About Us

Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. provides retained executive search services to clients from a wide range of industries including fortune 500 companies and industry leading investment management firms to nonprofit organizations and top ranked colleges and universities.

By design, our work focuses at the senior or decision-maker level within the organizations we serve. We have built a deep and robust practice within higher education and the nonprofit sector resulting from a nuanced understanding of academia and the unique needs of mission-driven organizations. What unites our diverse client organizations is that they demand a nimble and adept search partner that can tailor the search process to their exact specifications and timelines. Motivated by our commitment to integrity, quality, and success, Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. provides that very partnership, attested to by the fact that approximately 95% of our searches are repeat clients or referrals.

Innovative and strategic, our knowledgeable consultants work hand in hand with clients at every stage of the search process: learning about our clients’ needs and ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion are prioritized throughout the search with the counsel of our in-house DEI consultant, defining the role by creating the position description, establishing the target market and sourcing approach, interviewing and evaluating candidates, and negotiating the offer. Our approach is uniquely transparent and time-sensitive, ensuring that our clients know the status of the search at any given time. Our mastery of new technologies and current market intelligence combines with our high-touch customer service to create a global reach that is marked by personal connection. This means that we are able to identify and cultivate candidates quickly and efficiently on an international scale, presenting a slate of professionals poised to succeed in the position.

We at Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. take pride in helping organizations thrive by matching them with executives who will help chart a path forward.

ACHIEVEMENTS

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Our knowledgeable executive search consultants, our combined decades of experience, and our innovative search process allow us to consistently achieve results for our clients. In addition, we’ve developed an extensive global network. This enables us to identify and recruit talented executives around the world. Our proprietary database contains the best potential sources and candidates across all sectors, ensuring an unparalleled network and reach. This means that we present our clients with extremely qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds. As a result, our clients hire exceptional leaders, each with a strong track record of success.

At Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc., we firmly believe that high quality work produces high quality placements. Our 98% retention rate has proven it. Our dedication to personal attention, agility, and quality is why our clients return to us repeatedly despite having other less expensive options available. We’ve seen first-hand the effect trailblazing, innovative leaders can have on organizations and helping our clients acquire such executives is what motivates us every day.

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
Industries
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Cultural Arts
  • Education
  • Investment Mgmt.
  • Non-Profit
Functions
  • CEO/President
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Invest. Mgmt./Banking
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Shelli Herman and Associates Seeking CEO for Saint Louis Zoo 

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has been called in by the Saint Louis Zoo to find its next president and CEO. Shelli Herman, president of the recruitment firm, is leading the assignment along with her associate, Krista Haley. The Saint Louis Zoo seeks the next president & CEO to lead the zoo at a time of financial and

Why Organizations are Hiring for Skills Over Experience

COVID-19 has forced companies to rapidly adapt to changing talent needs. More than 70 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment insurance from March through December last year. Now, more organizations are converting what were furloughs early in the pandemic to permanent job losses, according to a new report by McKinsey & Company. “While many companies

Global Pandemic Endows Universities With Big Challenges in the Hunt for New Leaders in 2021

Leadership roles in today’s colleges and universities have become increasingly demanding and complex. Senior academic leaders must balance the needs of numerous constituents—needs that require a cross-section of skills far beyond the traditional set of scholarly and research accomplishments. Interviews with a host of recruiters for the sector reveal the special challenges of their work.

Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits CEO for Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the placement of Jon Forrest Dohlin as the new chief executive officer of Fresno Chaffee Zoo. He becomes the organization’s eighth leader and will succeed retiring CEO Scott Barton with the transition expected to take place in early 2021. The assignment was led Shelli Herman, president, and founder

Press Releases

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Selects New CEO

(Dec. 1, 2020) Fresno Chaffee Zoo announced today that Jon Forrest Dohlin will be its new Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed retiring CEO Scott Barton with the transition expected to take place in early 2021. “We are thrilled to announce that Jon Dohlin has accepted our offer to join Fresno Chaffee Zoo as its

Volker Straebel Named Dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music and Richard Seaver Distinguished Chair in Music at California Institute of the Arts

(October 29, 2020) – Volker Straebel has been named Dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts (HASOM). An accomplished musicologist, composer, and curator with expertise in the American avant-garde, experimental music and sound art, he will assume his new position on Jan. 2, 2021. Straebel will report to CalArts Provost Tracie Costantino. As

Meredith Robbins Appointed Senior Vice President of Advancement at CalArts

(March 5, 2020) California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is pleased to announce that Meredith Robbins has been appointed Senior Vice President of Advancement. Arriving at CalArts in 2019, Robbins served as Vice President of Development and in this position worked with the Advancement team to position the Institute for sustained growth in all areas

Jan Hirsch named founding dean of planned School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

IRVINE, CA, Oct. 30, 2018 — Jan Hirsch, Ph.D. – an acclaimed researcher, pharmacist and organizational leader – has been selected as director and founding dean of the planned School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Hirsch will join UCI in January 2019 from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

KyCAD selects Moira Scott Payne as its First Dean

LOUISVILLE, KY, April 27, 2017 — The Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University (KyCAD) has selected Moira Scott Payne to be its first Dean. Scott Payne was chosen after a national search that began last fall. She will begin her new role as KyCAD’s chief academic officer on June 15 and will