Brigham Hill Consultancy


Brigham Hill Consultancy conducts senior-level executive searches exclusively for not-for-profit organizations. The firm’s experience base is concentrated primarily in independent schools, foundations, cultural institutions, and human service organizations, with some background in higher education, healthcare, and professional associations. In the course of the firm’s almost-20-year history and its founder’s 37 years of executive search experience, Brigham Hill has developed an extensive range of contacts. The firm has a robust proprietary database, with records on more than 20,000 nonprofit-related individuals, that we use strategically to identify and contact knowledgeable people who may be able to refer us to potential candidates and networking sources.

Our consultants follow the protocol developed almost 100 years ago in what is now known as the executive search industry. We combine the disciplined, information-based, and strategic approach of the for-profit search world with the values and governance systems of not-for-profit organizations. That is, while financial management is always important, the ultimate goal of the institution is the delivery of its mission, and the governance structure of most not-for-profits typically requires working with a range of stakeholders rather than a sole individual. In this way, the value system and aspirations of the client can be furthered through a rigorous and exhaustive process that results in clarity and resolution about the client’s leadership needs and the appointment of a new executive whose values and aspirations align with those of the client.

Completed Searches



Brigham Hill Replaces Top Leader at The Calhoun School

After conducting a nationwide search, Brigham Hill Consultancy has recruited Dr. Steven Solnick as new head of school for The Calhoun School in New York City. He succeeds Steve Nelson who is retiring after 19 years of leadership. The assignment was led by consultant Jessica McCann and Brigham Hill founder Linc Eldredge. The search committee and board of trustees

Brigham Hill Recruits Upper School Leader for National Cathedral School

Executive search firm Brigham Hill Consultancy has placed Dr. Denise M. Brown-Allen into the joint roles of associate head of school and head of the upper school at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. She succeeds Dr. Sarah Pelmas, who recently joined Winsor School in Boston as its head, an assignment also completed by Brigham Hill this past spring. The search

Vanderbloemen Search Group Recruits Head of School for Westminster Christian Academy

Executive recruiting firm Vanderbloemen Search Group has recruited Scott Davis as the new head of school for Westminster Christian Academy. Merida Brooks stepped down in June after 28 years of service to the academy as a teacher, lower school director over three campuses, founding principal of Westminster’s Lafayette Campus, instructional supervisor and, for the last nine years as head of School of

Recruiting Private School Leaders Growing Sector for Search Firms

Executive search firm Brigham Hill Consultancy has placed Dr. Sarah Pelmas as head of the Winsor School, a top 50 girls’ college prep school based in Boston. She succeeds Rachel Friis Stettler, who retired this month after 12 years of service in the position. The search was led by Brigham Hill founder Linc Eldredge and consultant Jessica