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 Recruits CEO for Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Luis Padilla as the new president and chief executive officer of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. He will succeed Dennis Pate after his retirement in late 2022. Dr. Padilla’s first day at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be Nov. 14. “Our challenge

Shelli Herman and Associates Assists Options for Learning with Chief Program Officer Search

After a months-long, statewide search, Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Tracy Lynch as the new chief program officer with Options for Learning in Covina, CA. Ms. Lynch joined Options for Learning more than 17 years ago and has most recently served as director of the agency’s enrichment program, where for nearly

Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits CEO for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Claudia Bonilla Keller as chief executive officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, in California. Second Harvest board chair Dave Coffaro, speaking on behalf of the board of directors, said: “Claudia is the right leader to carry the organization into the future.” Mr.

Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits CFO for Catalina Island Conservancy 

Chief financial officers continue to be in high demand. Finding them is keeping many of the nation’s top recruitment operations busier than ever. In recent months, search firms of all varieties have placed CFOs at various companies. And there is no let-up in sight. Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Charmian

Press Releases

Shelli Herman & Associates Aides Options for Learning in CPO Search

(March 2022) Executive search firm Shelli Herman & Associates partnered with OPTIONS FOR LEARNING in helping them place Tracy Lynch as their new chief program officer. In this newly created role, Ms. Lynch will be responsible for overseeing all the agency’s programs, including seven center-based programs and the childcare services division. “I am excited to

Second Harvest Announces New CEO

(Dec. 9, 2021) Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County today announced the promotion of Claudia Bonilla Keller to chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2022. Keller has served as chief mission officer since January 2020. As the daughter of immigrants who is bilingual, she becomes the food bank’s second female CEO to hold the

Dwight Scott Named the Next Dana Brown President & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo

(Oct. 5, 2021) The Saint Louis Zoo has named Dwight Scott its next Dana Brown President & CEO, succeeding Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., who will retire from that position at the end of the year after leading the organization for nearly two decades. Scott will assume the position on January 3, 2022. Dr. Bonner will

Shelli Herman and Associates Aides Laguna College of Art + Design in President Search

(Aug. 23, 2021) Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) announced the appointment of Steven J. Brittan as the 14th president of its 60-year-old institution. Shelli Herman and Associates assisted LCAD on the placement. Brittan brings with him more than 30 years of leadership and experience in art and design, within academia, government and corporate

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