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 across the country, 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

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

McCormack+Kristel and WB&B Recruit CEO for Lambda Legal

LGBTQ focused search firm McCormack+Kristel and WB&B, an executive recruitment firm focused on diversity and inclusion, have together led in the placement of Kevin Jennings as the new CEO of  New York-based Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public

Press Releases

CenterLink Announces the Appointment of Denise Spivak at CEO

(May 14, 2020) Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Today, the Board of Directors of CenterLink announced that they have appointed longtime staff member Denise Spivak as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Stacie Walls, CEO of LGBT Life Center and CenterLink Co-Chair of the Board of Directors says, “Denise has been an integral part of what makes

Lambda Legal Announces National CEO Search

(March 28, 2019) Today, Lambda Legal announced its search for the organization’s next CEO. McCormack + Kristel, the nation’s first and most experienced LGBTQ retained search firm, in collaboration with WB&B, an executive search firm focused on diversity and inclusion, will assist Lambda Legal’s Board of Directors. “Lambda Legal’s Board of Directors knows how critical

Brian Bond Named New Executive Director of PFLAG National

(Jan. 17, 2019) WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, PFLAG National—the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their families, and allies—announced that Brian Bond will join the organization as its new Executive Director, effective February 1st. Board President Kathy Godwin said, “I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the helm of

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