Harvard Group Recruits CEO for Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County

July 28, 2016 – Executive search firm Harvard Group International (HGI) has recruited Michael L. Jackson as chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC). He succeeds Donna Ferraro who has led the non-profit organization since 1991.

Cyndi Court, managing director with Harvard Group International’s non-profit practice, led the search assignment.

Dr. Jackson’s career includes 35-years as a teacher and administrator at Stanford University and the University of Southern California (USC). At Stanford University, he held the position of dean of students before leaving to become vice president for student affairs and professor of higher education at USC. Throughout his career, Dr. Jackson has received numerous awards for his service.

During his tenure at USC, Dr. Jackson led a staff of 300 employees and 400 students. His department had an annual operating budget of over $30 million. He also led a number of fund raising drives to improve the quality of life for students at USC.


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“I am very pleased to be passing the baton to Michael. He has the perfect qualifications and background to lead the club’s growth going forward,” said Ms. Ferraro. “I couldn’t be happier with the board’s selection.”

Dr. Jackson said: “I am returning home where my life was changed for the better and I want to do the same for other boys and girls in Monterey County. I am excited to give back to an organization that gave me so much. I am committed to building upon the foundation that Donna has built and expand the platform on which Monterey County youth can build great futures.”

Since launching its dedicated non-profit search practice, Harvard Group has completed a number of key placements for leading organizations in the field, including Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters, the ALS Association, ALS Association of Georgia, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, United Way Worldwide, other Boys & Girls Clubs chapters, the National Charity League, the PACE Center for Girls, the Oakland Raiders Foundation, Pet Partners, I Have a Dream Foundation, and ASHRAE, as well as several universities.

Cyndi Court, former chief development and marketing officer for Special Olympics International and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, leads the practice for Harvard Group, which also includes Chuck Cain.

“As the non-profit sector continues to grow and become exceedingly more complicated, Harvard Group felt it needed to establish a non-profit division that combines our search expertise with non-profit industry expertise and our expanding network of for-profit leaders,” said Harvard Group founding partner Jeff McMahon.

Just recently, Harvard Group was retained by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to recruit six new board members. “We are ecstatic that the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has chosen to partner with HGI for this critical project,” said Mr. Cain, who is leading the searches. “This is an amazing time in the history of the foundation. We will be looking for high performing executives that will provide leadership, strategic direction, and dedication to expand the exposure of the Reeve Foundation in its mission to cure spinal cord injuries and improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis.”

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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