Sterling Martin Associates (SMA) is a national executive search firm founded in 2006 by CEO and Managing Partner, David Martin. SMA has since grown to four offices with seventeen staff located in Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco, CA, and Orange County, CA.
Sterling Martin specializes in working with associations and nonprofit organizations on senior-level executive searches. Eighty-five percent (85%) of our searches are for CEO/Executive Director level with the balance being for senior staff. SMA offers national reach and scope while providing a superior quality of service in a cost-effective manner. Our partners and consultants bring association, nonprofit and for-profit management experience to each our client engagements. Our team also serves as volunteers for a wide range of nonprofit governing boards.
This combination of hands-on executive experience, executive search expertise, governance, and corporate experience provide a deep understanding of the issues and challenges faced in recruiting senior executives. Because of our staff’s prior search experience working with such global firms as Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest search firm, our clients get the best of both worlds, that is, big firm experience in an innovative, mid-size search firm package.
To stay abreast of the latest thinking and best practices in nonprofit management, we regularly pursue professional development through industry events and leadership development meetings such as the American Society of Association Executives, Independent Sector, BoardSource®, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Through our ongoing search work, attendance at industry forums, and continued research, Sterling Martin has built a formidable network of contacts throughout the United States.
We are pleased to present the Sterling Martin team.
The team works closely with our clients to ensure we understand your needs, and to help identify and recruit the best candidates for your open positions.
Following a national search conducted by Sterling Martin Associates, Nancy Stratton has been named the new CEO of COLA, the leading accreditation provider for clinical laboratories. She succeeds Doug Beigel, who recently retired after more than 29 years with the organization. “In Nancy, our organization gains a leader with an unmatched breadth of experience in the clinical
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Chicago has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for its next executive director. CEO and managing partner David Martin is leading the assignment along with senior associate Leigh Beal. “This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled executive who has experience in a leadership role for
Following a national search conducted by Sterling Martin Associates, the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) selected Lori Tremmel Freeman to be its next chief executive officer. Prior to joining NACCHO, Ms. Freeman served for four years as CEO of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, where she
The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector grew by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 12, 2018 – Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the Mortgage Bankers Association Opens Doors Foundation (ODF) has appointed Deborah E. Dubois as its President. Dubois has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, including her most recent position as Chief Development Officer at the Center for Public
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2018 – Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) has appointed William Coleman, PhD as ASIP’s Executive Officer. He will succeed Mark E. Sobel, MD, PhD on February 1, 2018. Sobel has served as ASIP’s Executive Officer since 2001. Dr. Coleman
WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2017 – Following a national search conducted by Sterling Martin Associates, the National Speakers Association (Tempe, AZ) has selected Mary Lue Peck as Chief Executive Officer. Mary Lue will assume her new role in early January. Mary Lue comes to NSA from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), also based in Tempe.
WASHINGTON, DC, October 30, 2017 – Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, Denver-based United States Society on Dams has announced that Sharon Powers will be the Society’s next Executive Director. Her appointment is effective October 30, 2017. Powers brings a wealth of experience, having most recently served as Director of Administration for
WASHINGTON, DC, October 23, 2017 — Following a national search conducted by the Sterling Martin Associates team, Denver-based Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) has named Claudia Randall, MBA as OMA’s new Executive Director, effective October 23, 2017. Randall has two decades of experience in the health care and nonprofit industry. She has contributed to the growth of