About Us

Cooper Coleman is a full-service recruiting and consulting firm partnering exclusively with nonprofit organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions to drive meaningful growth. We move organizations forward by placing the right leaders in the right roles at the right time, and we help to strengthen management and fundraising capacity to amplify their mission and impact.

We work with organizations of all sizes locally, nationally, and globally. Our practical, actionable, strategic approach helps our partner organizations achieve durable solutions and sustainable growth.

We represent our partners as if we are a member of their team—with passion, integrity, and a deep understanding of their challenges and opportunities. We intuitively know what makes the work they do unique and essential.

We are an LGBTQ+ owned business that embraces demographic, experiential, sexual, and cultural inclusion. We believe everyone is better when leadership reflects the diversity of its people and when an organization reflects the diversity of those it serves.

Our Team

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The Team Moving You Forward!
An ever-growing cadre of incredibly talented professionals extends the capacity and capabilities of our team. They include recruiters and organizational development experts, frontline fundraisers, planned giving experts, communicators, marketers, designers—each of whom has been hand-selected from our previous work experience and meets our rigorous expectations for performance, expertise, and continued professional development. Meet a few of them below.

Solutions And Expertise

We take extraordinary measures to preserve dignity in the recruiting experience. Recognizing there is a person behind each resume, we treat each candidate with humanity, clarity, and respect—as the assets they are to our sector, the third-largest driver of the U.S. economy.

The right leaders in the right roles are essential for success. The most successful organizations do not settle on their leaders, they strategically and meaningfully choose each one.

Recruiting the best candidates can be protracted and time-consuming. For that reason, we do the heavy lifting to find your ideal candidate, so you can focus on other priorities. We help organizations assess their unique needs to build a comprehensive profile of the professionals they require. We leverage our extensive network of passive and active candidates throughout the sector to place the right leaders in the roles most essential to your success.

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Succession Planning
Industries
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Cultural Arts
  • Education
  • Foundations
  • K-12
  • Non-Profit
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Cooper Coleman Names Chief Operating Officer

Chicago-based Cooper Coleman LLC  has appointed Tony Paskauskas, a veteran non-profit operations executive, as its chief operating officer, a new role at the firm. He will be responsible for scaling Cooper Coleman’s business operations and finance capabilities and extending its executive search and consulting capacities. “We’ve recruited one of the most talented and exceptional operations

Cooper Coleman Recruits CEO for Interact for Health

Cooper Coleman LLC has placed Kate Schroder as the new president and CEO of Cincinnati, OH-based community health organization Interact for Health. Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens recently stepped down from the position. Bill Coleman, principal and co-founder of Cooper Coleman, led the assignment. “This is a particularly unique leadership opportunity, not only due to the essential

Cooper Coleman Seeking President and CEO for Interact for Health

Cincinnati, OH-based community health organization Interact for Health has retained Cooper Coleman LLC, to lead the search for its next president and CEO. Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens recently stepped down from the position. Bill Coleman, principal and co-founder of Cooper Coleman, is leading the assignment. “This is a particularly unique leadership opportunity, not only due

In Demand: Innovative and Adaptable Leaders to Drive Efficiency

The Labor Department reported that 411,000 Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expected 380,000 new jobless claims. The previous week’s level was revised up by 6,000 from 412,000 to 418,000. The four-week moving average was 397,750, an increase of 1,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous

Press Releases

Cooper Coleman Places John E. Roane, Jr. as Chief Operating Officer of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

CHICAGO, IL – Cooper Coleman LLC has placed John Roane as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at New York City-based Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (Lambda Legal). A national search led by Johnny Cooper, Founder and Principal of the growing firm, identified Roane, an accomplished nonprofit executive specializing in building and continually improving organizational operations

Cooper Coleman Names Tony Paskauskas Chief Operating Officer

(April 20, 2022) Cooper Coleman LLC has appointed veteran nonprofit operations executive, Tony Paskauskas, as COO, a new role at the firm, to scale the firm’s business operations and finance capabilities and extend its executive search and consulting capacities. Paskauskas most recently led the operations, logistics, customer service, and donor stewardship functions behind a $305

Cooper Coleman Places Kate Schroder as President and CEO of Interact for Health

(Jan. 4, 2022) Cooper Coleman LLC has placed Kate Schroder as President and CEO of Cincinnati, OH-based Interact for Health. A national search led by Bill Coleman, Co-Founder and Principal of the growing firm, identified Schroder, a healthcare leader with more than 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Among her

Cooper Coleman Hires Paul Towne as Executive Search Consultant

(Jan. 11, 2022) Cooper Coleman LLC has hired Paul Towne as Executive Search Consultant, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, to expand the firm’s executive search capacity and extend its reach to social sector organizations throughout the United States. Paul’s leadership experience spans more than 20 years in nonprofit organization management, fundraising, and technology

Cooper Coleman Hires Kathy Kraushar as Executive Search Consultant

Cooper Coleman LLC has hired Kathy Kraushar as Executive Search Consultant, based in Cincinnati, to expand the firm’s executive search capacity and extend its reach to social sector organizations throughout the United States. Kathy’s leadership experience spans more than 30 years in nonprofit organization management, healthcare, and talent development. Before joining Cooper Coleman, Kathy spent