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Chief Executive Searches

Placing executive leaders to drive sustainable growth for nonprofits and mission-driven organizations.

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What You Get

A Team of Consultants Dedicated to Finding Your Next Leader

The selection of a new chief executive is fundamentally one of the most important – and stressful – decisions any nonprofit board will make.

Whether your organization is facing a planned or unexpected transition of its top leader, a lot rides on the decision of choosing your next chief executive. We will partner with you on forming a search committee, assessing what you really need in your next leader, and thoughtfully guide you through the decision-making process so that you can be confident in choosing the right leader for your organization.

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Success Story

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Campbell & Company Executive Search consultants Dan Nevez and Alexandra Catuara discuss our partnership with Gabriela Chavarria, Ph.D., Executive Director, and her successful placement at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Meet Some of Our Recently Placed Leaders

Campbell & Company’s award winning team of Executive Search experts will help you find transformative leaders to help create a long lasting impact.


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Stuart I.R. Haniff, MHA

Chief Development Officer

Stuart joined the Harry Chapin Food Bank as their Chief Development Officer in March 2023. Stuart has dedicated the past two decades of his working life to philanthropy. Stuart considers himself a food banker at heart and a friend/fund-raiser by trade. He has previously served as a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Philanthropy Officer at major food banks across the United States, where he has spearheaded development activities and led multi-faceted development teams. Stuart most recently served as Vice President of Philanthropy for Feeding South Florida, where he increased philanthropic support for the organization and built their fundraising infrastructure. With a background in healthcare, the intersection of hunger and health is Stuart‘s North Star. We are thrilled that he will bring his proven, executive-level experience and passion to eradicate hunger to his new role at Harry Chapin Food Bank. 

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Nicole Williams

Executive Director

Nicole is the Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit supporting community development in cities and rural areas throughout the country. in Los Angeles. Previous to her placement, she served as the Senior Vice President and Head of Nonprofit Banking for Banc of California, where she was recruited to build a business focused on nonprofits and CDFI entities in California. Prior to joining Banc of California, Nicole spent nine years at J.P. Morgan, leading various lines of business within the bank and also served as Senior Director of Economic Development for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. She brings over ten years of extensive experience working with cities, counties, and municipal agencies.

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Anne Derieux

Seattle Rep

Anne joined Seattle Rep as their Chief Advancement Officer in February 2023. After a successful career as a professional ballerina, Anne has dedicated the past two decades of her working life to philanthropy. She has held roles in development, marketing, and executive leadership at arts and education nonprofits across Seattle. Anne most recently served as Vice President of Advancement for Cornish College of the Arts, where she oversaw all aspects of development and alumni relations. We are thrilled that she will bring her strategic mindset and lifelong passion for the arts to her new role at the Rep.

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Ashon McKenzie

Executive Director, Illinois

At the start of 2023, Ashon began his role with Start Early as the Executive Director, Illinois. Previously Ashon served as the Director of Strategy, Policy, Planning and Innovation at the City of Columbus, Mayor’s Office, CelebrateOne, where he provided oversight to their various programs including their policy and advocacy efforts and led overall strategic growth. Prior to that role, Ashon was a Policy Director with Children’s Defense Fund Ohio, where he developed relationships with funders, spearheaded creation of state and federal legislation, and acted as a spokesperson regarding their advocacy initiatives. Ashon is a compelling speaker with a magnetic presence who has demonstrated a personal passion and commitment to equity, education, infant and maternal health, and so much more. We look forward to his leadership with Start Early!

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Aisha Gayle Taylor

Chief Development Officer

Aisha has served as a development professional for the past 12 years and has devoted her career to closing the opportunity gap. In February 2023, she joined Start Early to lead their fundraising efforts as their new Chief Development Officer. Most recently Aisha served as the Interim Chief Advancement Officer with IDEA Public Schools where she built and managed a team of fundraisers across the country. During her time with IDEA, she helped increase their presence from 3-8 regions, more than doubling IDEA’s regional fundraising growth. Aisha is a transparent and kind leader that uses a DEI-informed lens to ensure that her teams reflect the composition of the communities they are serving. Aisha is a natural storyteller and captivating speaker who will now be bringing her commitment to education, fundraising expertise, and holistic leadership to Start Early.

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Anna Lee

Executive Director, Foundation

In February 2023, Anna Lee joined the American Institute of Physics as their newest Executive Director, Foundation. Anna most recently served as the Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations at the A.James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland. She is proud of the diversity, equity, and inclusion focused student initiatives that she was able to create through partnerships with many industry partners to support underrepresented minority students in STEM. In her previous work as a fundraising consultant, she served as a campaign director for Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. During her time there she helped lead their capital campaign and strategize on their fundraising framework, which led them to raising over $300 million by the museum’s Grand Opening. Anna is an effective thought leader who will be bringing these skills to AIP to execute the Foundation’s strategic direction

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Areas of Expertise

Through numerous searches for chief executives, we have come to understand the qualities that make a great executive leader for an organization.

With over 20 years of experience recruiting top executives, it means we know how to find:

  • Diverse and visionary leaders to guide long-term strategy and growth
  • Leaders with skills in fundraising and revenue generation
  • Successors for long-time leaders or organizational founders
  • Executives from the for-profit and public sectors with a passion to transition to nonprofit leadership

What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

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Ashley Jordan, Ph.D.

President and CEO

African American Museum in Philadelphia

“Campbell & Company is more than just a search firm, but a company that advocates well beyond the placement of the candidates. This additional support that Campbell provides is professionalism with care. They are an organization committed to the success of their clients and their accessibility to be a resource is unmatched.”


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Doug Mitchell

Executive Director

Glacier National Park Conservancy

“Until I met the Campbell & Company Executive Search team, my experience over a long career with executive search firms had, frankly, been mixed at best. From my first interaction with them, I knew this was a different kind of firm. They are truly interested in finding the best candidate for the organization they are representing, and they go about it by developing authentic, supportive, and meaningful relationships with candidates. For me, too many search firms come across as purely transactional. Campbell & Company is different. They are truly special and I am a better executive thanks to their involvement with me and my organization.”


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Elias Rosario

Chief Administrative and Financial Officer

Heartland Alliance

“The Campbell & Company Executive Search team met every metric and requirement outlined within the written search strategy and we were quickly presented with a highly qualified and impressive candidate pool to fill the CHRO position. Thank you, for successfully filling one of our most challenging positions with an excellent candidate, in record time, It was a very helpful and pleasant experience.”


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Paul Bessire

Chief Advancement Officer

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

“Campbell & Company has made a significant contribution to our fundraising success in the years of our work together. We value them as true partners who contribute to and enhance our ongoing efforts in a comprehensive, highly strategic manner. Campbell & Company has deep experience in all aspects of an innovative development program, from annual fund execution, executive search, database management, to principal giving strategy. Their expertise has brought us new revenue streams, helped us plan and launch campaigns, and brought top-notch development professionals to our team – including me!”


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Marie Trzupek Lynch

Former CEO and President

Skills for Chicagoland Future

“Our Chief Program Officer is amazing. She’s one of the best hires we’ve made, and I would never have found her without Campbell & Company. We are so lucky to have her at Skills!”


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Diane Regas

President and CEO

Trust for Public Land

“We partnered with Campbell & Company’s Executive Search team to recruit our first Chief People and Culture Officer. I was thrilled with their support throughout the search, the quality of candidates presented, and the team’s ability to understand and respond to our needs for this role. I would recommend Campbell & Company without hesitation.”


Committed to Advancing an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace

We are proud to partner with nonprofits to advance justice, opportunity, and equity throughout our society—and we bring this same commitment to our practices and culture as a company.

Diversity means something different to every organization; our goal is to help all our clients be as inclusive as possible. Our search practice possesses an outstanding track record for preparing diverse slates of candidates.

Our DEIA Practice

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Ranked a Top 10 Executive Search Firm for Women of Color by (WOC)®.

The results of Campbell & Company searches reflect our commitment to diversity and equity.


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Guidance As You Find Your Next Standout Leader

Our Executive Search team is here to lead the way.

People Matter. Results Matter.


Of our searches yielded diverse candidates for consideration.


of our placements were executives of color.


of our placements were women.

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Transformational Change Starts With a Conversation

Supporting nonprofits is our passion. We’re excited to connect the best people with the most important organizations.

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