June 24, 2021 – Executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting assisted in the placement of Seto Akinjiola as the new chief people officer of the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, MA. Leading the search for this newly created position was Kathy Bremer, managing director, and Diane Westmore, senior associate. In her new role with the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ms. Akinjiola is responsible for all aspects of human capital strategy and operations, including equity and inclusion, talent development, employee relations, culture-building, innovation and alignment with the mission and direction of UCS.
Ms. Akinjiola previously led and grew HR functions with multiple organizations, including Generation, You Employed, the Fair Labor Association, Greenpeace USA, Pan American Development Foundation and the International Center for Research on Women. She has experience in human resource policy and practice development, talent acquisition, performance management, salary and benefits administration, employee relations and government compliance. Ms. Akinjiola earned a master’s degree in international management and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Afro-American studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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The Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonpartisan 501 (C) (3) organization, addresses the greatest threats to human survival: climate change and nuclear weapons. Founded 50 years ago by scientists at MIT, UCS combines science and advocacy to tackle the planet’s most urgent problems, fostering solutions that impact countless lives, communities, policies, and outcomes. The organization has a staff of about 230 and an annual budget of $41 million. The organization benefits from the generosity of more than 130,000 members, and foundations. Over 70 percent of support comes from individual donors and 87 percent of funding goes to program work. UCS does not accept government or corporate funding.
Boardwalk Consulting also recently recruited Johanna Chao Kreilick as president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Most recently, Ms. Kreilick managed the Open Society Foundations’ strategy unit responsible for planning, research and assessment for the foundations’ 50 global programs, national foundations and advocacy offices. Boardwalk Consulting conducted an exhaustive nationwide search to fill the role, reaching out to more than 500 candidates.
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BoardWalk Consulting, based in Atlanta, is a national executive search firm that recruits CEOs and senior leadership for mission-driven non-profit organizations. Founded in 2002, the firm leads executive searches for clients from across the non-profit sector with global, national, regional and local missions. Many of the firm’s team members have previously served as non-profit executives, grant makers and board leaders. BoardWalk Consulting is also an active partner in Panorama, the global network of independent executive search firms.
BoardWalk Consulting Tapped to Find President for Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
BoardWalk Consulting has been enlisted to find the next president for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), a non-profit that promotes energy efficiency as a catalyst for economic growth, workforce development and energy security. Mandy Mahoney, who has led SEEA for 10 years, recently announced that she depart next spring to pursue public office. Leading the assignment are senior director Jon Sparrow and Patti Kish, director of research.
Ms. Bremer joined BoardWalk Consulting in 2007 after eight years as head of Porter Novelli Atlanta. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president of fundraising and marketing for CARE. Earlier in her career, Ms. Bremer was a senior executive at three New York ad agencies, where she led Procter & Gamble and other client work. Prior to these roles, she worked as a journalist and writer in Tokyo. She has led numerous executive searches for clients including ADL, Heifer, Save the Children, CDC Foundation, Oxfam, HIAS, Research!America, Jane Goodall Institute, TSNE MissionWorks, The Trustees and many others.
Ms. Westmore has over 30 years of search experience recruiting president/CEO, vice president and senior-level executives spanning all functional areas. She joined BoardWalk after 12 years at Spencer Stuart, where she partnered with a broad range of consultants working across multiple practices. Before that, she spent 15 years at Bowman & Associates, a boutique search firm specializing in venture-funded medical technology companies, leaving as a vice president. She began her career at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital/Gunderson Clinic in marketing.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media