"The United Way of San Diego County hired Pat Libby to lead our executive search process for a new CEO. The energy and commitment she bought to the process helped us focus in on what we needed in a candidate. She was able to deliver a large number of diverse types of quality applicants. The result was a candidate with great knowledge of the San Diego community which is a fantastic asset to the United Way."
Tony R. Russell
Search Committee Chair, United Way of San Diego County
Executive Search for your Nonprofit
Finding the right executive leadership is the most important decision a nonprofit will make during its lifetime.
Since 1995, Pat has used her proprietary search process to help decision-makers determine the characteristics of their ideal leader and to identify the right hire.
Her nation-wide executive search work has been noted for being collaborative and inclusive. She recognizes the role the board must have in selecting the leader of an organization and also understands how vital it is to respect and incorporate the views of senior management into this important decision.
"Pat’s thoughtful approach to our COO search not only delivered a cadre of strong candidates but also helped us to define exactly the qualities and qualifications we needed.
Working with her was a pleasure and ensured a successful search that brought needed talent to our executive team."
Steven Snyder, PhD
San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Inc. hired Pat Libby to recruit candidates for our search for President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Pat helped our board search committee to find the ideal candidate for the position.
Pat’s process included both board members and staff. She helped us identify the highest priority characteristics for the new CEO. Pat provided a time table for the search process and kept us on schedule. Through her aggressive outreach process, we were able to select a pool of excellent candidates. Our board is delighted with the results. We chose an extraordinarily skilled candidate as our new CEO.
Pat Getzel, Chair
"We were so fortunate to be able to have the professional expertise of Pat Libby Consulting to lead our executive search. She helped us identify the right combination of experience and traits we were looking for in an executive director and assembled a well-qualified cadre of candidates for the position.
We selected Jim Stone as EIS’s new executive director. EIS needed a strong leader with a passion for our mission, sound judgment and a lot of stamina and we found all that and more in Jim. After working closely with Jim for several months, I know we found the right person for the job. Pat is the Jewish fairy godmother that all executives and organizations wish they had to help them through when times get tough!"
Board Chair, Elementary Institute of Science
"Pat served as the consultant to recruit a new Executive Director for the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS). She reached out to me to help spread the word through my network. The recruitment documents were so impressive that I decided to throw my own hat in the ring.
As a candidate, I found Pat’s approach throughout the recruitment process to be extremely professional. She kept me informed about details of the process each step along the way and helped me to fully understand what the EIS board was looking for in an Executive Director.
As the board honed in on its final decision she communicated clearly what was happening and stayed involved until all negotiations were complete. Recruitment for a chief executive can be arduous, and from the perspective of a candidate, Pat’s stewardship of the process was highly effective for both the organization and for the people applying for the position."
Executive Director, Elementary Institute of Science
"Christie’s Place hired Pat Libby to lead the search process for our Executive Director. Pat worked closely with the board and staff to develop a matrix that was essential in helping us define exactly what the organization needed. She was great to work with; accessible, energetic and always calmly focused. She reached out to potential candidates and was successful in bringing us a diverse and qualified pool to interview. We are thrilled with our new Executive Director; we could not have achieved this result without Pat. Throughout the process, we felt we were being guided by a professional who had the best interest of our organization at heart."
Kathleen Grove, Ph.D.
Board President, Christie's Place
“Pat Libby assisted our faith-based homeless mission with hiring a new CEO. From our initial meeting to successful completion of the search, Pat designed and led each step, customizing the process for our needs, and meeting each milestone on time. Pat quickly grasped the nature of our organization and the CEO selection criteria most important to our organization. She exudes confidence in her outcomes and steered the search committee toward a series of actions which her experience has demonstrated would have positive results.
Her recommendations were presented appropriately so that we understood them and trusted her advice. Pat delivered on the vetting for all candidates, and gained their trust, too, so that communication with them was transparent and forthright. In the end several final candidates were excellent fits for the role, and the individual selected was a unanimous choice.
I commend Pat Libby and her work for any executive search assignments, and particularly for those requiring a high level of process expertise and organizational insight."
Judith Enns, Ph.D.
Search Committee Chair
"Pat Libby did an excellent job managing the CEO search for the San Diego Center for Children, an iconic organization serving children and their families. Her approach to helping the non-profit’s board select the right person is inclusive and also incorporates search committee and senior staff input.
Her methodology gave our search committee a clear path to evaluate candidates and select a new CEO. Everyone on the committee felt that Pat’s guidance was crucial to what amounted to a success in the selection."
Search Committee member, San Diego Center for Children