About Us

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.

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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.

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Executive Search
  • Onboarding
Industries
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Cultural Arts
  • Education
  • Faith Based
  • Foundations
  • Healthcare Services
  • K-12
  • Life Sci./Healthcare
  • Non-Profit
Functions
  • CEO/President
  • Development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • Government

News Briefings

Biophysical Society Taps Sterling Martin for Executive Officer

The Biophysical Society has retained Sterling Martin Associates to help find its next executive officer. The Rockville, MD-based non-profit is seeking a senior executive leader within a scientific, professional society or other professional membership association. Leading the assignment for Sterling Martin are David S. Martin, CEO and managing partner; Leigh Beal, senior associate; and Tricia

Sterling Martin Associates Finds New Leader for COLA

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

Sterling Martin Leading Search for American Association of Law Libraries Director
Sterling Martin Search American Association of Law Libraries Director

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

Sterling Martin Associates Places CEO at National Association of County and City Health Officials
Sterling Martin Associates CEO National Association County City Health Officials

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

Press Releases

Mortgage Bankers Foundation Taps Deborah E. Dubois for President

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

William B. Coleman, PhD is Appointed Executive Officer of the American Society for Investigative Pathology

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

Mary Lue Peck Selected as Chief Executive Officer of the National Speakers Association

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.

United States Society on Dams Appoints Sharon Powers Executive Director

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

Obesity Medicine Association Names Claudia Randall, MBA, as New Executive Director

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

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