McCormack+Kristel Seeks CFO and Chief Program Officer for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

April 12, 2018 – Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to lead in its search for a chief financial officer and a chief program officer. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel are leading both assignments.

Founded in 1993, LAHSA is an independent public agency created by the city and county of Los Angeles as a Joint-Powers Authority. It is committed to ending homelessness by providing leadership, advocacy, and management of program funding. LAHSA strives to educate the public and the media on key issues related to homelessness.

Chief Financial Officer

Under the direction of the executive director, the CFO serves as LAHSA’s treasurer and auditor-controller, and is responsible for overseeing all fiscal activities and maintaining the overall integrity of fiscal data. The CFO directs all the internal fiscal operations of a complex governmental and multiple grants accounting system, according to the search firm.

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The ideal candidate would be expected to thrive in an environment where coordination and collaboration are critical to success, while exhibiting strong leadership skills and the willingness to take action as needed to achieve results. “The candidate will have the ability to read, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures; communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; evaluate information against a set of standards, and observe and evaluate the outcomes of a problem solution to identify lessons learned or redirect efforts,” said McCormack+Kristel.

Chief Program Officer

The chief program officer, a newly created position, will be responsible for a 250-person staff and for $225 million in city, county and federal funding commitments. According to the search firm, the chief program officer leads performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals for the organization.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is seeking to dramatically accelerate its capacity and growth. It wants a mission‐focused, seasoned, strategic, and process‐minded leader with experience in complex organizations and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals, said the recruitment firm.

As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of LAHSA and be driven by the mission, said McCormack+Kristel. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. Beyond that, LAHSA wants candidates with proven experience in managing within a large, complex organization and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team.

The selected candidate will be compensated at a level dependent upon qualifications and experience and will receive a comprehensive benefit package, said the search firm.


Mr. McCormack recently announced the formation of a new business partnership with Ms. Kristel, a former non-profit executive and an associate with the firm since 2013. The partnership, McCormack+Kristel, provides executive recruiting services for non-profit and philanthropic organizations. The firm’s mission is to ensure that all qualified candidates – especially gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, racial and ethnic minorities and candidates irrespective of age – are given equal opportunity for consideration.

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With companies being pressured to find leaders who can play a major role in fundraising, recruiters are scurrying to find talented candidates to satisfy the demand. Pure fundraising will need to pick up more of the burden for sustaining organizations and their missions.

“McCormack+Kristel will build upon our 23-year reputation for excellent service and continue to expand our national recruiting practice,” said Mr. McCormack. “Michelle’s experience as a non-profit leader is a great value-add for our clients. Because she has served in and managed many of the positions our clients seek to fill, she has great instincts for finding talent and making successful placements.”

McCormack+Kristel clients have included the ACLU, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Planned Parenthood, SAGE and the Tides Foundation, among others.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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