McCormack + Kristel Recruits Leaders for Impact Organizations

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

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"Being a pioneer is a core value for us, not only as a business practice, but as a commitment to social justice." Joe McCormack

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.

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

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