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 and New York, 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

Solutions
  • Board Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Onboarding
Industries
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Cultural Arts
  • Education
  • Foundations
  • K-12
  • Non-Profit
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • GM/Operations
  • Medical/Clinical

News Briefings

McCormack+Kristel Leading CEO Search for the San Diego LGBT Community Center

Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Delores Jacobs is stepping down from the role after 17 years. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel are leading the assignment. The San Diego LGBT Community Center is one

McCormack+Kristel Seeks CFO and Chief Program Officer for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to lead in its search for a chief financial officer and a chief program officer. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel are leading both assignments. Founded in 1993, LAHSA is an independent public agency created by the city and county of

McCormack+Kristel Place CEO at New York’s Bailey House
McCormack + Kristel Place Daniel Tietz CEO Bailey House

Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has placed Daniel Tietz as the CEO of Bailey House, an HIV/AIDS housing program in New York. He succeeds long-time CEO Gina Quattrochi, who died last year. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel led the assignment. The organization wanted an entrepreneurial executive with healthcare and housing expertise. The incoming executive needed to have

McCormack + Kristel Finds New Leader for PFLAG National
McCormack + Kristel placed Jaime M. Grantas executive director PFLAG National

Executive search firm McCormack + Kristel has placed Jaime M. Grant, Ph.D. as the executive director of PFLAG National, the nation’s largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ). Dr. Grant, a longtime social-justice leader and innovator, assumes leadership of an organization with over 200,000 members and

Press Releases

Out for Undergrad Announces Dr. Cindi Love New Executive Director

NEW YORK, NY, November 16, 2017 – Out for Undergrad (O4U) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Cindi Love as its new Executive Director effective January 2, 2018. McCormack+Kristal conducted the nationwide search for O4U, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to helping high-potential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) undergraduates achieve success in their careers. O4U currently

McCormack + Kristel Recruits Leaders for Impact Organizations

PALM SPRINGS, CA, October 3, 2017 –  Continuing its 24-year record of successful executive placements, McCormack+Kristel recently recruited new chief executives for PFLAG National and New York’s Bailey House, and launched a CEO search for The San Diego LGBT Community Center. PFLAG National recently appointed Dr. Jaime Grant as their new Executive Director. Founded in

PFLAG National Names Dr. Jaime M. Grant as New Executive Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 12, 2017 – PFLAG National—the nation’s largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—named Jaime M. Grant, Ph. D. as its new Executive Director. Dr. Grant, a longtime social-justice leader and innovator, assumes leadership of an organization, founded in 1972, with over

Center CEO Search Enters Next Phase With Appointment of Search With Committee and Selection of Professional Search Firm

SAN DIEGO, CA, June, 2017 – The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Delores Jacobs, announced that she would complete the term of her current contract, which expires at the end of June 2018, but would not sign a new contract. Since that time, Dr. Jacobs and The Center’s Board of Directors

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