We Know Nonprofits

BoardWalk Consulting is a national executive search firm that specializes in recruiting CEOs and senior leaders for nonprofits and foundations.  We are seasoned practitioners who have served as nonprofit executives, grant makers and Board leaders for a wide variety of organizations.  Nonprofit leadership is our passion and life’s work.  BoardWalk delivers on its promise: Finding leaders that matter for missions that matter.® 

BoardWalk has led over 200 searches for over 110 distinct clients in 27 states. Our nonprofit clients are national, regional and local.  They have missions that are global, or national, regional or place-based.  Their diversity spans mission, size, culture, challenges and aspirations. In each unique context, BoardWalk’s proactive, comprehensive, client-centered approach delivers leaders who exceed expectations, from the start and over the long haul. 

BoardWalk Consulting was founded in 2002 by Sam Pettway, a 30-year search veteran and former partner of global search firms including Spencer Stuart and Egon Zehnder.  Realizing that his passion was serving organizations that exist to do good, Sam launched the firm and attracted other leaders whose background, passion and commitment enable BoardWalk to deliver on its promise of Finding leaders that matter for missions that matter.®

In partnership with our clients, we recruit leaders who possess the skills, experience, fit and passion essential to advancing their organization’s mission, aspirations and goals.


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