BoardWalk Consulting


BoardWalk Consulting is a national executive search firm that specializes in recruiting CEOs and senior leaders for nonprofits and foundations. We are seasoned practitioners who have served as nonprofit executives, grant makers and Board leaders for a wide variety of organizations. Nonprofit leadership is our passion and life’s work. BoardWalk delivers on its promise: Finding leaders that matter for missions that matter.® 

BoardWalk has led over 200 searches for over 110 distinct clients in 27 states. Our nonprofit clients are national, regional and local. They have missions that are global, or national, regional or place-based. Their diversity spans mission, size, culture, challenges and aspirations. In each unique context, BoardWalk’s proactive, comprehensive, client-centered approach delivers leaders who exceed expectations, from the start and over the long haul.

BoardWalk Consulting was founded in 2002 by Sam Pettway, a 30-year search veteran and former partner of global search firms including Spencer Stuart and Egon Zehnder. Realizing that his passion was serving organizations that exist to do good, Sam launched the firm and attracted other leaders whose background, passion and commitment enable BoardWalk to deliver on its promise of Finding leaders that matter for missions that matter.®

In partnership with our clients, we recruit leaders who possess the skills, experience, fit and passion essential to advancing their organization’s mission, aspirations and goals.



BoardWalk Consulting Tapped to Find New Leaders for Year Up

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

BoardWalk Consulting Recruits CEO to Top Human Rights Leadership Post

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has just selected civil rights litigator and advocate Vanita Gupta to assume its senior leadership post. Crystal Stephens, a director at executive search firm BoardWalk Consulting, led the assignment. Ms. Gupta will hold the titles of president and CEO of both The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and

The High Cost of Picking a Wrong Leader

Selecting a CEO is arguably one of the most vital decisions a board makes. Companies that choose the wrong leader can suffer hits to their stock price and market capitalization and lose in a variety of areas — momentum, opportunities, reputation, customer goodwill and, perhaps most importantly, trust within the organization, which can take years

BoardWalk Consulting Leading Executive Director Search for Jane Goodall Institute

Executive search firm BoardWalk Consulting has been retained by The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to lead its search for a new executive director. Managing director Kathy Bremer is leading the assignment. The executive director incumbent will foster a culture of excellence in which JGI and Dr. Goodall’s vision, values and work manifest at the most impactful


Kanuga Conferences Appoints Organization’s 10th President

ATLANTA, GA, September 3, 2016 — Kanuga Conferences has appointed the Rev. Michael Radford Sullivan as president effective early November. Most recently, Sullivan served as rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Parish in Atlanta, where he has been since 2009. Sullivan brought stability to finances of the 2,500-member parish and has extensive strategic planning and fundraising experience, including a

Former US Congressman Ben Chandler Named President and CEO of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, KY, July 18, 2016 — The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Board of Directors unanimously selected Ben Chandler as the new president and CEO of the Foundation, effective in September. Chandler is currently the Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council but is most notably recognized for his work as Kentucky U.S. Congressman from the 6th Congressional