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Lambda Legal Announces National CEO Search

By Lambda Legal

MARCH 28, 2019


Today, Lambda Legal announced its search for the organization’s next CEO. McCormack + Kristel, the nation’s first and most experienced LGBTQ retained search firm, in collaboration with WB&B, an executive search firm focused on diversity and inclusion, will assist Lambda Legal’s Board of Directors.

“Lambda Legal’s Board of Directors knows how critical the CEO search is to our community, especially in times like these, so that the organization remains vigilant and a leader in the movement,” said Board Chair Anne Krook.  “One of the most essential elements of this search is a diverse pool of candidates. We will conduct a thorough and thoughtful process to find the ideal candidate for the position.”

Lambda Legal has engaged McCormack+Kristel, executive search consultants for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations with an emphasis on diversity recruiting, in collaboration with WB&B, an executive search firm also focused on diversity and inclusion, to facilitate the search. Since its founding in 1993, McCormack+Kristel has completed more than 400 searches for CEOs, board members and C-suite executives for large and small nonprofit organizations across the country. Clients have included the ACLU, the Equality Federation, GLAD, Liberty Hill Foundation, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, MassEquality, Outserve/SLDN, PFLAG, Planned Parenthood, SAGE, and the Tide Foundation. WB&B has been recognized as the nation’s leading minority-owned executive search firm. Established in 1973, its founding bylaws ensure an inclusive slate of qualified candidates for each client engagement. Since 2011, the firms have partnered on several high-profile CEO searches including AIDS United, AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Amnesty International.

“McCormack+Kristel and WB&B are dedicated to developing an inclusive list of candidates with the skills to drive the next chapter of Lambda Legal’s work. We are honored to be working with a pillar of the LGBTQ movement during such a critical time in Lambda’s and our country’s history,” said Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner of McCormack+Kristel.

“Lambda Legal is in court on behalf of transgender people in the military, winning on behalf of transgender high school students, and taking on Social Security on behalf of LGBT seniors, and we are looking for an experienced leader and strategic thinker to join us in this fight on behalf of our community’s most vulnerable,” said Richard Burns, Interim CEO. “We are looking for someone ready to ensure that Lambda Legal’s vision of full recognition of the civil rights of the LGBT community and all who experience discrimination is realized.”

With the assistance of the search firms, staff, and stakeholders, the board will develop a job profile that highlights the various skill sets required of a new president. The final job profile will be announced and will be available on

Natural Resources Defense Council, Senior Director, Oceans Division

The Client

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Today’s leadership team and board of trustees make sure the organization continues to work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.

NRDC combines the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the conservation and protection of the air, water, and the wild. With dedicated staff working in more than a dozen program areas, NRDC partners with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups on the biggest issues we face today. Today, our people work across the world, with major offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

With fiscal year 2017-2018 revenue of over $190 million and over 600 employees, NRDC is among the top global environmental advocacy organizations. The majority of its support comes from individual members and donors, supplemented by grants from institutional funders. Charity Navigator awards NRDC its top 4-star rating.

For more information about Natural Resources Defense Council, visit

The Oceans Division

“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy.” – Jules Verne

The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, the ocean transfers heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns. Oceans provide at least a sixth of the animal protein we eat. Pollution not only affects marine life and its environment, it contaminates our food chain, impacting all life on our planet.

For decades, NRDC lawyers, scientists, and policy advocates have been instrumental in the fight to protect our oceans for current and future generations through effective policy work and impact litigation. They work to maintain and restore healthy ocean ecosystems by seeking to prevent or end destructive practices, such as overfishing, harmful offshore oil and gas drilling, and seismic blasting. They have also been leaders in promoting the establishment of marine protected areas and in protecting threatened and endangered species such as marine mammals in the United States and internationally.

One of four divisions of the NRDC’s Nature Program, along with Land, Wildlife, and Water, the Oceans Division has a budget of $4 million and 23 staff. It operates with a high degree of autonomy in addressing the most critical environmental issues affecting the world’s marine environment.

In 2018, after nearly a decade of discussion, countries began negotiating a new agreement for the conservation and management of the high seas – the area of ocean beyond the 200-mile zones of individual countries that constitutes nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean – thanks to the persistence and dedication of the NRDC and its allies. The goal of the agreement is to create fully protected marine parks and to conserve bio-diversity. This epic accomplishment is typical of the hard work and effectiveness of the Oceans Division and emblematic of the impact it can have on the health of our planet. Other examples of the Oceans Division’s work include helping to secure the nation’s first statewide network of marine protected areas, promoting adoption and implementation of a strengthened U.S. fisheries law to end overfishing and rebuild depleted ocean fisheries, and protecting endangered and threatened marine mammals from a variety of sources of harmful ocean noise.

The Position

The Senior Director of the Oceans Division reports to the Managing Director of the Nature Program, participating as part of the Nature Leadership Team. The Senior Director currently supervises the following:

  • Director of International Oceans
  • Director of Domestic Fisheries
  • Director of Marine Mammals
  • Director of Pacific Ocean Initiative
  • Legislative Director for the Nature Program
  • A Senior Ocean Scientist
  • A Senior Policy Analyst

In addition, the Senior Director is supported by a shared Program Assistant and oversees the work of outside consultants as needed.

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide overall strategic direction to the Oceans Division, including providing guidance and expertise to develop and advance effectively its suite of ambitious policy and advocacy goals;
  • Prioritize achievement of the Oceans’ goals of the NRDC Strategic Plan;
  • Collaborate with staff to refine and update strategies as necessary, in response to changing environmental conditions and other factors;
  • Ensure that as emerging issues arise, there is a process in place to evaluate and determine whether and/or how NRDC should address them;
  • Support the project leaders, assisting and assuring implementation of the strategic plan and effective management of Program staff;
  • Provide leadership to the Oceans staff as a whole;
  • Assure that the program meets budgetary expectations and is well-supported by donors;
  • Build relationships that advance the work of the Oceans Division with partners and collaborators, including ocean policy leaders within U.S. agencies, the U.S. Congress, other conservation organizations, academic institutions, and foundations;
  • Enhance professional growth of self and teams by keeping abreast of latest trends, best practices and a deep understanding of issues and events impacting the work of Oceans;
  • Assure that the Division successfully communicates its work internally and externally, using traditional and social tools;
  • Assure that Division staff have clear direction, support, opportunities for professional development, and work in a productive and collegial program environment;
  • Represent the Division with donors, and internally with senior staff and the Board;
  • Represent the organization at appropriate funding, legislative, public education and media forums;
  • Serve as a member of the Nature Leadership team helping to provide guidance and support for the overall Nature Program;
  • Work on behalf of the Oceans Division in budgeting and other internal processes; working in concert with Division staff, develop and implement budgets; and help secure the internal and external resources needed for successful campaigns;
  • Serve as an institutional leader for NRDC by serving on committees or project teams, as needed.

This position requires travel nationally and internationally (including overnight and weekend stays).

Professional Criteria

The successful candidate will bring the following:

  • 15 to 20 years of advocacy experience working on ocean or related environmental issues;
  • Proven record as effective environmental advocate with a strong commitment to conservation;
  • Proven record as successful fundraiser and manager, including an ability to nurture and support independent leaders;
  • At least five years of experience managing at a Project Director-level or equivalent;
  • Documented success in building strong organizational partnerships with national leaders and organizations;
  • Experience in managing policy and/or legislative campaigns and initiatives, with a successful track record;
  • Experience managing staff in multiple locations is desirable;
  • Clear understanding of how oceans policy at the national, regional and international level is made and influenced;
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field, such as JD, PhD, MA or MS in Environmental Science or Policy.

Personal Characteristics 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion for the ocean and knowledge of ocean health/conservation issues and oceans policy;
  • High emotional intelligence with strong interpersonal skills, including kindness and compassion for co-workers;
  • A willingness to provide guidance and mentoring to department managers, staff, board members and volunteers;
  • A collaborative decision-making style, seeking input and buy-in from the team and transparency in execution;
  • Vision and the ability to inspire and motivate others to perform at their very best;
  • Accepting of feedback from others; giving appropriate recognition to staff; and a willingness to take calculated risks to accomplish goals;
  • Adaptability to changes in the work environment; managing competing demands; changing approach or methods to best fit the situation; ability to deal with frequent change, opportunities, delays or unexpected events;
  • Strong organizational skills with a dedication to continuous improvement;
  • Effective fundraising and donor cultivation skills;
  • Superior oral and written communications ability.

Above all, the successful candidate must believe in the value and vital importance of the organization and the Division’s work.



Our client is offering a highly competitive salary commensurate with experience as well as a comprehensive benefits package. Basic relocation expenses are possible for an exceptional candidate. This position may be based in New York, Washington, DC, or San Francisco.


The Senior Director position is an opportunity to lead a once-in-a-generation environmental effort of importance to our future and one of profound humanitarian merit.


Please submit a brief cover letter and résumé as attachments via e-mail to:

Joe McCormack, Founding Partner


1740 Broadway, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10019


Office: 212.531.5003

Fax: 212.203.9599


Please note that your education, dates of employment and other

information will be verified prior to an offer.

All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.

Candidates may be required to submit writing samples or undergo skills assessment as part of the application process.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. NRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, religious creed, religious observance, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, military service and veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition as defined by applicable state or federal law, physical or mental handicap or disability, genetic information or predisposition, arrest or conviction records, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances. NRDC offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA NRDC will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

East Bay Community Law Center, Executive Director

The Mission

The mission of East Bay Community Law Center is to promote justice and help build a community that is more secure, productive, healthy, and hopeful by providing legal services, social work support, and policy advocacy that are responsive to the needs of low-income communities and law training that prepares future attorneys and social workers to be skilled and principled advocates who are committed to addressing the causes and conditions of racial and economic injustice and poverty.

 The Organization – Justice Through Education & Advocacy

“This is the way to teach law and this is the way to practice law,” to quote the East Bay Community Law Center’s third Executive Director and its inspirational leader for the past 11 years. Perhaps unique in its dual mission of serving thousands of low-income individuals in Alameda County each year, while providing practical field experience for more than 150 students annually from the UC Berkeley School of Law, EBCLC is an independent 501 (c)(3) and one of the finest community legal clinics of its kind in the country.

The East Bay Community Law Center was founded in 1988 – as the Berkeley Community Law Center – by law students from  the UC Berkeley Hall School of Law. The student founders were motivated by the dearth of practical experience in legal education at a time of overwhelming societal injustices and community need. EBCLC has grown to become the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay and Berkeley Law’s largest clinical program with a budget of over $8 million annually, a significant operating reserve and a staff of 70 and growing. EBCLC has also been an effective contributor to local and state policy initiatives to address economic and racial injustice. Governed by a 25-person Board of Directors that includes members of the law school faculty, alumni, prominent attorneys and community leaders, EBCLC receives a portion of its funding from the law school, as well as significant grants from state, county and city agencies and the private sector.

Berkeley’s current Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, named by National Jurist Magazine as the most influential person in legal education in the United States, is a strong proponent of clinical practice as an essential component of a sound legal education, and EBCLC’s role in educating students is expected to continue growing under his tenure.

 The Programs

Programs serving EBCLC’s clients include Clean Slate Services to remove barriers to employment and civic participation for people with criminal records; Community Economic Justice Services, focused on empowering low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty; Consumer Justice & General Clinic Services, offering legal representation to low-income consumers facing debt-collection lawsuits, correcting credit reporting errors, assisting victims of identity theft, etc.; Education Defense & Justice for Youth Services, representing young people

caught at the intersection of the juvenile justice and education systems; Health & Welfare Services, which provides legal services to Alameda County residents at risk of poor health outcomes due to poverty, unsafe living conditions, inadequate health care coverage and other factors, including HIV status; Housing Services, focused on defending eviction lawsuits brought against low-income tenants, providing emergency financial assistance and supportive services through the Keep Oakland Housed Program, in collaboration with Bay Area Community Services and Catholic Charities of the East Bay; and Immigration Services, offering a full-range of free legal services to low-income immigrants, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, members of the LGBTQ community and youth.

 For more information about East Bay Community Law Center, visit

 The Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director supervises the following direct reports who comprise the five-person executive team: Deputy Director & Chief Counsel, Clinical Director, Finance & Administration Director, and Development & Communications Director. Additionally, the ED oversees the work of EBCLC’s Data Scientist. The ED is supported by a full-time Executive Assistant

The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities include:


  • Inspire, motivate and manage a team of highly intelligent, accomplished and committed professionals;
  • Work with staff and peers to develop more effective means of delivering legal services and clinical education and addressing policy issues that improve the lives of the communities EBCLC serves;
  • Listen with respect to all opinions, including dissent, and strive to achieve consensus when possible, yet making the difficult decisions when needed;
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including foundations, government representatives, major donors; outreach to law firms, respond to grant opportunities, and ensure major gift cultivation in collaboration with the Development & Communications Director;
  • Provide day-to-day leadership that serves the mission and reflects the core values of EBCLC;
  • Develop effective relationships with other service providers and key collaborators;
  • Motivate and lead a high-performance management team; attract, recruit and retain required members of the executive team; provide mentoring and opportunities for leadership as a cornerstone to developing internal leaders;
  • Ensure the highest quality of legal services for EBCLC’s clients and the highest standard of training for UC Berkeley’s Law School students;
  • Represent EBCLC to the media, the community and in public forums.

Business Planning and Operations

  • Develop and implement strategic and tactical plans to promote the continued development of the organization and ensure positive financial results and client outcomes;
  • Identify opportunities for all operational functions to leverage cross-program strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and to address organizational challenges;
  • Participate in the development and preparation of short-term and long-range plans and budgets that advance broad organizational goals and objectives;
  • Work closely with the Executive Team to create the annual organizational budget and monitor cash flows.

Policies, Procedures & Reporting

  • Direct the development and implementation of procedures that promote effective communication and adequate information flow throughout the organization;
  • Create effective processes for increasing efficiencies and eliminating redundancies;
  • Develop strategic priorities with measurable outcomes to ensure ongoing process improvement and data driven decision making;
  • Provide direction and strategy for evaluating operations and reporting results to internal and external audiences;
  • Develop metrics in consultation with staff for evaluating organization morale generally and specifically around issues of fairness, equity, and transparency.
  • Ensure all organizational activities and operations are performed in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws;
  • Develop and enhance the relationship of EBCLC to the UC Berkeley School of Law.


The successful candidate will have significant experience that includes leadership and demonstrated success in managing organizational development and change. An undergraduate degree is required. A graduate degree in law or other relevant area of study is strongly preferred, and an appropriately credentialed individual may be eligible for a faculty appointment at the UC Berkeley School of Law. The Executive Director will be an exceptional program manager, talented team builder, and effective communicator.

In addition to these requirements, candidates will be evaluated on criteria that include:

  • Experience overseeing legal services and/or legal educational programs in an organization of similar size and complexity;
  • An understanding and respect for clinical teaching;
  • A commitment to the mission of providing supportive services for low income communities, including communities of color;
  • Awareness of the legal issues facing the communities that EBCLC serves;
  • Familiarity and comfort with financial planning and management as well as organizational budget development;
  • Lived experience as a law student would be helpful;
  • Demonstrated success building and leading high-performing teams and managing dedicated staff;
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills;
  • Accessibility and the capacity to embrace diversity of views and opinions;
  • Superior critical and creative thinking ability that includes “both and” rather than “either or” approaches to conflict resolution and problem solving;
  • A leadership style that emphasizes authenticity, compassion and kindness, coupled with optimism and a sense of humor in times of challenge and stress;
  • Strategic business and operational planning experience;
  • Process expertise to develop new program rollout procedures that are adaptable to various community/population needs;
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics;
  • Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.

The successful candidate will be energized working in a challenging, fast-moving environment and accomplished at driving toward clarity and solutions, and will be a visionary and empathetic leader with the ability to inspire employees to live up to their potential.


To attract the multi-talented Executive Director it is seeking, EBCLC is offering a competitive compensation package, coupled with a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid health care premiums for employees and their families, health savings accounts, a choice of retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, generous vacation time, commuter benefits and much more.

Relocation reimbursement may be provided for the exceptional candidate EBCLC is seeking.


This is an opportunity for an accomplished, entrepreneurial leader to join a growing mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to education and social justice. The successful candidate will become a part of a distinguished team, serving an organization that is nationally known and respected for its work. The new Executive Director will be integral in developing staff, enhancing financial support and communication and increasing program and service offerings responsive to community needs, while  contributing to the development of skilled and principled legal advocates committed to addressing racial and economic injustice. Moreover, the Executive Director will have the personal satisfaction of contributing to an effort of profound societal and humanitarian importance.


Famous as a center for academics, free speech and the arts, Berkeley is situated along San Francisco Bay’s eastern shore and is home to the University of California, Berkeley. The city of 113,000 residents has a mild climate and natural amenities, more arts per capita than any other city in California, access to public transportation, and of course, the University of California campus, which anchors the community.

Top reasons to live in Berkeley:


Please submit a brief cover letter and résumé as attachments via e-mail to:

Joe McCormack, Founding Partner


1740 Broadway, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10019


Office: 212.531.5003

Fax: 212.203.9599



Please note that your education, dates of employment and other

information will be verified prior to an offer.

Brian Bond Named New Executive Director of PFLAG National

JANUARY 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, PFLAG National—the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their families, and allies—announced that Brian Bond will join the organization as its new Executive Director, effective February 1st.

Board President Kathy Godwin said, “I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the helm of PFLAG National. He has a proven record of success unifying people across communities, building strong alliances and partnerships, and working in challenging environments and moments to effect change. His personal story—as a young gay man raised in rural America—will resonate with so many people, including our supporters and members. I know Brian is the leader PFLAG needs to continue our work, and greatly expand our reach.”

Bond, a Missouri native with a degree in Public Administration from Missouri State University, is a former Obama Administration official and LGBTQ+ advocate with an extensive background in constituency outreach and coalition bridge-building. He most recently served as the Coalitions Director for the Climate Action Campaign in Washington D.C., working to protect clean air and promote action to limit climate change. Prior to that, he was the Deputy CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

During the Obama Administration, Bond served as Deputy Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement and primary liaison for the LGBTQ community. After the re-election of President Obama in 2012, he moved to the Environmental Protection Agency to work on the Administration’s climate initiatives as Associate Administrator for Public Engagement and Environmental Education. Prior to these roles, he served as the Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and is credited with expanding the success of the organization and support for LGBTQ candidates during his six-year tenure.

“I know what it is to be the scared kid growing up in a rural community feeling different and alone, struggling with accepting who I was and living in fear because I knew I was different,” said Bond. “As the Executive Director of PFLAG National—arm in arm with the hundreds of thousands of exceptional people who are the backbone of PFLAG—it is my goal to intensify all our efforts serving our diverse families and communities.”

“For communities of color, we can make this stronger through continued cultural inclusion work and expanded outreach, listening, and tools. We can build on PFLAG’s long and noteworthy trans-inclusive history to expand our programs for transgender and gender-expansive youth and their families. There is no question we also will find the best way forward for faith-based and more conservative families torn between loving their kids and loving their faith. PFLAG is uniquely positioned to do this work, with over 400 chapters in communities across the country, and over 45 years on the front lines of this movement. I am truly honored to take up this work with the dedicated leaders and volunteers of PFLAG, and the PFLAG National staff.”

The PFLAG National Search Task Force included board members and national staff representing a diversity of race, ethnicity, age, and professional experience. The Task Force undertook a thoughtful and deliberative search process which surfaced more than 15 qualified candidates nationwide before making their final recommendation.

The news of Bond’s appointment was welcomed by leaders in the LGBTQ+ equality movement, as well as other leaders in the fight for social justice among marginalized communities.

“During my time at the White House I saw firsthand PFLAG’s legacy of loving, affirming families and actively engaged allies at work. PFLAGers are changing hearts and minds in every corner of our country in support of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. I also witnessed Brian Bond’s commitment to moving equality forward with passion, empathy, and humility. Brian’s skill set, collaborative leadership style, creative thought process, and ability to build bridges across diverse communities and life experiences will serve PFLAG well. I am thrilled that Brian Bond has been selected as PFLAG National’s next Executive Director during this pivotal and critical moment in time.”

– Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

“I wholeheartedly commend the PFLAG National Board of Directors for their selection of Brian Bond as the organization’s Executive Director. I have known Brian for over twenty years both professionally and personally. I am amazed by his ability to move within multiple communities—especially Communities of Color—with respect and humility, to achieve common goals. Brian has both the skill set and professionalism to build upon PFLAG’s success to expand the organization’s reach to provide more support for African-American parents who want to understand the struggle of their LGBTQ+ children in an oft-hostile world.”

– Earl Fowlkes, President/CEO, Center for Black Equity, Inc.

“Brian Bond embodies leadership. He has earned the trust and respect of diverse communities and coalitions over his lifetime because he has worked tirelessly to uplift people of all ages and backgrounds every step of the way. I count myself in that category, first as his summer intern and later as his successor as the White House LGBT Liaison and a committed partner in the fight for equality and justice. PFLAG, already an effective and important organization, has gained a talented, humble, inclusive, and strategic leader in Brian—and I look forward to the scores more families and young people supported by this work with Brian at the helm.”

– Aditi Hardikar, Former White House LGBT and AAPI Liaison

“I have had the pleasure to work for and with Brian Bond closely for over a decade. You follow and trust his vision because he embodies what he fights for everyday. As a Latina from an immigrant family raised from humble beginnings by a teen mother, I know that our rights and a seat at the table are not automatic. I have seen Brian time and time again not just stand up for ALL communities including communities of color and our most vulnerable but more importantly fight to give them the power they rightfully deserve. From Farmworkers to Latinx students on campuses, I have seen him purposefully and artfully lift up voices, genuinely listen and advocate for what was needed on ground without hesitation. PFLAG will gain tremendously from their selection of Brian Bond as their next Executive Director, I am excited for what the future holds for them.”

– Amanda Aguirre, Former Acting Director of Public Engagement at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Associate Director, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

“Transgender people and our families couldn’t ask for a better ally than Brian Bond. Throughout his career, Brian has served as an invaluable partner in the fight for transgender equality, as well as a dear friend for nearly two decades. Brian has the vision and devotion to lead PFLAG and the millions of families it serves.”

– Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

“Brian Bond is a fantastic selection by PFLAG National as its next Executive Director. His steadfast dedication to LGBTQ issues throughout his career, especially for youth and those most vulnerable in our community, alongside his top-notch excellence in leadership, community organizing, and strong relationships with leaders across the nation will allow Brian to thrive at PFLAG. I cannot think of anyone better to be at the helm and I wish him and the whole PFLAG family much success in the coming years ahead.”

– Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Director of External Relations, National Center for Transgender Equality

“The smartest hire I ever made was recruiting Brian Bond to lead the Victory Fund when I was co-chair. PFLAG will benefit from that same vision, tenacity and work ethic that has made Brian a success throughout his career.”

– Jeff Trammell, Former Co-Chair, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

“Having followed in Brian’s footsteps as President Obama’s LGBTQ liaison, I know firsthand the incredible work he did in the early days of the Obama Administration to build the foundation of what later became an unparalleled presidential record on advancing LGBTQ equality. Brian is exactly the kind of advocate and leader that queer kids across America—and their families and allies—need in their corner. His passion and compassion, strategic vision and capacity to execute, national network and local relationships, and most importantly his commitment to and long track record of inclusivity will be a tremendous asset to PFLAG. I can’t wait to see him take this critically important organization to the next level.

 Gautam Raghavan, former Obama White House LGBTQ Liaison; Vice President for policy at the Gill Foundation; current Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

“PFLAG has played a central role for the past 45 years in changing hearts and minds in the continuing quest for LGBTQ equality in this country, which is why I am extremely pleased that Brian Bond will be PFLAG’s incoming Executive Director. I have worked closely with Brian for many years to ensure that Indian Country has a voice at the table. He is a passionate advocate for inclusion and full participation and consistently turns words into meaningful and impactful action. Nothing is more important than family in Indian Country, I am confident, based on our past work, that Brian will do the work to help ensure that PFLAG best meets the needs of all communities to affirm, respect and celebrate diversity and families.

– Keith M. Harper, Former US Ambassador; Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council


PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. To learn more, visit pflag.orglike us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram.

Liz Owen, Director of Communications
(202) 657-4026

McCormack+Kristel Seeks CFO for Metro Wellness & Community Centers

December 19, 2018 – Executive search firm McCormack+Kristel has been selected by Metro Wellness & Community Centers in Tampa to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel are leading the assignment.

Reporting to the CEO, the CFO directs the finance functions of the organization and is responsible for the fiscal management of all federal, state and city grants, said McCormack+Kristel. The individual in the role will be charged with supervising a finance team inclusive of accounting, billing, bookkeeping and payroll staff. The CFO will oversee an operating budget of more than $21 million.

The ideal candidate will be expected to have non-profit and healthcare experience in a community health center or a federally qualified health center with a 340b pharmacy program. McCormack+Kristel said that the successful candidate will have “at least 10 years’ progressively responsible accounting experience, preferably with an organization that receives federal funds.” Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, controls and reporting, ideally in the healthcare sector.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have a collaborative and flexible leadership style and will be enthusiastic about working in a mission-driven environment, said the search firm. Prospects should also be strong in character and integrity.

Established in 1993, Metro Wellness & Community Centers provides health and wellness services that are inclusive, relevant, supportive and represent the lifetime continuum of the diverse people in Florida’s Tampa Bay community. It is one of the largest HIV/AIDS service organizations and nationally known LGBT community centers. With active community center locations throughout the Tampa Bay area, Metro provides comprehensive HIV services and medical care, social activities, classes, support groups, counseling, health and fitness programs, youth programs, substance abuse programs, older adult programs, behavioral health services and free HIV testing.

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

SAGE, Board of Directors

SAGE (Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders)

SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare.

With staff in New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other key cities across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 29 SAGE affiliates in 21 states. SAGE operates with a $12 million annual budget and is overseen by a 22-person Board of Directors.

For more information about SAGE, please visit the SAGE website


SAGE leads in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.


SAGE envisions a world in which LGBT older adults can thrive because they are valued and have boundless opportunities through an array of options to achieve their goals for social, physical, intellectual, emotional, financial, spiritual, vocational, and environmental well-being.

History and Background

SAGE’s programs have evolved over the organization’s 40-year history. Today, SAGE is an important social safety net for LGBT elders as the organization catalyzes and creates LGBT-specific service programs and housing for elders, encourages full inclusion and celebration of LGBT older adults in all communities, advocates to address and overcome discrimination against LGBT elders in a broad variety of settings, and works with its constituents in the creation of informal caregiving support and development of new “family” networks.

In 2010, SAGE was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant (subsequently renewed) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging to seed the creation of the nation’s only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. In 2012, SAGE launched the country’s first comprehensive publicly funded LGBT senior center. And, in May of this year, SAGE and development partner, HELP USA, broke ground on a $41.4 million LGBT senior housing project in the Bronx, launching SAGE’s second housing development in New York City.

For the nearly 3 million LGBT older adults across the nation, SAGE’s advocacy, training and services build welcoming communities and keep critical issues in the national conversation to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.

Financial Summary

SAGE’s total revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 was $11 million, of which 59% was received from government and foundation funders. SAGE currently has assets in excess of $19 million, including a $3.7 million reserve fund. In recognition of its commitment to transparency, SAGE is a gold-level participant in GuideStar’s reporting program.

The Board of Directors

Board members are the guardians of SAGE’s mission and resources, bringing to the organization a variety of skills, knowledge, experience and perspectives. To ensure SAGE continues to successfully meet the needs of older adults in the LGBT community, Board members are tasked with setting policy to ensure public trust, contributing a personally meaningful gift and leveraging their networks to resource the policies they set, growing the Board with talented new members, and acting as ambassadors for SAGE and LGBT older adults.

SAGE currently has 22 Board Directors, with plans to expand to 25 or more members over the next year. We are seeking engaged volunteers who share SAGE’s values, support SAGE’s commitment to diversity and equity, and are passionate about SAGE’s mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Each Board leader commits time, talent and treasure to meet the following basic responsibilities:

  • Attendance at three Board meetings annually. February/March, June and October.
  • Active participation on at least one standing committee – currently, these include the Executive, Finance, Nominating and Governance, and Development Committees, which typically meet by phone.
  • Board members are expected to make SAGE a philanthropic priority with an annual give/get commitment of at least $10,000. Each Board member is asked to give at a level that is a “personal stretch” based on their individual giving capacity. At a minimum, every Board member must be a major donor (at least $1,500 annually) to SAGE. Board leadership understands that each member is in a unique situation and works accordingly to set clear expectations.

After a one-year introductory term, Board members may serve up to two (2) consecutive three-year terms.

Professional Requirements

We are seeking a diverse group of professionals with a variety of skills, experience and perspectives to steward the continued growth and sustainability of SAGE. Candidates with aging or healthcare experience, as well as those with strong links to a broad and expansive network, are highly desired. We are particularly interested in increasing SAGE’s Board presence in Chicago, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Experience as a board member with a nonprofit entity is preferred but not required.

Personal Characteristics

Candidates must have a compelling interest in the vision, mission and values of SAGE. The organization’s core values include upholding diversity and equity as a centerpiece of its purpose, its people and its work. Members of the Board are expected to reflect and embrace SAGE’s commitment to the principles of diversity and equity.

The SAGE Board is comprised of a broadly diverse group of individuals inclusive of an expansive range of experience, perspectives and expression. Directors take pride in the quality and depth of the Board’s healthy and honest discussions and respectful debates. Ideal candidates will be comfortable with dissent, energized by stimulating conversations, and able to present contrary views in a considerate, informed and respectful manner.

As SAGE continues to expand its reach and the demands for its advocacy increase, the skills to contribute to an organization during periods of flux are essential. Individuals with the talent to see the big picture and coalesce strategies into long-range plans will find this an exciting opportunity to lead in a meaningful way.

Finally, openness to innovation, the humility to learn from others, and the ability to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts are highly valued. Women, people of color, transgender people, people under 40, straight allies, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


This is a meaningful and rewarding leadership opportunity with an organization that has been at the forefront of social change for 40 years. It is a chance to be part of a sophisticated and collegial Board of Directors endeavoring to create boundless opportunities for LGBT older adults. Members of the SAGE Board collaborate to increase the impact of a revered organization and to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.


If you are interested in exploring board service with SAGE, please submit a brief cover letter and résumé or biography as attachments via e-mail to:

Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner


1740 Broadway, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10019

Telephone: 212.531.5003



All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.

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Out for Undergrad Announces Dr. Cindi Love New Executive Director

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Out for Undergrad (O4U) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Cindi Love as its new Executive Director effective January 2, 2018. McCormack+Kristal conducted the nationwide search for O4U, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to helping high-potential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) undergraduates achieve success in their careers.

O4U currently offers four undergraduate leadership conferences that serve as a pathway into major US-based corporations: (1) finance/ consulting/ accounting, (2) technology, (3) marketing, and (4) engineering. In 2017, Goldman Sachs, Twitter, PepsiCo and Stanford University were hosts of these four O4U conferences in cooperation with 130 other major corporate sponsors.

Michael Ruderman, Chair of the O4U Board, said “Our 14-year experience of helping promising LGBTQ undergraduates reach their full potential is the solid foundation upon which we want to take O4U to the next level of impact. We know that Dr. Love will take us there and be a wonderful mentor to our students and volunteers, who are at the heart and soul of our organization’s work. Very few CEOs have senior leadership experience in for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, higher education, and global LGBTQ and human rights advocacy. Dr. Love is the rare find who has all of these.”

Love said, “I am very excited to join the O4U Board and other volunteers in the next chapter of ground-breaking work on behalf of LGBTQ students and corporations who employ them. We have an opportunity to expand access to O4U’s unique leadership development program, and further enhance the current conference experiences. I’m so fortunate to share with O4U’s students and volunteers what I have learned as a partner to some of the most passionate, deeply committed, socially responsible entrepreneurs, executives, educators, advocates and philanthropists around the world.”

Love founded an INC 500 company (#73 in 1990) and was recognized as one of 50 of North American top entrepreneurs by the MIT/INC/YEO Birthing of Giants program that same year. Love founded and sold Integration Control System & Services to The TORO Company in 1996 and served as a TORO executive until 2000.

Since July 2014, Love has served as the Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International in Washington, DC, member of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat and Working Group Advising the U.S. Secretary of State on Religion & Foreign Policy. Love was a panelist for President Obama’s 2015 Challenge for Faith-Based Partnerships and Communities and honored at the White House twice for human rights leadership. Love serves as one of 95 Content Experts for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks project and is former member of the United Nations Compass Coalition on LGBT Human Rights.

Love succeeds Brandon Fail as Executive Director. Ruderman said, “The O4U Board thanks Brandon Fail for his three years of leadership, during which the organization launched two new conferences, doubled its student attendee population, and dramatically increased corporate sponsorship.”

Contact Information:

Michael Ruderman
Chair of the O4U Board

Cindi Love

SOURCE Out for Undergrad

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Pioneering Executive Recruitment Firm Specializes in Placing Executives at Key LGBTQ Organizations Nationwide

PALM SPRINGS – October 3, 2017:  Continuing its 24-year record of successful executive placements, McCormack+Kristel recently recruited new chief executives for PFLAG National and New York’s Bailey House, and launched a CEO search for The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

PFLAG National recently appointed Dr. Jaime Grant as their new Executive Director. Founded in 1972, PFLAG has nearly 400 chapters and more than 200,000 members and is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Grant has a three-decade-long track record of leadership in the LGBTQ and feminist movements. She previously held the position of Policy Institute Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force and is the founding executive director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Most recently, she served as the founder and director of the Global Trans Research and Advocacy Project.

Said Jean Hodges, PFLAG President, “Our search for a new Executive Director for PFLAG National was handled efficiently, thoroughly, and with grace by McCormack+Kristel Partner Michelle Kristel. Her excellent communication, her extensive network of contacts which enabled a large pool of qualified applicants, her sensitivity to issues of diversity, and her skill and expertise in interviewing top candidates were all critical to keeping the process moving on a well-paced timeline. Best of all was the wonderful result in hiring exactly the right person for the job.”

John Oda, the Chair of the PFLAG Search Committee added, “McCormack+Kristel was the perfect firm for our Executive Director search. Their expertise and experience was noticeable and crucial from the start to the end.”

McCormack+Kristel also announced the successful completion of the Chief Executive Officer search for New York’s Bailey House. Established in 1983, Bailey House provides supportive housing for people living with HIV and AIDS and advocates on their behalf. In addition, the program connects individuals with medical care and other health and social services. Special housing units are set aside for LGBT homeless youths, with a number of units specifically for supporting transgender youth. Daniel Tietz, the new CEO, is presently Chief Special Services Officer at NYC Human Resources Administration. He was previously the Executive Director of ACRIA, the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, and the Deputy Executive Director of the New York Coalition for the Homeless. He is an RN by training and holds a JD degree from the New England School of Law. Bailey House Board Chair Matt Farber said, “Dan’s entrepreneurial spirit, unique combination of advocacy and nonprofit experience, and relentless approach to improving the lives of some of New York City’s most vulnerable citizens make him the perfect fit to lead Bailey House.”

The San Diego LGBT Community Center has recently retained McCormack+Kristel to assist with the search and selection process to recruit a successor for long-term Executive Director Dr. Delores Jacobs.

McCormack+Kristel brings 24 years of recruiting experience to this executive search. Founder and managing partner Joe McCormack says, “We were the first retained search firm to recruit leadership for the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ communities, and we are the first retained search firm to embrace the transgender community as a valuable source of talent for our clients. Being a pioneer is a core value for us, not only as a business practice, but as a commitment to social justice. We are honored to support The San Diego LGBT Community Center during this important leadership transition.”

Since its founding in 1993, McCormack+Kristel has completed more than 400 searches for CEOs, board members and C-suite executives for large and small nonprofit organizations across the country. Clients have included the ACLU, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Planned Parenthood, SAGE, the Tides Foundation, and many more.



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For additional information, contact Joe McCormack, Managing Partner, McCormack+Kristel at or (323) 549-9200.