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.


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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

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

News Briefings

Shelli Herman and Associates Fills Senior Position for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has helped to recruit Megan Longo as the new senior vice president of guest experience, brand, and revenue of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. With a national search led by Shelli Herman and Associates, Ms. Longo emerged as the top choice, bringing expertise in customer-centric leadership, communications and strategic operations.

Shelli Herman and Associates Tapped by the Saint Louis Zoo to Find New CFO

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has been retained by the Saint Louis Zoo to lead in its search for a new vice president of finance and CFO. The CFO will work as a collaborative partner who is highly engaged and well-versed in managing all aspects of accounting and financial functions through others to ensure the organization’s overall

Shelli Herman and Associates Retained by the Santa Barbara Zoo to Find New CEO

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has been selected by the Santa Barbara Zoo to lead in its search for a new CEO. The CEO will be responsible for utilizing the zoo’s platform and the community’s trust to advocate for animal conservation and the protection of the planet. To succeed in this role, Shelli Herman and Associates

Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits New Leader for Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Sabarras George as director for the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park, a $230 million, 425-acre zoo expansion project that is scheduled to open to the public in 2027. He succeeds Jo-Elle Mogerman, who assumed the role of president and CEO of Philadelphia Zoo in October. “I

Press Releases

Beckman Foundation Expands Board of Directors with Appointment of Dr. Susan R. Wente, Wake Forest University President

IRVINE, Calif. (July 9, 2024) – The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation today announced its Board of Directors recently approved the appointment of a new Board member: Wake Forest University President and 1996 Beckman Young Investigator Awardee, Dr. Susan R. Wente. The appointment takes immediate effect. Dr. Wente currently serves as Wake Forest University’s 14th

Zoo Announces SVP of Guest Experience, Brand and Revenue

(Monday, Jun 24, 2024) Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is proud to announce the appointment of Megan Longo as the new Senior Vice President of Guest Experience, Brand and Revenue. This pivotal role will see Megan spearheading the development, implementation and refinement of mission-aligned strategies aimed at fostering brand loyalty through exceptional guest experience.

Sabarras George Named the Next Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park Director

(Jan. 9, 2024, St. Louis, MO) Following the completion of a national search, the Saint Louis Zoo today has named Sabarras (pronounced “sa-BEAR-us”) George its next WildCare Park Director. He will assume the role on February 5, 2024. Sabarras George, next WildCare Park Director. Photo courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society George succeeds Jo-Elle Mogerman,

Dallas Zoo Names Lisa New as CEO

DALLAS (Nov. 27, 2023) – Following a comprehensive national search for a new leader for the organization, the Dallas Zoo has named Lisa New to the role of chief executive officer, with an official start date of January 15, 2024. She will be the Zoo’s first female CEO in its 135-year history. New succeeds someone

Shelli Herman & Associates Recruits New President and CEO for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

(Aug 11, 2022) Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium recently announced Luis Padilla, DVM Dipl. ACZM, as its next President and CEO. Dr. Padilla will succeed Dennis Pate after his retirement in late 2022. Dr. Padilla is currently the Vice President of Animal Collections for the Saint Louis Zoo, where he is responsible for the overall oversight