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Pat Libby Consulting consults with San Diego nonprofits to find the right executive hire.

"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

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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. 



San Diego Civic Youth Ballet hired Pat Libby to lead our search for an Executive Director. She was organized, responsive, and provided exceptionally personalized service. Pat gained a strong understanding of our needs and culture. She partnered with the Search Committee to develop a matrix for evaluating candidates consistently and objectively. She sought input from both the Board and staff and kept the recruiting process on schedule.


Pat’s large network proved to be invaluable. We interviewed several well-qualified candidates that she hand-picked, including the wonderful Executive Director we chose to lead our organization. The Board is thrilled with the results of Pat’s efforts!

Rosemary Linden

Board Chair, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

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"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 

CEO, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

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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 Libby worked with me and my leadership team to craft a thoughtful, comprehensive recruitment plan for our newly created chief operations officer (COO) position. Throughout the process Pat was thorough, highly dependable, and sensitive to our mission, culture, and values.


Ultimately, we emerged with a wonderful pool of candidates. And the well-thought-out selection process validated the amazing candidate we selected for the position. Today Mama’s Kitchen is a stronger organization as a result. Thank you Pat!”


Alberto R. Cortés

Chief Executive Officer, Mama's Kitchen


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"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."


Rana Sampson

Search Committee member, San Diego Center for Children


San Diego Center for Children's CEO search was aided by Pat Libby's executive hire approach.
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