We hire for good.

LeaderFit is a women-owned, women-led retained executive search firm. We partner with organizations to hire leaders through an inclusive, equitable, and human-centered search process, advancing transformational change across the social impact sector.

Our values define who we are, why we do this work, and how we do it. We are kind, respectful, empathetic, connected, and joyful leaders who promote equity, inclusion, justice, impact, and transformation. We do this through clear communication, transparency, accountability, integrity, trust, and sharing power.

We envision a thriving social impact sector where leaders reflect their diverse communities.

Recent Placements

Ryan Downer
Legal Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee
Andrea Pagano Reyes
VP, Development, National Women’s Law Center

Barbara McLaughlin
Executive Director,
Child and Family Network Centers

Chandra Hayslettv VP, Communications, The Joint Center
Noah Parrish
Director of Communications Gender Justice
Joanne Lin
Executive Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee
Debra Carr
CEO, Job Opportunities Task Force
Robbie Jacobs
Executive Director, Children’s Chorus of Washington

Deophister Uffer
Finance Director,
Center for Constitutional Rights

Ruth Pollard
CEO,
DC Primary Care Association

Tanya Thompson
Chief of People,
EJUSA

Lisa Cantu-Parks
VP, Resource Development,
UnidosUS

Jaqueline Tucker
VP, Community Partnerships,
Meyer Foundation

Julia Reticker Flynn Director, RFDC, Proteus Fund
Shane Santo Mulhern Executive Director, Thrive DC
Kiara Pesante Haughton
VP, Campaigns & Communications, National Women’s Law Center

John Branam
Executive Director,
Get Schooled

Sunyata Altenor Communications Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Kristin McGuire Executive Director, Young Invincibles

Kirra Jarratt
Executive Director,
DC Bar Foundation

Leni Dworkis
Md. Director of Partnerships and Strategy,
Meyer Foundation

Sanjiv Rao
Managing Director of Movements & Media,
Democracy Fund

Sapna Pandya
DC Director of Community Partnerships and Strategy, Meyer Foundation

Tanya Edelin
COO,
Washington Lawyers’ Committee

Ryan Downer
Legal Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee
Andrea Pagano Reyes
VP, Development, National Women’s Law Center

Barbara McLaughlin
Executive Director,
Child and Family Network Centers

Chandra Hayslettv VP, Communications, The Joint Center
Noah Parrish
Director of Communications Gender Justice
Joanne Lin
Executive Director, Washington Lawyers’ Committee
Debra Carr
CEO, Job Opportunities Task Force
Robbie Jacobs
Executive Director, Children’s Chorus of Washington

Jaqueline Tucker
VP, Community Partnerships,
Meyer Foundation

Julia Reticker Flynn Director, RFDC, Proteus Fund
Shane Santo Mulhern Executive Director, Thrive DC
Kiara Pesante Haughton
VP, Campaigns & Communications, National Women’s Law Center

Deophister Uffer
Finance Director,
Center for Constitutional Rights

Ruth Pollard
CEO,
DC Primary Care Association

Tanya Thompson
Chief of People,
EJUSA

Lisa Cantu-Parks
VP, Resource Development,
UnidosUS

John Branam
Executive Director,
Get Schooled

Sunyata Altenor Communications Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Kristin McGuire Executive Director, Young Invincibles

Kirra Jarratt
Executive Director,
DC Bar Foundation

Leni Dworkis
Md. Director of Partnerships and Strategy,
Meyer Foundation

Sanjiv Rao
Managing Director of Movements & Media,
Democracy Fund

Sapna Pandya
DC Director of Community Partnerships and Strategy, Meyer Foundation

Tanya Edelin
COO,
Washington Lawyers’ Committee

Our Clients

Our search portfolio is focused exclusively on mission-driven organizations, which has allowed us to build a strong and diverse community of senior leaders with deep expertise and a passion for advancing social impact.  Since our founding in 2010, we have partnered with nearly 200 nonprofits, foundations, and social impact organizations to identify, assess, and place nearly 500 senior and executive leaders.  Our record of successful search placements span the sector and the country and impact a variety of issues areas, including social justice, racial justice, health care, education, philanthropy, and workforce development.

Our Equity Imperative

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are here to transform the nonprofit and philanthropic community in partnership with leaders who share our values. We work to dismantle systemic racism and remove implicit bias in nonprofit leadership recruiting. We bring change to traditional racist and oppressive hiring practices that have relied too heavily on “who we know,” a premium on elite academic institutions, and comfort in hiring leaders who are familiar. We elevate and amplify marginalized voices to positions of influence and power.

The LeaderFit Process

Our team ensures an inclusive, accessible, and holistic process where clients, candidates, staff, and key stakeholders feel empowered and respected. This requires clear communication, consistency, and intentionality, which we center across our search engagements. Our typical process is six steps:

LeaderFit process step 1

Needs
Assessment

LeaderFit process step 2

Communication Strategy and Search Launch

LeaderFit process step 3

LeaderFit Interviews

LeaderFit process step 4

Client Interviews

 

LeaderFit process step 5

References, Decision, and Offer

LeaderFit process step 6

Onboarding

Flat Fee Model

We charge a flat fee, so you know exactly what to budget. This removes any potential conflict of interest in recommending a higher salary. We also don’t charge additional administrative or marketing fees.

Our Guarantee

We stand by our results. If the selected candidate leaves the organization within the first year, for any reason, LeaderFit will conduct a new search at no additional cost to our client.

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