We are outraged by the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the countless others that have come before them.
We are enraged by the disparities in health outcomes for Black communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are incensed that institutional and structural racism and white supremacy have harmed Black men, women, and children for generations.
We believe Black Lives Matter.
We take responsibility for creating a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace and world.
We are committed to becoming an unequivocally antiracist organization.
We help nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises
hire the right talent to achieve their missions.
We customize and manage a search process and timeline that meets your organization's unique needs. We source a diverse selection of leadership talent through our extensive networks, primary research and outreach, and various media channels. We conduct comprehensive candidate assessments to prepare the hiring team to make the right decision.
We also help you solve a range of organizational and leadership challenges before or beyond the parameters of an executive search. We provide a la carte consulting on topics such as leadership succession planning, Board engagement, new leader onboarding, and organizational structure design.
A Sample of Our Successful Placements
We have successfully placed hundreds of leaders
at mission-driven organizations.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Dr. Beth Reaves
The Washington School for Girls
Unity Health Care
VP, Partnership Development
Director, DC Community Initiatives
US Soccer Foundation
Tamara Wilds Lawson
ED, Collective Impact
Washington Nationals Dream Foundation
Chief Operating Officer
Our Value Proposition
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.
Having successfully completed hundreds of executive 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.
We have cultivated an extensive cross-sector network of leaders who connect us to top talent. In addition to the thousands of candidates who apply to our searches each year, we proactively identify and connect with a diverse selection of extraordinary leaders.
Katie McNerney founded LeaderFit in 2009 to provide a more efficient and cost-effective approach to identifying, attracting, hiring, and onboarding exceptional talent for nonprofits, foundations and social enterprises. Katie leads executive search engagements and, along with Annie, manages the firm's team, strategy, and operations. In 2016, Katie and the LeaderFit team also launched Purpose Path (www.purposepath.org), an innovative career coaching program that inspires and prepares professionals to pursue leadership roles at social impact organizations. To date, more than 500 individuals have participated in Purpose Path programs.
Katie earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a 2019 Colorado Governors Fellow, a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Praxis Mentor, and volunteers regularly with Girls on the Run and Veterati.
Annie Linehan Czerwinski
Annie Linehan Czerwinski joined LeaderFit as a Partner in 2011. In addition to leading executive search engagements, Annie works with Katie to manage the firm’s team, strategy, and operations. Prior to joining LeaderFit, Annie was a Program Director at the CityBridge Foundation, where she designed and implemented corporate civic engagement programs for the ServiceCorps practice. Annie started her career with AmeriCorps in Washington, D.C., where she taught nutrition through a program developed by the Capital Area Community Food Bank. At UNICEF Argentina, Annie helped build public private partnerships. Her experience also includes corporate marketing with The Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board.
Annie recently completed more than a decade of service on the Board of Higher Achievement, including Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee. She has a MPP from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Shaina Amaya joined LeaderFit in 2013 as Vice President leading executive search engagements for nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprises. Shaina joined LeaderFit in 2013, after more than six years at a philanthropy consulting firm. As Vice President of Operations, she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s operations, financial management, human capital development and marketing strategies. Earlier in her career, Shaina served as a key member of the marketing and communications team at Unitus, where she worked closely with the organization’s international microfinance partners.
Shaina has a BA from Western Washington University in Spanish and Latin American Studies.
Katrina has spent over 10 years in the education management and non-profit space focused on diversity and inclusion and creating communities and cultures of equity and belonging. After earning a B.S in Management and an MA in Global Entrepreneurship Management from Babson College, Katrina spent five years at Babson College building innovative student centered programs. In 2016, Katrina joined Princeton University as the inaugural Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist creating and implementing strategies for inclusion across the entire employee lifecycle.
Inspired by this experience, she launched Kelda & Co, a human centered innovation consulting firm for diversity and inclusion where she partners with clients to apply design thinking and radical creativity to their diversity goals. At LeaderFit, she is focused on building a human centered strategy for internal professional development of the team as well as educating and supporting client goals. Having recently returned to her hometown of Capitol Heights, MD, Katrina looks forward to getting involved with local entrepreneurs focused on community building and social impact.
LeaderFit has been privileged to work with exceptional social impact organizations, including:
- A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
- Active Minds
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- America’s Promise Alliance
- Arabella Philanthropic Advisors
- Aspen Institute
- Association of American Law Schools
- Beacon House
- Big Brothers Big Sisters National Capital Area
- Bishop Walker School for Boys
- Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington
- Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence
- Byte Back
- Campaign Legal Center
- Capitol Hill Village
- CASA de Maryland
- Catalogue for Philanthropy
- Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
- Center for Policing Equity
- ClearPath Foundation
- Greater Washington Community Foundation
- Community Wealth Partners
- Corporation for National and Community Service
- Crown Family Philanthropies
- DC Affordable Law Firm
- DC Alliance for Youth Advocates
- DC Bar Foundation
- DC Bar Pro Bono Center
- DC Prep
- DC Public Education Fund
- DC School Reform Now
- DC SCORES
- DC Vote
- Democracy Fund
- Denver Museum of Contemporary Art
- Developing Families Center
- Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School
- Echoing Green
- Equal Justice USA
- Everybody Wins! DC
- Excel Academy Public Charter School
- Exponent Philanthropy
- Fair Chance
- Fight for Children
- Fisher House Foundation
- Flamboyan Foundation
- For Love of Children
- Fresh Taste
- Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)
- Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ)
- Georgetown University Berkley Center
- Georgetown Visitation
- Get Schooled
- Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia
- Gonzaga College High School
- Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)
- Higher Achievement
- Hire Heroes USA
- Humane Rescue Alliance
- Issue One
- KIPP DC
- Landon School
- Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
- Latino Economic Development Center
- Leading Educators
- Legal Aid
- Life Pieces to Masterpieces
- Malala Fund
- Marriott Foundation
- Martha’s Table
- My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Conference on Citizenship (NCOC)
- National Fatherhood Initiative
- NATS Washington Baseball Academy
- Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
- New Futures
- Northern Virginia Family Services
- Peace Players International
- Philip L. Graham Fund
- PICO National Network
- Pro Bono Institute
- Public Religion Research Institute
- Ready At Five
- Refugees International
- Restore America's Estuaries
- Rising for Justice
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC
- Sandy Hook Promise
- Search for Common Ground
- Service Year
- Share Our Strength
- Shared Interest
- Shelter House
- St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families
- Stop Soldier Suicide
- Strive (Sports Challenge Leadership Academy)
- Teach for America
- The Consortium of Catholic Academies
- The Greater Washington Community Foundation
- The Management Center
- The Peter G. Peterson Foundation
- The Reading Connection
- The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
- Thurgood Marshall Academy
- Turnaround for Children
- Tysons Partnership
- U.S. Soccer Foundation
- United Way Worldwide
- United Health Care
- University of Washington School of Law
- Urban Alliance
- Venture Philanthropy Partners
- Walton Family Foundation
- Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF)
- Washington Jesuit Academy
- Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
- Washington Nationals Dream Foundation
- Washington School for Girls
- Washington Tennis and Education Foundation
- Weissberg Foundation
- Whitman Walker Health
- Women In Cable Telecommunications
- Woodley House
- World Wildlife Fund
- Wyman Center
- Youth Villages
- YWCA National Capital Area