Lindauer Appoints Leader of the Independent School Practice

April 24, 2024 – 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.”

“Sullivan’s record of optimizing development teams aligns with Lindauer’s mission of empowering organizations to harness their philanthropic potential, strengthen their cultures, and serve their communities,” the firm said. “With renowned expertise and extensive networks across a range of nonprofits, Sullivan will lead Lindauer’s Independent Schools Practice as one of her responsibilities. Her leadership supports the firm’s expansion of talent services for educational partners around the globe.”

Ms. Sullivan joins Lindauer from Graham-Pelton, a fundraising consulting firm for non-profit organizations, where she served as chief client services officer. In this role, she steered the firm’s approach to providing clients with the knowledge, expertise, and resources that power their philanthropy. Advising on board and leadership engagement, campaign planning, and campaign management, Ms. Sullivan positioned her nonprofit clients to operationalize their values and realize their aspirations. Her professional background also includes leadership roles at The Pingry School, Delbarton School, and Syracuse University.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jackie to Lindauer,” said Libby Roberts, executive vice president. “Her ability to translate strategy into execution has elevated the work of an impressive roster of client partners. As a senior leader with Lindauer, she will amplify our team-building capabilities while opening exciting new opportunities for delivering talent solutions that make a real, tangible difference for nonprofit organizations and the people who rely on them.”

“I am honored to join Lindauer and to extend its industry-leading executive recruitment and talent services even further into the nonprofit community,” said Ms. Sullivan. “I look forward to collaborating with the talented team at Lindauer to build on existing partnerships and provide exceptional service to our clients.”

Growing Higher Education Practice

Last month, 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.”

Related: Lindauer Places VP for Inclusive Excellence in Philanthropy for University of Cincinnati Foundation

“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 Announces Equity Partners
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.”

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.

Related: Lindauer Assists Pacifica Graduate Institute in Recruitment of a New CEO

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

Share This Article


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments