About Us

Established in 1984, The Hawkins Company is a management consulting firm specializing in executive recruitment. While recognized for its expertise in diversity recruiting, the firm is one of the premier minority-owned general practice executive search firms that focuses on achieving the executive level talent acquisition objectives of private, public, educational and non-profit clients with a commitment to recruiting “best in class” and diverse leadership talent.

In the early years, The Hawkins Company focused exclusively on private sector recruiting. As its reputation grew, the firm was requested to conduct searches for government agencies. Within a few years, they became nationally recognized for their ability to apply private sector search strategies to meet the talent acquisition needs of public sector clients. Today, the firm has broadened its client base to include educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

The Hawkins Company has been instrumental in assisting clients recruit and select strong and effective leaders. Included are over 700 national, regional and local executive searches for CEO’s, COO’s, CAO’s, CFO’s and other officers, directors, senior managers and professional staff. Over seventy percent (70%) of its searches are national in scope and our placement rate exceeds ninety percent (90%).  Over seventy-five percent (75%) of the firm’s placements during the past three years have been executives of color and women. The Hawkins Company’s recruitment team and national contacts allow for the successful identification and recruitment of highly qualified and diverse candidates.

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The Hawkins Company consulting team consists of professionals dedicated to excellent performance in meeting the talent acquisition needs of our clients. They have handled from routine to highly confidential and complex recruitments, with a consistent commitment to service, professionalism and positive results.

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The Hawkins Company has been instrumental in assisting clients recruit and select strong and effective leaders. Included are over 700 national, regional and local executive searches for CEO’s, COO’s, CAO’s, CFO’s and other officers, directors, senior managers and professional staff.

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News Briefings

The Hawkins Company Seeks Chief Diversity Officer for Largest City-Owned Utility in Nation

The Hawkins Company, a Los Angeles-based executive recruitment firm, has been chosen to help find a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest city-owned water and electric utility in the nation. Spearheading the assignment is executive vice president Brett Byers. The chief diversity, equity

6 Ways to Conduct an Effective Executive Job Search

In today’s dynamic and competitive job market, the elements of an effective executive-level job search are very different than what may be utilized for non-executive roles. A new report by Rob Croner, vice president of senior executive services at CCI Consulting, explores channels of activity that drive any effective professional job search. “It can be

Unemployment Rate Falls to 48-Year Low

Employers added 134,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate dipped to 3.7 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The September gain is the 95th consecutive month of job growth. The number of unemployed people fell to six million. Analysts polled by Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) forecast that the U.S. economy

10 Things to Consider When Selecting a Search Firm

Choosing an executive recruitment firm is nothing to take lightly. Recruiters, and the search firms they represent, are not all created equal. And whatever choice a company makes can have big consequences in terms of a proper working relationship between clients, recruiters, the candidates they provide and the ultimate choice for the job opening. In

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Ms. Brett Byers Appointed to Executive Vice President of The Hawkins Company

LOS ANGELES, CA, December 2017 – Brett Byers has been promoted to Executive Vice President of The Hawkins Company.  In this new role, Ms. Byers will continue to provide executive search services to The Hawkins Company clients, and will play a more crucial role in business development,  strategic planning, and leading our recruiting teams, along

Katie Lichtig Named as Assistant City Manager for the City of Santa Monica

LOS ANGELES, CA, August 2017 – After serving as the City Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo for 7.5 years, Katie Lichtig returns to the City of Santa Monica as the Assistant City Manager/Chief Operating Officer. The national search, led by The Hawkins Company, concluded with several competitive candidates, but according to Rick Cole,

William Gilchrist Appointed to Director of Planning & Building for the City of Oakland

LOST ANGELES, CA, July 2017 – Following an extensive national search by The Hawkins Company, William Gilchrist has been selected as the new Director of Planning & Building for the City of Oakland. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said, “I am excited to have William join our team at such a pivotal moment to help lead our

CA State Bar Names New Chief Trial Counsel

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 2017 – With the assistance of The Hawkins Company, a new Chief Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California has been named.  Steven Moawad, a Contra Costa county prosecutor has been appointed the positon, pending Senate confirmation. James P Fox, president of the State Bar of California, remarked, “I’m pleased