Hawkins Company


Established in 1984, The Hawkins Company is a management consulting firm specializing in executive recruitment. While recognized for our expertise in diversity recruiting, we are 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 our reputation grew, we were requested to conduct searches for government agencies. Within a few years, we became nationally recognized for our ability to apply private sector search strategies to meet the talent acquisition needs of public sector clients. Today, we have broadened our 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 our 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.


The Hawkins Company’s mission is to partner with our clients to deliver the highest quality of talent management services. In accordance with our core values, we use a proactive approach that is innovative, comprehensive, timely, and solution-driven.


The Hawkins Company is committed to:

High Professional Standards & Integrity
Service Quality & Innovation
Partnering & Collaboration
Diversity, Equity  & Inclusion



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The Hawkins Company Appoints EVP

Recruiters in the search industry continue to climb the ladder within their respective firms. The latest: Los Angeles-based executive search firm The Hawkins Company has promoted Brett Byers to executive vice president. She will continue to provide executive search services to clients in the corporate, government, non-profits and education sectors. “Brett is a proven leader


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