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BoardWalk Consulting is a national executive search firm that specializes in recruiting CEOs and senior leaders for nonprofits and foundations. The firm has seasoned practitioners who have served as nonprofit executives, grant makers and Board leaders for a wide variety of organizations. Nonprofit leadership is our passion and life’s work. BoardWalk delivers on its promise: Finding leaders that matter for missions that matter.® 

BoardWalk has led over 200 searches for over 110 distinct clients in 27 states. Its nonprofit clients are national, regional and local. They have missions that are global, or national, regional or place-based. Their diversity spans mission, size, culture, challenges and aspirations. In each unique context, BoardWalk’s proactive, comprehensive, client-centered approach delivers leaders who exceed expectations, from the start and over the long haul.

BoardWalk Consulting was founded in 2002 by Sam Pettway, a 30-year search veteran and former partner of global search firms including Spencer Stuart and Egon Zehnder. Realizing that his passion was serving organizations that exist to do good, Sam launched the firm and attracted other leaders whose background, passion and commitment enable BoardWalk to deliver on its promise of Finding leaders that matter for missions that matter.®

In partnership with clients, the firm recruits leaders who possess the skills, experience, fit and passion essential to advancing their organization’s mission, aspirations and goals.

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At Boardwalk Consulting, they are practitioners with diverse corporate and nonprofit backgrounds. They have chaired boards, provided leadership within nonprofit and grant making organizations and served as community volunteers.

Their combined experience in the private and nonprofit sectors enables them to quickly identify the mission-critical strengths and abilities necessary to further an organization’s mission and aspirations.

The combination of nonprofit experience, knowledge and passion gives them an uncommon advantage in Finding leaders that matter for missions that matter.®

Solutions And Expertise

BoardWalk has led over 200 searches for over 110 distinct clients in 27 states. Its nonprofit clients are national, regional and local. They have missions that are global, or national, regional or place-based.

Their diversity spans mission, size, culture, challenges and aspirations. In each unique context, BoardWalk’s proactive, comprehensive, client-centered approach delivers leaders who exceed expectations, from the start and over the long haul.

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  • Development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • GM/Operations
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Boardwalk Consulting Finds Executive Director for Year Up Atlanta

Following an expansive national search, Atlanta-based executive search firm BoardWalk Consulting helped in the placement of Grace Jackson as executive director of Year Up Greater Atlanta. BoardWalk Consulting director Crystal Stephens led the assignment. Year Up Greater Atlanta is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18 to 24, with a combination of

BoardWalk Consulting Finds New Leader for Presbyterian Mission Agency Board
BoardWalk Consulting Diane Moffett executive director Presbyterian Mission Agency Board

Following an expansive national search, Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting has placed Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett as the new executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB), one of six agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The search was led by managing director Kathy Bremer. “Diane is a multi-dimensional leader and author whose decades

BoardWalk Consulting Places Executive Director at Covenant House Georgia
BoardWalk Consulting Places Executive Director Covenant House Georgia

BoardWalk Consulting, an Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm, has placed Alieizoria Redd as the new executive director of Covenant House Georgia (CHG). She succeeds Allison Ashe, who led the organization since late 2009. “Alie Redd captivated the search committee’s attention the very first time we met her,” said board chair John Ridall, who also chaired the executive

BoardWalk Consulting Seeks CEO for Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

BoardWalk Consulting, an Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm, has been selected to find the new CEO for the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) in Virginia. Anne Scott, who led the foundation for four years, stepped down in October. Sam Pettway, BoardWalk’s founding director, is leading the search. Ayanna Grady-Hunt, a senior associate, is spearheading the research. The

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Covenant House Names New Executive Director

ATLANTA, GA, March 29, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Covenant House Georgia, a place of refuge, hope and healing for homeless and trafficked youth, has appointed Alieizoria “Alie” Redd as executive director, according to a press release. Redd joins Covenant House Georgia from CHRIS 180, where she has served as vice president of Placement Services

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta names CEO

ATLANTA, GA, February 13, 2018 – The board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, a nonprofit that leverages the power of mentors on behalf of metro Atlanta’s youth, Feb. 13 announced the appointment of Kwame Johnson as its new CEO. Johnson, the executive director of the greater Atlanta region for PowerMyLearning, succeeds

Kanuga Conferences Appoints Organization’s 10th President

ATLANTA, GA, September 3, 2016 — Kanuga Conferences has appointed the Rev. Michael Radford Sullivan as president effective early November. Most recently, Sullivan served as rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Parish in Atlanta, where he has been since 2009. Sullivan brought stability to finances of the 2,500-member parish and has extensive strategic planning and fundraising experience, including a

Former US Congressman Ben Chandler Named President and CEO of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, KY, July 18, 2016 — The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Board of Directors unanimously selected Ben Chandler as the new president and CEO of the Foundation, effective in September. Chandler is currently the Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council but is most notably recognized for his work as Kentucky U.S. Congressman from the 6th Congressional

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