James Abruzzo

Managing Partner

James Abruzzo serves as managing partner of the global Nonprofit Practice, based in the firm’s New York, NY office. He has more than 30 years of experience as an executive search consultant to nonprofit organizations. His clients include mid-sized to large social service organizations, universities, arts/cultural, international relief, foundations and trade associations. In addition, James is a trained management consultant and is well-known for his work in executive compensation for nonprofit executives.

James is also co-director and co-founder of The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School. This center hosts symposia and workshops for nonprofit leaders, operates a certificate program in nonprofit leadership, provides consulting to nonprofit organizations and conducts research on critical nonprofit issues. James also serves on the faculty of the Rutgers Business School.

From 1985 to 1990, James served on the graduate faculty of Columbia University and continues to lecture frequently at other major business schools in the U.S. and abroad. He is quoted frequently in industry publications like the “Chronicle of Philanthropy,” the “Nonprofit Times,” the “Art Newspaper,” and has been interviewed on “All Things Considered,” NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “One on One with Steve Adubato.”

Since 1997, James has served on the board of trustees for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Foundation and from 1998 to 2004 was the chairman of the board of Dieu Donne Paper Mill, Inc., a nonprofit, contemporary art publishing and creative visual arts organization in New York City. He also served as president of the board of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences. James holds a Masters and BA from Brooklyn College, and a MS from Queens College.

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