About Us

Empowering Causes Through the Power of People
“Empowering causes through the power of people” is not just a slogan we put on our website. It is a promise we strive to deliver every day. When you partner with us, your search becomes our search. We take ownership of it and do not rest until you have the right person in place to help your organization flourish.

What Drives You Drives Us
Peña Search focuses on the placement of leaders in mission-driven organizations. We are passionate about contributing to your work, and we want to help you thrive.

We understand how important culture, environment and goals are to your success. So we apply a hands-on approach to obtain in-depth knowledge of your organization and every candidate we consider for your position.

We Know Nonprofits
Our expertise in nonprofits is not just from conducting searches. We have spent years working, volunteering and serving in leadership positions for a variety of nonprofits.

We understand the challenges you face and the opportunities you can seize. We know the issues you face and the dreams you aspire to. We have been in your shoes many times. And we will walk with you, every step, to get you where you want to be.

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The organizations that Peña Search serves are more than organizations. They are catalysts for important causes—causes that support communities, champion those in need, and broaden our collective consciousness.

We believe that putting the right people in leadership positions is key for these organizations to flourish. And that’s what we’ve done since Peña Search was founded by Holly and Carlos Peña in 2009. For over ten years, we have worked with nonprofits across the country—from Tampa to Dallas to Chicago to San Francisco—to find candidates that have passion both for their work and their communities. As a woman- and minority-owned business, we are deeply committed to diversity in our placements and work to find candidates who are both a match to the position as well as the culture of the organization they will join.

We’d love to help your organization take its next steps—one person at a time.

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We Know Nonprofits
Our expertise in nonprofits is not just from conducting searches. We have spent years working, volunteering and serving in leadership positions for a variety of nonprofits.

We understand the challenges you face and the opportunities you can seize. We know the issues you face and the dreams you aspire to. We have been in your shoes many times. And we will walk with you, every step, to get you where you want to be.

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News Briefings

Peña Search Seeks New Executive Director for Leadership ISD

During a time of tremendous societal transformation, not-for-profit organizations provide support and stability for individuals and their communities.  Executive recruiters say today’s not-for-profits face a growing need for exceptional leaders. Carlos González Peña and Travis Hillier of Peña Search were recently called in to find a new executive director for Leadership ISD (LISD) in Dallas. Since its inception,

How HR Can Help Build the Organization of the Future  

The pandemic has created profound and immediate changes to how societies operate and how individuals interact and work. McKinsey & Company recently spoke with 350 HR leaders about the role of uncertainty in their function. They said that over the next two years they wanted to prioritize initiatives that strengthen their organizations’ ability to drive change in