with nonprofit, foundation, and preK-12 advocacy organizations to identify senior leaders to advance their missions.

Natalie Leonhard (Washington, DC) recruits for a variety of senior roles, including academic and functional positions with a focus on student affairs, within both public and private higher-education institutions. She has also developed a strong practice with nonprofit and advocacy organizations, with a particular focus on serving Zoos and Aquariums across the country.

Cati Mitchell-Crossley (San Francisco) has built a practice focused on leadership searches for public and private academic institutions, spanning research and comprehensive universities, academic medical centers, and liberal arts colleges. Her portfolio includes searches for presidents, vice presidents, provosts, deans, chairs, and board members. Cati also works with community foundations and education nonprofit organizations.

Katie Rockman (Boston) has served a variety of clients across the education sector, both PK-12 organizations and colleges and universities, as well as several philanthropic organizations. She helps to lead Isaacson, Miller’s PreK-12 Education and Education Improvement Practice Area, and has had the privilege of partnering with a wide variety of education organizations on CEO and other senior-leader searches during her time with the firm. Katie has also built a growing practice serving performing arts organizations.

Jamie Sands (Boston) has been with the firm since 2008 and has supported and led a wide variety of searches for senior leadership roles in premier academic health science centers, medical schools, and research universities across the country. Her industry knowledge has helped her complete more than 55 searches for clients, including Michigan State University, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota Medical School, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ben Tobin (Boston) has worked on searches across multiple sectors. Representative clients include higher education institutions, foundations, and cultural organizations. Ben has helped to drive IM’s art, architecture, and design practice through the recruitment of presidents, provosts, deans, and other academic and administrative leaders across public and private higher-education institutions as well as nonprofit organizations.



Results


Dean, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Charles Martinez Jr. has been named the Dean of the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin

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Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Brenda Cassellius has been named the next Superintendent of Boston Public Schools.

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President, Rush University

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

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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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Chief Executive Officer, NSLA

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

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Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean, Teachers College

Stephanie J. Rowley has been selected to serve as the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean, and Provost of Columbia University Teachers College.

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Executive Director and CEO, Peabody Essex Museum

Brian Kennedy has been named the next Executive Director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum.

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President, Samuel Merritt University

Ching-Hua Wang has been named the President of Samuel Merrit University.

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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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Head of School, Moorestown Friends School

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

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Director, Newark Museum

Linda Harrison has been named the Director of the Newark Museum.

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VP of Clinical Department Finance, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has selected Thomas Netolicky, CPA, MAc to serve as its next Vice President of Clinical Department Finance

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Vice President for Advancement, Westminster College

Daniel Lewis has been named the next Vice President for Advancement at Westminster College.

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Senior VP, Chief CDO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Melany Duval has been named the Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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President and CEO, The NEA Foundation

Sara Sneed has need named the next President and CEO of the NEA Foundation.

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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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Head of School, The Philadelphia School

Lisa Sun is the new Head of School at The Philadelphia School.

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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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Executive Director, From the Top

Gretchen Nielsen has been named Executive Director of From the Top.

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President, Oberlin College

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

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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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President and CEO, 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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Associate Vice Chancellor and CDO, UC Merced

Sang Han has been named the Associate Vice Chancellor and CDO of UC Merced.

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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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ED, 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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VP for Marketing and Communications,Carnegie Mellon University.

Key Nuttall has been named the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Carnegie Mellon 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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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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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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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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