Insights into nonprofit leadership & governance

Letter to a new CEO: Wisdom from the ranks

Career Pathways, a terrific “talent pipeline expansion program” of the Council on Foundations, is now in its sixth year of bolstering inclusive practices and diversity in philanthropic decision-making. (BoardWalk has been pleased to be a supporter from the beginning.) A number of early participants (primarily women and...


MDC President to retire after 20 years

David Dodson, President of MDC in Durham, NC, has announced his plans to retire at the end of June, 2020.  In a statement sent via email, Dodson praised "the powerful work underway in support of our mission to advance equity and opportunity across the South."  Dodson joined MDC in 1987 and has been leading the organization as...


JF Maddox CEO announces retirement

On September 6, the long-time CEO of New Mexico's largest private foundation announced his impending retirement after 25 years of service.  Announcement text here; more info on the foundation and its impact across Lea County and beyond here. BoardWalk Consulting is honored to lead the search for Mr. Reid’s successor. To...


LaRhonda Magras to Lead YWCA Central Alabama as CEO

The Board of Directors of the YWCA Central Alabama is delighted to announce that LaRhonda Magras, EdD., has been elected CEO of the organization, effective September 1, 2019. Currently Senior Vice President, Program & Operations with YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Magras succeeds Yolanda Sullivan, who retired as...


Christy Eckoff Named Managing Director of Atlanta Jewish Foundation

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (Federation) is pleased to announce that Christy Butler Eckoff, J.D., L.L.M., will join the non-profit organization as chief foundation officer and managing director of the Atlanta Jewish Foundation (AJF) on August 12, 2019, following an extensive national search for candidates. “We are...


Diversifying Leadership at Your Nonprofit

By Crystal Stephens and Ayanna Grady-Hunt  In our work with nonprofit organizations, many board leaders express a desire to diversify their leadership team. At BoardWalk, we know that a commitment to diversity is never as simple as one key hire. It requires a willingness to listen and adopt new approaches, a desire to...


Cyril Turner named President of Year Up

After an extensive nationwide search, Year Up has named Cyril Turner as its next President. Turner will succeed Garett Moran, who led the organization's growth and expansion for more than 5 years. Turner comes to Year Up from Delta Air Lines, Inc., where he was President of Delta Global Services and Delta Private Jets. He...


Leslie Gordon Announced As Executive Director of Breman Museum

Concluding a wide-ranging national search, the Board of Directors of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum has unanimously voted to appoint Leslie Gordon, a native of Savannah and an acclaimed Atlanta cultural leader, as its new Executive Director. She will start on February 4, 2019. Ms. Gordon has served as Director of...


Three things we like about our new website (and think you will, too)

By Sam Pettway I admit it. We’re walking around the BoardWalk office feeling a bit like proud parents these days. Instead of balloons, however, we’re passing out links to our newly updated website. Digital communications are not our specialty. We’d far rather be helping our nonprofit clients find the perfect...


Five questions every search committee should ask (of its candidates)

Last month in this space, we offered five questions every search committee should ask (of itself)1, an exercise we recommend every search committee undertake at the very outset of any major executive search. This month, we focus on the more traditional issue of questions addressed to candidates. A quick scan of the Internet...

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