Adele Mezher

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Adele is a certified Diversity & Inclusion Recruiter with three decades of experience in the executive search industry. At Pearl Street, she manages a full portfolio of executive search and talent strategy engagements, advises clients on trends affecting recruitment and retention, and guides them through organizational change and the impact on people and culture. Clients range from global university systems and international organizations to independent schools and grassroots nonprofits at inflection points.

She has successfully completed hundreds of searches across sectors, missions, and functions during her career, ultimately building an expertise in advancement and development. Adele has distinguished herself by remaining hands-on with the work, believing it imperative to personally recruit on her client engagements so that she can directly take their opportunity to market and guide conversations with candidates who a value her career counsel. A student of human behavior, she expertly manages the pacing of the search process with highly developed instincts and emotional intelligence. Her sincere interest in people means that she engages with openness and a natural warmth that builds confidence.

The first half of Adele’s career was spent implementing strategies for media relations, new market entry, and practice expansion as head of Marketing for several multinational for profit search firms. She also carried a portfolio of CEO and VP-level searches for Fortune 500 and venture/private-equity backed technology and manufacturing clients. Responding to her own mission drive and seeking alignment with her pursuit of equity, she found herself transitioning to the nonprofit sector where she has spent the last fifteen years.

She is both a member and mentor with Women of Color in Fundraising & Philanthropy, an active supporter of the #HIREBLACK Initiative and the scholarship-granting Lebanese American Awareness Association, and a member of SHRM, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Women in Development. The proud daughter of schoolteachers, she also serves as an Instructor for Boston University’s Certificate in Fundraising Program.