August 8, 2023 – Lindauer has announced that vice presidents Maureen Huminik and Faith Montgomery have become equity partners in the firm. They join CEO Deb Taft, senior executive vice president Jill Lasman, and executive vice president Elizabeth Roberts as equity-holding members on the firm’s senior management team and, along with SVP Devin O’Leary, serve as managing directors of Lindauer. “As respected experts in non-profit leadership and executive talent, Maureen and Faith bring a breadth of knowledge, experience, and passion to Lindauer’s mission of connecting the world’s leading non-profit organizations with transformational leaders,” said Ms. Taft. “They both worked closely with Jill Lasman and company founder Lois L. Lindauer to shape the firm’s search approach in its first two decades. How fortunate we are that they will help lead Lindauer forward as we continue to expand markets and support our client partners in their enormously consequential cause-related work.”
Founded in 1997 as Lois L Lindauer Searches LLC, the firm underwent a transition in ownership and leadership between 2016 and 2018. Ms. Taft was appointed COO in 2016 and CEO in 2017 and subsequently led the firm through a sale transaction in 2018. In November of 2018, management team members stepped up as equity investors to lead the successor company, incorporated in Massachusetts with the support of respected private equity firm Gemini Investors.
The firm rebranded as Lindauer in 2019, broadening its service lines and expanding its national and global market reach. The company today has grown beyond its core in fundraising search to a broad range of C-suite roles. The firm serves retained executive search and talent clients on five continents.
Ms. Huminik co-leads Lindauer’s healthcare and academic medicine practice and its advocacy, policy, and social enterprise practice. “Building on a professional network and understanding of non-profits in all stages of growth, she is known for identifying leaders suited to organizations’ evolving ambitions, challenges, and opportunities,” the firm said. Her healthcare clients include City of Hope, Cleveland Clinic, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Mayo Clinic, Moffitt Cancer Center, and University of Tennessee Health Science Center, while her work in higher education includes Arizona State University, Binghamton University, DePauw University, New York University, and University of Massachusetts. Ms. Huminik has also worked with organizations and missions as diverse as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Catholic Charities, JDRF, YMCA, and YWCA. Prior to joining Lindauer in 2005, she held senior positions in Boston healthcare and social service organizations, including Newton-Wellesley Hospital, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The Next Era
“Having worked with founder Lois Lindauer for more than a decade to shape our reputation as a trusted search partner, I’m energized to lead forward in the company’s next era,” said Ms. Huminik. “Bringing our expertise to longtime clients is always an honor, as is helping new clients understand what’s possible with talent that matches their aspirations.”
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Ms. Montgomery brings a background in leadership-level fundraising and marketing as well as in building and managing teams. She co-leads the firm’s higher education and K-12 practice areas and leads executive searches and talent management for client partners across a broad spectrum of education, healthcare, arts, social justice, and policy arenas. Ms. Montgomery has conducted executive-level searches for organizations such as the Executive Leadership Council, Cooperative Economic Empowerment Movement, Measures for Justice, and Eastern Bank Foundation, as well as health leaders Boston Children’s Hospital, Duke Health, MD Anderson, and Fenway Health. Her education clients include Howard University, Xavier, Rice University, University of Southern California, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, and numerous units across the University of Texas, as well as many K-12 partners such as The Lovett School Durham Academy, Harvard Westlake, Polytechnic School, Phillips Andover, Sidwell Friends, and St. Paul’s School.
Lindauer Assists Pacifica Graduate Institute in Recruitment of a New CEO
Boston-based Lindauer has assisted in the recruitment of Leonie Mattison as president and CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute, a graduate school in Santa Barbara, CA, specializing in depth psychology. She becomes the first black director of the school. Deb Taft and Tensie Taylor led the assignment. “After extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and a unanimous board vote, we are confident Dr. Mattison is the best leader for Pacifica’s future and we welcome her to the Pacifica community,” said Thyonne Gordon, chair of the board of trustees.
Prior to joining Lindauer in 2014, Ms. Montgomery held senior leadership positions across the non-profit sector. She currently serves on the national board of the African American Development Officer’s Network, the Boston Chapter Board of Jack and Jill, and is a member of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC), and The Giving Institute.
“As a national and now global leader in executive search—and in inclusive hiring—for the non-profit arena, Lindauer carries a critical responsibility to the entire sector,” said Ms. Montgomery. “Diversity in leadership means greater depth and breadth of experience and perspective, and as a black woman in this space, I know we are called to set standards that others will follow.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media