WE HIRE FOR GOOD.

LeaderFit is an executive search firm for mission-driven organizations.

Career Circles tagline here.

Career circles description here.

WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO SERVE HIGH-IMPACT NONPROFITS

Our Value Proposition

LeaderFit partners with executives and Boards of mission-driven organizations to discover, evaluate, and select extraordinary leadership talent.

We invest significant time and energy to become trusted advisors to our clients, and we work hard to understand each client’s unique culture, strategic objectives, program offerings, and talent needs.

Nonprofit Expertise

Our team’s extensive experience as nonprofit leaders, Board members, and volunteers has given us first-hand knowledge of the sector’s unique challenges and opportunities. Our exclusive focus on the nonprofit sector has further sharpened our knowledge and networks.

Proven Process

Having successfully completed more than 225 searches, we have developed a best practices methodology to maximize our clients’ limited time and resources. We balance discipline, flexibility, and a sense of urgency to lead each search efficiently and create the most value for our clients.

Diverse Network

We have cultivated a network of leaders, not only in the nonprofit sector, but also in business and government, who serve as our connectors to leading talent. In addition to the thousands of candidates who apply to our searches each year, we proactively connect with a diverse selection of top talent.

Chief Medical Officer Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Company: Whitman-Walker Health
Director of Finance and Administration Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Location: Washington, DC
Company: Gonzaga College High School
Chief Development Officer Location: Washington, DC
Company: Washington Humane Society
Senior Managing Director, Growth and Stewardship Location: Washington, DC
Company: Teach For America
Executive Director Location: Washington, DC
Company: Everybody Wins! DC
Director, Opportunity Summits: Design and Operations Location: Preference for Washington, DC
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Director, Development Location: Can be based anywhere, USA
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Manager, Opportunity Summits: Corporate Partnerships and Stewardship Location: Preference for Washington, DC
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Deputy Director, National Programs Location: Preference for Washington, DC
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Manager, Opportunity Summits: Youth Outreach, Training, and Development Location: Preference for Washington, DC
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Executive Director Location: Halethorpe, Maryland
Company: Ready At Five
Program Associate Location: Washington, DC
Company: Aga Khan Foundation USA
Executive Director Location: Washington, DC
Company: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
Deputy Director Location: Hyattsville, MD
Company: St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families
Global Science Leader Location: Flexible Location, Global
Company: World Wildlife Fund
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs Location: New York, NY
Company: The Peter G. Peterson Foundation 
Direct Response Marketing and Engagement Director Location: Anywhere, USA
Company: Sandy Hook Promise
Development Director Location: Anywhere, USA
Company: Sandy Hook Promise
Human Resources Administrative Coordinator (part-time) Location: Washington, DC
Company: Aga Khan Foundation USA
Associate Location: Washington, DC
Company: LeaderFit
Manager, Institutional Partnerships and Business Development Location: Washington, DC
Company: Aga Khan Foundation USA
Associate, Resource Development Location: Washington, DC
Company: Aga Khan Foundation USA
Director, Marketing Analytics Location: Alexandria, VA
Company: United Way Worldwide
Manager, Salesforce Location: Alexandria, VA
Company: United Way Worldwide
Manager, Email Campaigns Location: Alexandria, VA
Company: United Way Worldwide
Major Gifts Officer Location: Newtown, CT
Company: Sandy Hook Promise
Director of Development Location: New York, NY or Washington, DC
Company: The Malala Fund
Manager, Media Relations Location: New York, NY
Company: The Peter G. Peterson Foundation 

RECENTLY COMPLETED SEARCHES

Kirra Jarratt

Executive Director

DC Bar Foundation

Leigh Cleaver

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Real School Gardens

Erik Stegman

Executive Director

Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth

Rick Cruz

VP, Mission Advancement

America's Promise Alliance

Elizabeth Lindsay

Executive Director

Byte Back

Danielle Reyes

Executive Director

Crimsonbridge Foundation

Sultan Shakir

Executive Director

SMYAL

Shannon Scott

Chief Financial Officer

The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region

Mary Dillon Kerwin

Director of Development

Association of American Law Schools

Harold Pettigrew

Executive Director

WACIF

Zachary Clark

Executive Director

826DC

Keith Gordon

Chief Operating Officer

Fight for Children

Danielle Reyes

Executive Director

Crimsonbridge Foundation

Zachary Clark

Executive Director

826DC

Harold Pettigrew

Executive Director

WACIF

Elizabeth Lindsay

Executive Director

Byte Back

Erik Stegman

Executive Director

Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth

Shannon Scott

Chief Financial Officer

The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region

Rick Cruz

VP, Mission Advancement

America's Promise Alliance

Leigh Cleaver

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Real School Gardens

Kirra Jarratt

Executive Director

DC Bar Foundation

Keith Gordon

Chief Operating Officer

Fight for Children

Sultan Shakir

Executive Director

SMYAL

Mary Dillon Kerwin

Director of Development

Association of American Law Schools

Our Approach

1. Understanding Your Needs

Our first step is to learn about your organization's unique culture. We interview key stakeholders to understand the ideal candidate’s experience, skills, and personal attributes. We develop a position description for advertising the role in addition to an internal tool for evaluating and comparing top candidates.


2. Sourcing Top Talent

To develop a robust and diverse pipeline of highly qualified candidates, we build our sourcing strategy in a few different ways. First, we contact our extensive network of executives and key thought leaders across the nonprofit sector. Next, we conduct in-depth research to look for new sources of talent. Then, we place targeted advertisements to generate leads from outside our network.

3. Evaluating Candidates

Leveraging our researched-backed interview methodology, we carefully evaluate and assess each candidate. We select the top candidates for you or your search committee to interview. We then prepare your team with the information and tools to conduct a thorough evaluation. We also conduct detailed reference and background checks, as necessary, to ensure proper due diligence.


4. Negotiating the Offer

Finally, we help you craft a competitive offer and facilitate negotiations with the candidate. Since we get to know your organization and the selected candidate so well during the recruiting process, we are well-positioned to develop an onboarding plan to ensure a successful transition.

Our team

Katie McNerney, Partner

Katie McNerney is the founder of LeaderFit, where she advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, performance evaluation, leadership development, and succession planning.

Annie Linehan Czerwinski, Partner

Annie Linehan Czerwinski is a Partner at LeaderFit, where she advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning.

Shaina Amaya, Senior Director

Shaina Amaya is a Senior Director at LeaderFit, where she advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning.

Renee Baiorunos, Vice President

Renee Baiorunos is a Vice President at LeaderFit, where she advises Boards and executive teams of nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises in all aspects of human capital strategy, including talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning.

Sarah Dressel, Associate

Sarah Dressel is an Associate at LeaderFit, where she provides support for client engagements, manages LeaderFit’s social media strategy, and ensures LeaderFit’s internal operations run efficiently.

What Our Clients Say About Us

"LeaderFit helped our Board navigate a challenging leadership transition. They worked tirelessly to identify a diverse group of talented candidates and provided guidance throughout the entire process. When it came time to make our final decision, their insight added a valuable perspective."

Noralisa Leo
Chair, Latino Economic Development Center

"LeaderFit is a terrific partner in the search for a senior executive. They learn the client and its needs, organize and facilitate the search process, and keep the entire Search Committee focused on its goal. And they are nice people to boot. I highly recommend LeaderFit."

Marc L. Fleischaker
Chair, DC Bar Foundation

“I have worked with LeaderFit on several successful searches. They have done a great job identifying candidates from both traditional and non-traditional sources. They are very client-focused – eager to engage in carefully defining both the skills and style that are the best fit for the position but also able to shift gears if the needs change during an assignment. I would be happy to work with them again.”

Michela English
President & CEO, Fight for Children

Some of our favorite articles about talent and executive search

GET IN TOUCH.

Hiring Talent?

Let us know how we can help.

Job Seeker?

Subscribe for LeaderFit updates.

Explore Purpose Path

Join the LeaderFit Talent Network

Send Us Your Resume

Call us: (202) 827-7407

© LeaderFit 2009-