About Us

LPA Search Partners excels at finding exceptional talent at the intersection of content, services and technology. This women-owned firm led by industry veterans Willa Perlman and Anna McCormick Kelch offers expertise in the following industry verticals: Education, EdTech and Knowledge Services; Information Services & SaaS; Digital Media & Publishing; Data Analytics; Healthcare IT & Services, Professional Services; Non-Profit; and Board of Directors. LPA specializes in searches for C-level executives and their direct reports.

LPA Search Partners is a boutique firm focused on client services and overall candidate fit, prioritizing quality over volume. To that end, LPA is thoughtful about the searches they take on and the clients with whom they partner. Their success rate is one of the highest in the industry and a point of great pride; therefore, they will never accept or proactively seek work that compromises their ability to deliver top-shelf search services.

In a day and age of commoditized digital matchmaking, LPA Search Partners goes beyond the algorithm and employs a high touch, consultative approach to address individual clients’ needs and deliver the most qualified talent with a focus on sustainable fit for both client and candidate. The firm is represented in New York, Chicago, Providence, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and London and offers complementary additional services to recruitment including interim placements, executive coaching, M&A consultation and a board practice with a special focus on diversity and women candidates.

Representative Clients

Solutions And Expertise

  • Board Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • M&A Consultation
  • Digital Media
  • EdTech
  • Education
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Services & SaaS
  • Knowledge Services
  • Non-Profit
  • Publishing
  • C-Level Leaders
  • CEO/President
  • Data/Analytics
  • Financial Officers
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Vice President

News Briefings

5 Workplace Trends to Watch in 2021

While executives have long recognized that well-being is important, the COVID-19 pandemic brought home how significant it really is. Work and life, health, safety and well-being became inseparable in 2020. Amid unprecedented workforce disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are enacting radically new ways of working and operating – and the C-suite is taking action to

Jobless Claims Fall Below One Million for the First Time Since March

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the U.S., the Labor Department reported this morning that 963,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. While not exactly good news, this is the first week since March where claims were reported below the one million mark for the week. Economists were expecting initial

Press Releases

Announcing the launch of LPA Search Partners – the merger of Ligature Partners and Ascend Executive Search

Providence, RI: Willa Perlman, CEO of Ligature Partners and Anna McCormick Kelch, CEO of Ascend Executive Search announce the merger of their firms. LPA Search Partners will combine their respective practices to provide robust service and focus on EdTech & Knowledge Services, Digital Media & Services, SaaS & Information Services, Professional Services, Publishing, Healthcare, Board



Get Ready to Battle When Hiring Customer Success Talent Because it is a Red-Hot Hiring Market

Get ready to battle because it is a red-hot hiring market. Customer Success is a much buzzed about methodology that works at the intersection of customer experience and customer outcomes. READ MORE


LPA Search Supports Urban Gateways

LPA Search Partners is proud to support Urban Gateways — an amazing non-profit that provides arts education programs to so many deserving Chicago students. LPA also sponsored their 60th Birthday Bash on Jan. 27, 2021.  As executive recruiters, they have seen first hand how arts education provides skill development that is essential in later careers including creative problem solving, innovation and collaboration. To learn more about Urban Gateways and to find out more about their 60th Birthday, bash, visit https://lnkd.in/eb6P8J6.

Survey Results: Working From Home May Be Here To Stay

April 22, 2020 – Last week, we surveyed 600 senior executives and asked a few questions regarding their anticipated timeline for easing COVID-19 restrictions, contingency plans, and work from home scenarios. The results from respondents? Continue reading at the link above…

3 Ways to Take Advantage of White Space

The dramatic shift from working in an office to working remotely is taking its toll in many ways. Willa Perlman and LPA Search are talking to executives at many levels and each has expressed that, while they are doing their best to adjust to the changes and rally their teams, they are personally feeling depressed and low energy. Continue reading at link above…


Willa Perlman – Partner

Anna McCormick Kelch – Panel Role