Lindauer Appoints Co-Leader of Advocacy, Policy, and Social Enterprise Practice

May 20, 2024 – Lindauer has appointed Bob Giannino as senior vice president and co-leader of its advocacy, policy, and social enterprise practice. “Bob has made a transformative difference at the highest levels of nonprofit leadership by identifying opportunities for impact, making bold plans, and bringing people together to find common cause for the common good,” said Deb Taft, CEO. “Through his visionary leadership of organizations and his indispensable engagement on boards, Bob ensures stakeholders are working in unison toward significant long-term goals. Drawing on this experience in his new role as a senior leader with Lindauer, Bob will reach across sectors and organizations to provide strategic counsel to clients engaged in addressing the most urgent challenges in the country and around the world.”

“As a non-profit leader, Bob has not only catalyzed forward momentum for critically important causes—he’s also connected the dots between people, ideas, and opportunities to bring about significant improvements for the communities he has served,” said Libby Roberts. executive vice president and managing director. “He will provide strategic and actionable guidance for our clients, translating their goals into talent solutions that elevate missions and ensure success.”

With decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, Mr. Giannino has had a transformational impact in advancing opportunity, access, and equity. He will join Lindauer in July 2024 from the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, where he has provided the leadership and strategic direction that drives the organization toward creating greater opportunity, access, and equity for all in Eastern Massachusetts.

Under Mr. Giannino’s leadership, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay launched a new impact strategy in an unprecedented effort to empower over 100 partner organizations to eradicate the root causes of poverty and economic injustice. “The ambitious multi-million-dollar grant initiative is an illustration of the big-picture thinking, strategic vision, and trust-building stakeholder engagement that has enabled Giannino to achieve long-lasting results throughout his career in nonprofit leadership and advocacy,” Lindauer notes.

Prior to the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Mr. Giannino was CEO of uAspire, a non-profit organization committed to ensuring all young people have the resources to achieve their dreams in higher education. He has also served on the boards of several organizations, including Root Cause,, and Basta.

“For more than 25 years, Lindauer has shaped generations of leaders and left an indelible imprint on the nonprofit world,” said Mr. Giannino. “In that time, I have watched Lindauer grow, expand, and evolve to meet the needs of organizations in a variety of sectors, while remaining steadfast in its commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in the industry. I am honored to join the Lindauer team and contribute to making an impact across the nonprofit world.”

Growing Higher Education Practice

In March, Lindauer named Paula Fazli as senior vice president. She also serves as co-leader of the firm’s higher education practice along with Faith Montgomery and will expand its executive recruitment, talent management, and consulting services. “Throughout her respected career in executive search, Paula has helped some of the most prestigious institutions in the country navigate periods of change and bring in leaders who shape future generations,” said Ms. Taft. “Her commitment to serving as a trusted client partner in every aspect of an executive search aligns strongly with Lindauer’s own philosophy.”

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“Our shared values, overlapping client rosters, and combined networks create energizing opportunities to deepen and expand the services Lindauer offers institutions in higher education and across the nonprofit landscape,” Ms. Taft said. “I am thrilled to welcome Paula as a senior leader of our firm.”

Lindauer Appoints Leader of the Independent School Practice
Lindauer has named Jackie Sullivan as senior vice president and leader of the independent school practice. “Jackie consistently drives client success by providing strategic counsel that is equally focused on tactical implementation and big-picture visionary thinking,” said Deb Taft, CEO of Lindauer. “By tuning her approach to the ambitious goals of her clients, she has earned the trust of organizations engaged in the most urgent causes in the world. Jackie has a wide skill set and a depth of experience that will enhance the services Lindauer provides institutions in the independent school community and beyond.”

As co-founder of Sage Search Partners, Ms. Fazli has partnered with hundreds of higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and foundations to recruit individuals for a variety of leadership positions, from provosts, deans, and department chairs to senior leaders in human resources, finance, diversity and inclusion, academic affairs, student affairs, research administration, educational development, and enrollment management.

Lindauer serves higher and secondary education, hospitals, academic research centers, think tanks, research facilities, and foundations, as well as advocacy, public service, social justice and other mission-driven non-profits. The firm has led searches for the Boston YMCA, Center for Applied Special Technology, Healthy Minds Innovations/Center for Healthy Minds, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Cockrell School of Engineering, among others.

Ms. Taft leads Lindauer with over 25 years of executive and senior-level experience across the non-profit sector, from education to healthcare/academic medicine to the youth service and voluntary sectors. Her expertise includes governance, strategic planning, fundraising, program and staff management, strategic marketing, analytics, and constituent engagement, as well as talent recruitment, retention, and development.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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