Recruiting exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations.



Courtney Wilk-Mandel


Courtney’s practice focuses on searches in higher education, academic medicine, and arts and culture, and includes the searches that placed the first women leaders at UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California. Her other notable searches include liberal arts college presidents, executive directors at symphonies and museums, and the inaugural Senior Vice President for Health Affairs at USC, as well as several placements at UC Irvine Health. Courtney, a leader in the firm’s equity, diversity, and inclusion work, brings a breadth of practice expertise and a spirit of continuous growth and improvement to her work and to the work of the firm. Prior to joining Isaacson, Miller, Courtney was the assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Southern California. Courtney holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley (magna cum laude), and an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Los Angeles


  • EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • BA (magna cum laude), University of California, Berkeley