About Us

BoardWalk Consulting is a national executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of CEOs and their direct reports for nonprofits and foundations. The firm’s staff are seasoned practitioners who themselves have served as nonprofit executives, grantmakers 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.®

Headquartered in Atlanta, we have conducted hundreds of leadership searches for clients in at least 33 states and a number of other countries, and it has recruited candidates from all 50 states and beyond. Each search is unique, but our approach is consistent, delivering professionally and demographically diverse leaders ready to make a difference.  Nonprofit leadership is not just part of what we do – it’s all that we do.

We have been a member since inception of the AESC and had the privilege of serving on AESC’s own CEO search committee upon the retirement of its long-time leader.  BoardWalk is also a proud member of Panorama, a partnership of leading boutiques that combine global capability with local sensitivity.


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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.

  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • GM/Operations
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

BoardWalk Consulting Assists Dare to Care Food Bank in the Recruitment of New CEO

Executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting has assisted in the recruitment of Vincent James as the new CEO of Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, KY. He will replace the retiring Brian Riendeau, who has led Dare to Care since 2009. John Sparrow, senior director, and Paula Nicholas, senior research associate, led the assignment. “Vincent is a thoughtful

Air Force Association Taps BoardWalk Consulting to Find Chief Development Officer

Executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting has been called in by the Air Force Association (AFA) to lead its search for a new chief development officer. Sam Pettway and Diane Westmore are heading the assignment. To succeed in this “hands-on, can-do environment,” the chief development officer must be both strategist and project manager, proactively aligning AFA’s needs with

Boardwalk Consulting Recruits Chief People Officer for the Union of Concerned Scientists 

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

Dare to Care Food Bank Taps BoardWalk Consulting to Assist CEO Search

Executive recruitment firm BoardWalk Consulting has been selected to find the next president and chief executive officer of the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, KY. John Sparrow, senior director, and Paula Nicholas, senior research associate, are spearheading the assignment. “For more than 50 years, the Dare to Care Food Bank has helped neighbors

Press Releases

Cyril Turner named President of Year Up

MARCH 27, 2019 – After an extensive nationwide search, Year Up has named Cyril Turner as its next President. Turner will succeed Garett Moran, who led the organization’s growth and expansion for more than 5 years. Turner comes to Year Up from Delta Air Lines, Inc., where he was President of Delta Global Services and Delta Private

Leslie Gordon Announced As Executive Director of Breman Museum

JANUARY 28, 2019 – Concluding a wide-ranging national search, the Board of Directors of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum has unanimously voted to appoint Leslie Gordon, a native of Savannah and an acclaimed Atlanta cultural leader, as its new Executive Director. She will start on February 4, 2019. Ms. Gordon has served as Director of the

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



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