About Us

McCormack+Kristel is a national provider of executive search consulting services for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Established in 1993, as McCormack & Associates, by veteran search consultant Joseph A. McCormack, the firm was among the first national search practices to specialize in diversity recruiting.

In 2013, Michelle Kristel joined the firm following a career in nonprofit leadership. The McCormack+Kristel partnership offers clients the complementary benefits of Joe’s seasoned recruiting expertise and Michelle’s nonprofit executive experience.

With offices in California, New York, and Texas, the firm serves a broad spectrum of public health, human services, advocacy and social justice organizations.


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To make a difference as executive search consultants by ensuring that all qualified candidates — especially gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, racial and ethnic minorities and candidates irrespective of age — are given equal opportunity for consideration by our clients and treated with respect and dignity.

To support, encourage and nurture those in need, including people with HIV/AIDS whose improving health enables them to return to work.

To offer hope, inspiration, compassion and practical assistance to those willing and able to make a contribution.

To afford opportunities for our associates to learn and grown personally and professionally.

To encourage every individual to achieve his or her potential as a person and as a member of the team. To strive for continuous quality improvement and to use our setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth. To identify outstanding leaders for our clients and to find self-expression in our work through the pursuit of excellence and by making the world a better place.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Board Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Onboarding
  • Foundations
  • Non-Profit
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • GM/Operations
  • Medical/Clinical

News Briefings

McCormack+Kristel Seeks Executive Director for Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

LGBTQ-focused executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been enlisted to find a new executive director for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) in New York City. Astraea works exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. The charitable foundation supports grantee partners in the U.S and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. Interim executive director

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach Taps McCormack+Kristel to Find New Leader

LGBTQ-focused search firm McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the LGBTQ Center Long Beach to lead its search for a new executive director. Founding partner Joseph McCormack is spearheading the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice. The executive director provides executive leadership, vision, motivation, inspiration and direction to the organization’s staff and volunteers. Reporting to a nine-member board of

McCormack+Kristel Seeks Executive Director for the Attic Youth Center

LGBTQ focused search firm McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia to lead its search for a new executive director. The executive director will provide strategic leadership to advance the agency’s vision, mission, goals and objectives. Reporting to a nine-member board of directors, comprised of prominent Philadelphia business and community leaders, this executive is responsible

McCormack+Kristel Seeks CFO for The Midnight Mission

CFOs continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. Recently, non–profit and philanthropic organization-focused search firm McCormack+Kristel was retained by The Midnight Mission (TMM), a comprehensive homeless shelter and homeless services provider, to lead its search for a new CFO.   The CFO provides executive financial leadership and direction to maintain the

Press Releases

Announcing TransForm’s New Leader

This is a joint announcement from the Co-Chairs of TransForm’s Board of Directors, Alice Chen and Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz. (Oct. 21, 2020) We are so excited to announce that after a thorough and competitive search, TransForm will welcome Darnell Grisby as our new Executive Director beginning October 26. Darnell spent the last nine years as Director

Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Welcomes New Medical Advisor, Stephanie Graff, MD

(Oct. 16, 2020) Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research is thrilled to announce the appointment of a new Medical Advisor joining the Foundation’s team this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Joining is Stephanie Graff, MD, an accomplished physician who is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Graff has a

Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Welcomes New Medical Advisor, Lina Romero, MD

(Oct. 16, 2020) Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research is pleased to announce the appointment of a new medical advisor joining the Foundation’s team this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lina Romero, MD, is a dedicated and collaborative oncoplastic breast surgeon and leader with extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, and medical educator.

Linda McFarlane Appointed as the Next Executive Director of Just Detention International

(Sept. 15, 2020) Linda McFarlane, a veteran advocate and JDI’s longtime Deputy Executive Director, will take over next month as the organization’s new Executive Director. McFarlane brings to the role her extensive experience leading JDI’s pathbreaking initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual abuse inside detention facilities, and her expertise from more than three decades

SAAF’s Next CEO: Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah Named Next Chief Executive Officer of SAAF

(June 25, 2020) The SAAF Board of Directors is pleased to share with you that Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah has been selected and hired to be the next Chief Executive Officer for SAAF. Our search firm reached out to hundreds of candidates nationwide, and received fifty-four applications; six candidates proceeded to interviews. Ravi distinguished himself from