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 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.
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.
DC Bar Foundation
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Real School Gardens
Aspen Institute Center for Native American Youth
VP, Mission Advancement
America's Promise Alliance
Chief Financial Officer
Greater Washington Community Foundation
Director of Development
Association of American Law Schools
Chief Operating Officer
Fight for Children
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.”
President & CEO, Fight for Children
1875 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC 20009
Sarah Dressel is a Senior Associate at LeaderFit, where she supports client engagements through research, project management, and candidate communication. Sarah’s previous experience includes research and project planning experience during an internship at The Peace Corps Office of University Programs. She also assisted an anthropologist in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History.
At George Washington University, Sarah was Vice President of Member Development for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity’s DC Alpha Chapter, where she developed a new academic mentorship program and facilitated the academic and personal development programming for 150 members. Sarah has also been involved in serving the refugee community in Columbus, Ohio teaching math and typing skills as well as testing students for placement in an ESL program. Sarah has a BA in Organizational Sciences with a minor in Sociocultural Anthropology from The George Washington University.
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. She also provides coaching and guidance to the LeaderFit team to ensure they provide exceptional service and counsel to LeaderFit’s clients. With Annie, Katie manages the firm’s strategy, operations, and administration.
Katie’s previous experience includes managing a B2B marketing program at eBay, advising high net worth individuals on their international philanthropic investments at The Endeavor Group, and leading client engagements for financial services firms at Corporate Executive Board. She also served as the founding CEO of EdFuel, a nonprofit that attracts and trains new talent for leadership roles in the education reform sector.
Katie is a Board member at Fair Chance and the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C. She is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2014, and volunteers with Girls on the Run of Montgomery County. Katie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was President of the University’s oldest honorary society.
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. She also provides coaching and guidance to the LeaderFit team to ensure they provide exceptional service and counsel to LeaderFit’s clients. With Katie, Annie manages the firm’s strategy, operations, and administration.
Prior to joining LeaderFit in 2011, 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 is Vice Chair of the Board of Higher Achievement, where she also serves as a member of the Governance Committee. She has a MPP from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Shaina Amaya 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.
Shaina joined LeaderFit in 2013, after more than six years at the Endeavor Group, a boutique philanthropy and business 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.
Gabe Albornoz is a Vice President at LeaderFit where he 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.
Gabe joined LeaderFit in 2017 after working in the non-profit and public sector for his entire career. He has over 16 years of executive experience serving as a cabinet official in Montgomery County, Maryland and as a non-profit executive in Washington, D.C. He brings a unique perspective on organizational development and administration and is deeply committed to the long-term success of LeaderFit's clients.Over the course of his career he has served on over 37 Boards, Commissions, and Advisory Councils at the State, County, Political, and Non-Profit level. Currently, he serves on the Board of St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families. In 2017, He was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, an initiative of the Presidential Libraries of Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Johnson. Gabe has an MBA from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University and a BA from the University of Maryland College Park.
Rachel provides administrative and project support to the LeaderFit team and our clients. She is responsible for communicating with candidates, planning meetings, managing LeaderFit’s social media strategy, and overseeing special projects.
Before joining LeaderFit, Rachel interned at the World Bank External and Corporate Relations team where she wrote and edited a resource guide to help faith actors contribute to eradicating extreme poverty in their local communities. Rachel also worked with a professor to conduct original analytical research on the organizational structure of the Kibo Group, a Ugandan community development group.
Rachel earned a B.A. in International Studies from Pepperdine and a certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law. Rachel studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.