An executive search consultant for more than 20 years, Jennifer was a founder and the former leader of Spencer Stuart’s Education, Nonprofit & Government Practice, during which time the size and reach of the practice expanded dramatically. A former management consultant, she is trained to develop a nuanced understanding of client organizations. As a result, she has become a trusted adviser to nonprofit organizations – particularly their boards and CEOs – as well as to C-level talent, helping all parties navigate critical senior leadership transitions. Her multi-sector background provides Jennifer with unique insight into how to find unexpected, innovative leaders who can have outsize positive impact on the organizations they serve.

Expertise

Jennifer has specialized experience in:

  • CEO succession and search
  • Boards of directors
  • Leadership assessment
  • Organizational culture
  • Higher education
  • Philanthropy and impact investing
  • Scientific research and development
  • Arts and culture
  • Global relief and development
  • Finance and operations

 

Recent work

  • Supporting the work of the boards and faculties at top-ranked universities and colleges – including Stanford, Yale, Cornell, Williams and Brown – in identifying and successfully recruiting their current presidents
  • Working closely with the boards of some of the most impactful philanthropic organizations – including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – to identify and recruit their current presidents
  • Advising some of the most influential organizations in New York City – including the Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center, the Central Park Conservancy, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum – during periods of significant leadership transition

Previous experience

  • Partner at another global executive search firm
  • Strategy and financial leadership roles at global corporations
  • Strategy consultant at a global consulting firm

Education

  • Master’s from the School of Management at Yale University
  • A.B. in government and economics from Smith College

Practice Areas