Recruiting exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations.



Regan Hirano Gough


Regan, a Bay Area native, joined Isaacson, Miller in 2001 and brings more than two decades of experience in executive recruiting for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. One of the founding members of the firm's San Francisco office, she has built a practice across education, philanthropy, arts and culture, and healthcare. She is also a member of the firm's diversity and inclusion committee and craft and strategy committee. Regan has recruited presidential and cabinet-level officers to a range of mission-driven, community-embedded institutions. Notable placements include the executive director of the San Francisco Symphony, chancellor of the University of California San Francisco, president of the California Institute of the Arts, president of the East Bay Community Foundation, executive director of the Sierra Club, and executive director of the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon. Other searches have included chief officers in finance, research, student affairs, and technology. Outside of work, Regan volunteers at various area nonprofits, with a special interest in children's services and literacy organizations. Behind all her work, professional or otherwise, is a passion for strengthening the civic sector with leaders who can advance social good.


San Francisco


  • BA in English, cum laude, Wellesley College

Focus Areas

  • Higher education
  • Arts and culture
  • Foundations