McCormack+Kristel Recruits CFO for the Los Angeles LGBT Center

May 13, 2024 – McCormack+Kristel recently helped to recruit Robyn Goldman as the new CFO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which fights to advance civil rights and freedoms for LGBTQ people domestically and internationally through education, advocacy, and community organizing. Michelle Kristel led the assignment. “Join us in congratulating Robyn Goldman on her new role as the chief financial officer of the Los Angeles LGBT Center,” McCormack+Kristel said. “In this role, Robyn will serve as a strategic finance leader to create a sustainable future for an organization that provides services for more LGBTQ+ people than any other organization in the world. Congratulations, Robyn!”

Ms. Goldman has more than 30 years experience at for-profit and non-profit businesses. She previously spent over 13 years with APLA Health & Wellness, most recently serving as their CFO and before that holding the chief operating officer position. Prior to this, Ms. Goldman served as COO and CFO for Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Before that, she was executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montgomery County. Earlier in her career, Ms. Goldman held senior roles with Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, The Big Picture Company, VisABILITY of Colorado, and WHYY, Inc.

McCormack+Kristel also recently assisted in the recruitment of Carlo Giovanni as the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new chief people officer. With over 15 years of experience in human resources and organizational development, Mr. Giovanni is a senior executive professional who leads and manages organizational change, with an emphasis on developing culture, streamlining operations and business processes, and building the internal capacity of managers and supervisors to mentor and lead their teams.

Mr. Giovanni most recently served as vice president of people and culture for Southern California Public Radio. In this role, he led and managed organizational change, with an emphasis on developing culture, streamlining operations and business processes, building the internal capacity of managers and supervisors to mentor and lead their teams, and improving overall organizational effectiveness.

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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today, the non-profit is the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people. “We’re also a fun, inspiring, and rewarding place to work, with 500-plus staff and hundreds of volunteers united by a common goal to make the world a better place for LGBT people,” said the organization.

Diversity-Focused Search Consultants

McCormack+Kristel was started in 1993 as McCormack & Associates with the mission of recruiting senior leadership for the many research, advocacy and human services organizations growing exponentially in response to AIDS pandemic. Diversity recruiting has long been on the firm’s agenda.

With the advent of effective treatments for HIV/AIDS, and the diminishing needs of many of these organizations, the firm broadened its client base into areas like social justice; healthcare; women’s issues; higher education; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender; civil rights; and more.

Four years ago, founding partner Joseph A. McCormack formed a new business partnership with Ms. Kristel, who joined the firm in 2013 as an associate. The firm has offices in New York City and Palm Springs, CA. McCormack+Kristel clients have included ACLU, AIDS United, Amnesty International, the California Endowment, Compassion & Choices, the Dr. Susan Love Foundation, Just Detention International, the Lili’uokalani Trust, Los Angeles LGBT Center, NRDC, Tides, YWCA, and numerous other progressive organizations, as well as colleges and universities including the Claremont Colleges, Kalamazoo College, Roosevelt University, Southern Methodist University, UCLA, and Washington State University.

Last year, Mr. McCormack retired. Ms. Kristen continues to run the firm’s national practice. Ms. Kristel is the former executive director of In The Life Media (ITLM), a non-profit organization producing social change media to raise awareness of issues related to gender, HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights.

“Founding and running our firm has been the most important work of my career,” said Mr. McCormack. “During the past 29 years, I have been fortunate to work with outstanding organizations and help them build management teams that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. I am very proud to have helped so many leaders realize their dreams, and I am fully confident that Michelle and our growing team will take McCormack + Kristel to new levels of success and impact in the decades ahead.”

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

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