Noetic Search


Noetic Search is a national retained search and consulting firm, exclusively serving the nonprofit sector. Using a blend of research tools developed through more than 20 years of professional experience — we target and recruit the best candidate for your organization’s vision and mission.

We are a boutique firm. We don’t try to be everything to everyone. Rather, we prefer to devote ourselves to a select few clients at a time, resulting in more personalized attention — and a more efficient and successful search.

Hiring a leader is one of the most important responsibilities your organization can undertake. Noetic is committed to your success in this endeavor, providing expert guidance and counsel at every step, supported by experience-based insights.

What sets Noetic apart is our way of doing business: process based with a personal touch. You will notice the Noetic difference from our very first meeting and will appreciate the nuances throughout our working engagement.

Research, experience, insightful guidance, passion for the non-profit sector and personal attention. That’s the Noetic difference that guarantees a successful search from start to finish.

Recently Completed Searches


Noetic Search Raissa Allaire Tree House Humane Society

Noetic Search Places New Leader at Tree House Humane Society

Executive search firm Noetic Search has recruited Raissa Allaire as the new executive director of the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. Rhyan Zweifler, Noetic’s founder and president, and vice president Jane Luiso led the search. Tree House was seeking a highly experienced leader with demonstrated vision and passion for the humane and ethical treatment of animals, said Noetic

Noetic Search Recruits New Leader for Santa Barbara Humane Society

Executive search firm Noetic Search recently recruited animal welfare veteran Kerri Burns as the new executive director of the Santa Barbara Humane Society (SBHS). After leading the organization for more than a decade, Peggy Langle was fired last year after the board reportedly lost confidence in her performance. Rhyan Zweifler, Noetic’s founder and president of Noetic, and vice president

Noetic Search Seeks New Leadership for Santa Barbara and Treehouse Humane Societies

Executive search firm Noetic Search has been tapped by the Santa Barbara Humane Society in California and Tree House Humane Society in Chicago to lead their respective searches for new executive directors. Rhyan Zweifler, Noetic’s founder and president, and Jane Luiso, vice president, are leading both searches. The Santa Barbara Humane Society (SBHS) is looking for

Noetic Search places Crystal Bowyer CEO National Children’s Museum

Noetic Search Fills CEO Post for National Children’s Museum

Executive search firm Noetic Search has recruited Crystal Bowyer as the president and CEO of The National Children’s Museum (NCM). Rhyan Zweifler, president of the Chicago recruitment firm, led the assignment. In this role, Ms. Bowyer will oversee and manage all aspects of NCM’s redevelopment, design and exhibition planning as the museum prepares to reopen in Washington,

Noetic Search Lands CEO for Duke of Edinburgh Foundation

Noetic Search has recruited Elizabeth Higgins-Beard as chief executive officer of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation – USA. The organization promotes a prestigious U.K.-based personal development award for youth around the world. Rhyan Zweifler, president of the Chicago recruitment firm, led the assignment. Ms. Higgins-Beard will be responsible for leading and managing the award in the U.S. Based in Chicago, her main focus will be to scale and raise awareness


Meet Rhyan Zweifler of Noetic Search in Downtown

CHICAGO, IL, December 21, 2017 –  Rhyan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? I grew up and went to college in the Midwest. After earning my BA in Art History, I moved out to California. I enrolled in an MA program and received a degree in

Parker Welcomes New Chief Advancement Officer

CHICAGO, IL, November 10, 2017 – I am thrilled to report that Parker has successfully completed its nationwide leadership search for our next Chief Advancement Officer. Working with the executive search firm Noetic, our efforts included conducting 17 phone and in-person initial interviews, interviewing seven top candidates and hosting half-day final visits by our highly impressive finalists.