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, foundation, 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


Humility Matters Here | An IM Conversation with Dr. Robert Winn

"I hate that I am the only African American Cancer Center Director in the nation. Hopefully, by any success that I have here at VCU Massey I'm hoping that translates into other opportunities for women and other underserved minorities to actually have senior leadership positions of importance." 

In our final Searchcast episode of 2020,  Denise Gaffney and Jamie Sands, two leading Partners in our Healthcare and Academic Medicine Practice, sit down with Dr. Rob Winn, M.D., Massey Cancer Center Director at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, to discuss what drew him to the role and his ties to the Richmond area, his advice for other leaders and organizations who are working to increase workforce diversity, and his aspirations for the Massey Cancer Center.

Tune in on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


IM Partner Stephanie Fidel Appointed as President of the Board |   MAB 

Congratulations to long time IM Partner Stephanie Fidel, on her appointment as the President of the Board of MAB Community ServicesStephanie serves as the third female board president in MAB’s history, an organization tied to strong Bostonian women including Julia Ward Howe, writer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Helen Keller. Since its founding in 1903, MAB has served the interests of the adult blind. More recently, MAB Community Services expanded, providing support to individuals with a broad range of disabilities, including the Ivy Street School, a day and residential school for teenagers and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, brain injury and behavior health challenges.

We are also pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the search for the Executive Director of the Ivy Street School . Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, former Senior Education Policy Advisor for the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York, will assume the ED position on January 2, 2021. We invite you to read more about his announcement here. Stephanie Fidel led this search with Phillip Petree and  Berlinda Mojica.

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, foundation, 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


Humility Matters Here | An IM Conversation with Dr. Robert Winn

"I hate that I am the only African American Cancer Center Director in the nation. Hopefully, by any success that I have here at VCU Massey I'm hoping that translates into other opportunities for women and other underserved minorities to actually have senior leadership positions of importance." 

In our final Searchcast episode of 2020,  Denise Gaffney and Jamie Sands, two leading Partners in our Healthcare and Academic Medicine Practice, sit down with Dr. Rob Winn, M.D., Massey Cancer Center Director at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, to discuss what drew him to the role and his ties to the Richmond area, his advice for other leaders and organizations who are working to increase workforce diversity, and his aspirations for the Massey Cancer Center.

Tune in on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


IM Partner Stephanie Fidel Appointed as President of the Board |   MAB 

Congratulations to long time IM Partner Stephanie Fidel, on her appointment as the President of the Board of MAB Community ServicesStephanie serves as the third female board president in MAB’s history, an organization tied to strong Bostonian women including Julia Ward Howe, writer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Helen Keller. Since its founding in 1903, MAB has served the interests of the adult blind. More recently, MAB Community Services expanded, providing support to individuals with a broad range of disabilities, including the Ivy Street School, a day and residential school for teenagers and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, brain injury and behavior health challenges.

We are also pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the search for the Executive Director of the Ivy Street School . Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, former Senior Education Policy Advisor for the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York, will assume the ED position on January 2, 2021. We invite you to read more about his announcement here. Stephanie Fidel led this search with Phillip Petree and  Berlinda Mojica.


Results


America's Promise Alliance

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

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Minneapolis College of Art + Design

Sanjit Sethi named as President of Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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California State University

Joseph Castro named the 8th Chancellor of the California State University.

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Washington & Jefferson College

Carolyn Campbell-Golden named as VP of Development and Alumni Engagement.

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Historic New England

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

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High Tech High

Rasheed Meadows has been selected as the Chief Executive Officer of High Tech High.

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Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Steve Brosvik has been named the next President and CEO of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.

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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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Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Courtney Bell has been named the next Director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

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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 has been named the Executive Director of the Melville Charitable Trust.

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The Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Barbara Fields has been named the CEO of The Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

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Equal Opportunity Schools

Byron V. Garrett has been named the CEO of Equal Opportunity Schools.

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New Hampshire Public Radio

Jim Schachter has been named the next President and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio.

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Yale University School of Medicine

Nancy Brown has been named the Dean of Yale School of Medicine.

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Caltech

Dexter A. Bailey, Jr. has been named the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations at Caltech.

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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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UNCF VP is Making Strides on Capitol Hill

Lodriguez Murray flourishes as the Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs for UNCF.

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National Education Association

Kim Anderson has been named the Executive Director of the National Education Association.

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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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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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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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National Summer Learning Foundation

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

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Columbia University 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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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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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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NEA Foundation

Sara Sneed has been 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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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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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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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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President and CEO, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association

Matias Tarnopolsky is the 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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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 is the 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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VP for Advancement, Harvey Mudd College

Hieu Nguyen has been named the next Vice President for Advancement at Harvey Mudd College.

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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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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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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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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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