McDermott & Bull Finds CEO for UCP of Orange County

McDermott & Bull Ramin Baschshi CEO UCP Orange County

January 22, 2018 – The non-profit sector has gained economic strength in recent years, making it the third largest employer in the country. Nearly two million not-for-profits employ 10.7 million people and produce $1.9 trillion in revenue. In the past decade, employment in the sector has grown by 17 percent. With demand for non-profit talent at an all-time high, search firms have no shortage of work looking for candidates.

In one recent example, Irvine, CA-based search firm McDermott & Bull placed Ramin Baschshi as president and CEO of UCP of Orange County (UCP-OC), which provides services for children with developmental disabilities. The search was conducted by managing partner Chris Bull, associate consultant Anne Terry and recruiting associate Amanda Lange.

“With her medical and hospital administration experience, unstoppable drive and most importantly, her incredible passion for those who live with disabilities, we are certain Ramin will do incredible things for the future growth of this organization,” said Mr. Bull.

Prior to joining UCP-OC, Ms. Baschshi served as chief operating officer with Make-A-Wish, Los Angeles. There, she oversaw programming, finance and community engagements, as well as all operations including fundraising and marketing. Over the course of her seven-year tenure, she implemented a significant brand presence across 62 chapters throughout the U.S. Ms. Baschshi previously served as vice president of physician and strategic operations at St. Mary Medical Center and Operations Analyst at Mission Hospital.

The Right Background

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ramin’s background and experience join UCP-OC,” said James Corbett, chairman of the board. “Her medical training connects to the lives and needs of our families and their children, her strategic leadership experience provides great insight into program development to serve families, and her fundraising experience at Make-a-Wish allows her to bring strong philanthropic management experience to our organization.”


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Ms. Baschshi said she was excited about the possibilities of her new role. “I am humbled and honored to be representing an organization that ensures a child’s true potential while strengthening the family unit,” she said. “My commitment is to enhance and create opportunities for UCP-OC to become a premier charity in our community, while increasing referrals and support services.”

Founded in 1953, UCP of Orange County provides comprehensive services to more than 5,300 children and families affected by developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and developmental delay.

Experienced Recruiters

McDermott & Bull was founded in 2001. It is the 29th largest executive search firm in the Americas, where it serves clients in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, biotech & life sciences, retail and professional services sectors. Since the advent of MB Interim Leaders in 2011, McDermott & Bull has served both the permanent and interim needs of its clients.


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Mr. Bull is a co-founder of the firm. In addition to leading a team of executive search consultants, he has built his own executive search practice catering to a variety of clients, including Experian, First American Financial, Fluidmaster, Kelley Blue Book, SC Fuels, Thomas James Capital Homes, Trojan Battery, Union Bank and Vizio, among others.

Ms. Terry works closely with Mr. Bull assisting in business development, marketing strategy and research. She has over three decades of experience in a diversity of roles, including manufacturing sales, corporate volunteer recruiting, corporate management, corporate training, director of corporate events, global leadership conference emcee and leadership workshop presenter.

Ms. Lange partners with the principal consultants on executive level searches. Her previous professional experience includes roles at UCI Medical Center, where she oversaw the onboarding program, and Orlando Health in Florida, where she was an HR consultant.

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

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