We understand that search is not just a recruitment activity, but an opportunity to define your organization and the change it will drive for years to come. Our search processes are collaborative and focused. Impact Search Advisors by Nonprofit HR was founded with one goal in mind: to strengthen the social impact sector by partnering with and advising its leaders.
With your organization’s speciﬁc goals in mind, we work in partnership with you to ﬁnd the best, most qualiﬁed executives, talent management and human resources professionals to spearhead and lead core functions of your mission. We serve social impact organizations, including associations and social enterprises.
Impact Search Advisor’s Approach and Values
Our corporate shared values inﬂuence how we approach executive search. We seek social impact leaders with proven experience as:
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SOCIAL SECTOR IMPACT LEADERS!
Thank you for visiting Impact Search Advisors online. We understand that finding stellar talent is not just a recruitment activity, but an opportunity to define your organization and the change it will drive for years to come. Our Search processes are both collaborative and focused. With your organization’s specific goals in mind, we work in partnership with you to find the best, most qualified executive, director and staff-level professionals to lead your mission. We serve both social sector talent and the organizations that need them to pave the way to the future.
We are committed to pairing talented, mission-driven leaders and professionals with social impact organizations where they can make a meaningful contribution. Our Search experts partner with you every step of the way, from sourcing and vetting opportunity candidates to negotiating compensation, so that your organization can secure the talent it needs to achieve its goals. We’d love to help your organization accomplish its mission and we’ll help you identify and place the right talent.
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Driven to serve the often-overlooked people management needs for the social impact sector, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the leading talent management firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector.
Today, fueled by the passion of 50-plus employees and consultants nationwide, her thriving company is helping many of the nation’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart people management strategies. In the process, they’re changing the way an entire sector thinks about talent and culture.
Lisa has inspired Nonprofit HR to become a force that thousands of nonprofit and talent management leaders look to for consulting services, thought partnership, sector-specific hiring, and executive search needs, professional development, and information.
Lisa’s leadership and the work of her firm have proven that better talent practices can play an integral role in nonprofit success. Nonprofits have benefited from her wealth of knowledge and experience to make their people-driven initiatives successful. Lisa’s goal is to ensure that every Nonprofit HR engagement inspires social sector leaders to strengthen their most important asset: their people. Over the course of her career, Lisa has presented to hundreds of organizations, staff and leadership teams, covering all things talent management for the social sector.
Patty is recognized for driving multiple strategies and expanding the footprint for the Search practice area. Patty is a passionate and committed professional who always exhibits a can-do approach to challenges. She has a deep appreciation for innovation backed by over 25 years of extensive expertise in human capital management and executive recruitment and consultation. With a keen focus on talent acquisition and management and executive search, Patty is also considered the firm’s resident expert in employee engagement and communication, executive talent recruitment and transformational leadership. Patty’s expertise also includes the development and delivery of training programs and facilitation of focus groups that result in an enriched employee/supervisor relationship and an engaged workforce culture.
As the managing partner, Patty co-leads the business and financial strategies of the firm and is a member of the senior management team. Patty has been with the firm since its inception and has added executive career coaching and outplacement/transition support to the firm’s portfolio of service offerings.
Prior to joining Nonprofit HR, Patty served as Director of Human Resources with ASAE, The Center for Association Leadership (formerly known as the American Society of Association Executives). Before ASAE, Patty dedicated more than 10 years of her career with a large trade association.
Patty received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Trinity University in Washington D.C. and she is a Certified Staffing Professional, a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and a Women in Leadership Council member with the American Staffing Association.
Active in the community, Patty is an ardent volunteer and donor with nonprofits in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and Santa Monica, California.
On any given day, you can expect to find Sidney Abrams leading Nonprofit HR’s consulting team and clients through engagements whether they be through the projects or outsourcing practice areas. Sid oversees dozens of employees and consultants with Nonprofit HR’s Consulting Practice and serves as a Technical Advisor for large and/or complex engagements. He applies more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience and passion for people management to each and every engagement. Under Sidney’s leadership, Nonprofit HR’s consulting team has grown from 8 to over 40 and revenue for the practice area increased by nearly 400%. He further exercises his business savvy by co-leading the business and financial strategic decision making for the firm as a member of the Senior Management Team. Before joining the firm’s leadership, he started with the firm’s outsourcing division in 2008 and led numerous successful long-term engagements. Sidney then went on to head the Project Team where he completed dozens of engagements including HR effectiveness assessments and multi-state compliance audits, HRIS implementations and sensitive investigations.
Sidney was drawn to HR during his undergraduate college years. He has since focused his career exclusively on the profession and built recognized expertise in the areas of audit/compliance, assessment, project management and HR technology. His early beginnings as an HR associate then manager for family-run for-profit businesses later led to a transition to the social sector. In the social sector, Sidney grew into change management roles while honing his skills by successfully directing the human resources function for a technology association in the midst of a market shift and organizational realignment as well as providing strategic Human Resource leadership at a national Jewish youth movement.
Sidney graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and is a proud Terp alum. He earned professional certifications from HRCI, SHRM and HCI.
As Vice President of Client Services, Terry serves as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team providing leadership and direction to the firm’s service delivery. She applies over 20 years of consulting experience to create and implement strategies to improve overall client service delivery while maintaining the firm’s competitive edge. She has demonstrated experience in change management utilizing frameworks and tools specifically adapted to meet identified client needs and leads effective cultural changes while assessing impact and potential risk. She is a client-focused and highly-collaborative professional invigorated by leading relationships and coordinating new strategic partnerships while diversifying revenue generating opportunities.
Prior, Terry worked in leadership roles with Avande (a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft), Deloitte and Kforce Global Solutions. Her experience and focus have always been client driven. She was responsible for the sales strategy and managing existing relationships where she developed, fostered and built long-term business partnerships with large multi-million dollar clients. She achieved 100% client satisfaction while deepening those existing relationships by delivering considerable cost saving and other value-added service offerings.
She also spearheaded an offshore and outsourcing talent acquisition strategy, directed and oversaw a workforce of over 850 technologists with multi-year attrition rates well below industry standards. She is people focused and centered around cultivating talent and skills by focusing on continuous training and certifications, consultant retention and brokering mentorship programs across various operating portfolios resulting in increased overall workforce management.
Terry received her bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Canada. She is a Microsoft Certified Professional and trained in Project Management. In addition to her professional experience, she is driven by expanding upon her entrepreneurial horizons. Motivated by her own health challenges as a young child, she recently formed a company selling products related to health and wellness and continues to create new product ideas geared toward helping others, namely women and mothers, in her spare time. She leveraged her customer-first philosophy and was able to generate a strong following of dedicated customers and received glowing online reviews related to the quality and efficacy of the product and customer service. Terry holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada and currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Terence, an attorney, and her two children, Alexandra and Finbar. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hot yoga, cooking, tennis, downhill skiing (if she’s up north) and golfing with her husband on the weekends.
Danisha Martin is an executive recruiter and trusted advisor on the firm’s retained executive search engagements. She conducts interviews with senior and executive level professionals and evaluates qualifications and “fit” with the client organizations’ needs; prepares oral and written candidate assessments, presentations and recommendations; and manages the expectations of clients and candidates to ensure successful experiences. Danisha works collaboratively with Nonprofit HR’s executive search practice leader on search strategy and business development initiatives.
Danisha has over seven years of experience in search, talent acquisition, and human resources. Danisha has successfully managed the staffing and recruitment needs for clients ranging from small and mid-sized operations to Fortune 500 organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She is gifted in assessing talent, adept in relationship-building and known for her professionalism and creative strategic approach.
Committed to providing relevant content to the business community, Danisha developed and hosted an online interview series devoted to the impact of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also co-designed and facilitated a quarterly live seminar geared toward the needs of executive-level human resource professionals in career transition. She has partnered with clients such as Johns Hopkins University, National Academy of Sciences, HSC Health Care System, Amtrak and The Wills Group. Her previous employers include local recruitment firms, CitiFinancial, Pepsi Bottling Group and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
When Danisha is not on her headset recruiting advanced talent for progressive employers, she is spending time with her family at their D.C. home, volunteering her time to serve her community or doing quadruple spins on a nearby salsa dance floor.
As a Search Consultant, Sophia LaFontant, CSP, finds the best and brightest candidates to fulfill employment opportunities for Impact Search Advisors’ clients. She is passionate about the professional development of new candidates and the growth of the Talent Acquisition Practice Area.
Sophia has a diverse professional background and started her career as an investigator for the Attorney General of the State of Florida before transitioning to human resources at the Department of Homeland Security. She also worked as a recruiter with the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia and D.C. Courts and helped increase diversity within both agencies by expanding partnerships with 52 targeted educational institutions and associations. Her expertise includes establishing talent acquisition initiatives targeting diversity; designing interactive training methods; and administering payroll, benefits and retirement.
Sophia received a Bachelor of Science from the Florida State University in Psychology and Criminology.
Sophia holds her Certified Staffing Professional credential from the American Staffing Association and has conducted career information sessions, served as a panelist and presenter at conferences and participated in numerous career fairs as a recruiter. Also, she currently serves as a volunteer with D.C. Public Schools within a nonprofit organization that enriches young lives through entrepreneurship, health, mental wellness and life skills development. She holds certifications for Personal Training and Yoga Instruction.
Diane, as an Associate Search Consultant, serves as a conduit linking talented people with meaningful opportunities. She sources for qualified talent and fills our clients’ temp-to-hire and direct hire needs. Diane has over seven years of combined experience in talent acquisition and as a communications specialist in the nonprofit sector. Prior to Nonprofit HR, Diane served as a Technical Acquisition Specialist for Oakland Consulting Group where she worked with mid-level to senior IT professionals. She also worked as an Admissions Recruiter at Frostburg State University.
Diane holds a master’s degree in Marketing Management from the University of Maryland University College and has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Frostburg State University.
When she is not sourcing for top talent, Diane enjoys engaging in community volunteer efforts, indulging in all things beauty and fashion on YouTube and traveling.
Lisa offers clients more than 25 years of experience in global benefits, compensation and HRIS, with unique expertise in global compensation strategy, program design and operations. Known to bring a strong service orientation to every project she touches, Lisa a critical thinker who thoughtfully develops programs that are differentiating for clients and their employees, alike. Lisa’s toolbox is well-equipped, bringing clients stellar services on program design, systems implementation, vendor selection and management, HR policy development, as well as written and verbal communication and staff management.
Prior to joining the team at Nonprofit HR, she stood in the shoes of clients, complimenting her holistic, consultative approach to business. Also, Lisa held multiple roles within Pathfinder International for nearly 10 years, culminating in role as Director, Total Rewards and HRIS, through which she paved the way for the company’s first global Total Rewards structure. Lisa has also held roles with Staples, Inc., TRW Inc., Arthur D. Little and SMOC (a Massachusetts-based, human services nonprofit). Lisa is often invited to serve as both a panelist and speaker at industry events hosted by Humentum and Birches Group.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science and Speech (B.S.S.P) in Business Communications from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts. She is also an active member of Humentum, SHRM and the New England Benefits Council.
Emily Holthaus is known for collaborating with organizations to design organizational strategy and implement leadership development solutions toward the outcomes of greater equity, inclusion and human capital engagement in both physical and virtual environments. Prior to serving as Nonprofit HR’s lead Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant, Emily served as the Director of Multicultural Leadership Development for YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) where she worked to identify, engage, inspire, develop and retain multicultural staff to ensure the leadership of YMCAs reflects the diverse communities they serve. Emily was also a key member of the Y-USA’s Talent & Knowledge Management senior team that led the development of strategy and implementation of training solutions to support a nationwide workforce of more than 250,000 employees.
She holds a bacehlor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Concordia University. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art and music, playing sports, traveling and spending quality time with her husband Chad and young sons Jack and Cameron.
Atokatha brings over 20 years of experience designing, implementing and promoting data-driven marketing best practices across the full range of marketing and communications for nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
Her most recent role, prior to Nonprofit HR, was as Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Community Engagement with the International Economic Development Council. Atokatha has also worked with ICMA, Smithsonian Institution, Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc. and several other social-impact organizations. She also has experience in supplier diversity, having built tier I and tier II minority business relations with Fortune 500 companies. She has represented various firms through the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s national and state affiliations.
The former CEO of Brandbuilder, a full services communication and marketing firm, she has led consultants who are focused on vision and mission mapping, strategic communication, branding and marketing projects management. Atokatha is a 10-year columnist for Minority Business Entrepreneur magazine; co-author of two small business publications, Seen and Sustained and The Balancing Act; an international speaker; and adjunct professor.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Marymount University and an MBA in International Business from Trinity University. Atokatha is pursuing a doctoral degree in Business Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s in Washington, DC.
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