Isaacson, Miller and CFAR Announce Strategic Alliance

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Executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and management consulting firm CFAR announce a strategic alliance to strengthen leadership of the civic sector.

Isaacson, Miller, the premier executive search firm serving the full civic sector, and CFAR, a management consulting firm specializing in strategy and organizational development for high performance organizations, have formed a strategic alliance to collaboratively serve the growing needs of their clients. The partnership aims to achieve the firms’ shared aspiration of helping institutions achieve excellence in their leadership, maximize the opportunities, and minimize the risks at important moments of transition.

For more than thirty-five years, Isaacson, Miller has helped organizations across the civic sector strengthen and diversify their leadership and thereby increase their societal impact. Its clients include public and private universities and colleges, academic and clinical medical centers, foundations, arts and cultural institutions, environment and conservation organizations, social justice advocacy groups, preK-12 education and education reform organizations, human and social services organizations, research institutions, professional associations, and other nonprofit organizations.

CFAR combines an understanding of social and human behavior with financial and business acumen, built upon its rich heritage as a spinoff of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and bolstered by over 30 years of practical consulting experience applying new ideas to difficult organizational challenges. They partner with leaders driven by a deep sense of mission and purpose, including family and founder-led enterprises, health systems, academic medical centers, foundations, associations and universities. Forbes designated CFAR as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms in both 2016 and 2017.

“Our firms share a commitment to strengthening the civic sector, dedication to intellectual rigor, and client-centered approaches based on collaboration and continuous learning,” said Vivian Brocard, President of Isaacson, Miller. “Over many years, we have drawn upon each other’s expertise and counsel. Through our strategic alliance, we leverage the expertise of both firms to help our clients navigate through critical leadership transitions.”

“We have experience supporting a wide variety of organizations to prepare for and successfully address the organizational and strategic shifts that accompany transitions," said Debbie Bing, President of CFAR. “Through this partnership, we aim to help our clients use leadership transitions to create value and to foster continuity, coherence, and optimism during what are uncertain times in the life of any organization.”


Isaacson, Miller is an executive search firm specializing in recruiting transformative leadership for mission-driven organizations. An employee-owned firm founded with the fundamental belief that diversity strengthens our society and the organizations that function within it, we have offices in Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. For more information on Isaacson, Miller, visit


CFAR is a private management consulting firm that began as a research center inside the Wharton School. Our consultants combine their academic expertise in diverse disciplines with pragmatic ways to help leaders solve new or stubborn organizational problems. We are committed to giving our clients new ways of thinking about their organizations, and the skills and tools to sustain lasting performance improvement. CFAR has offices in Philadelphia and Boston. For more information on CFAR, visit

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