LeaderFit is an executive search firm for mission-driven organizations.

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Our Value Proposition

LeaderFit partners with executives and Boards of mission-driven organizations to discover, evaluate, and select extraordinary leadership talent.

We invest significant time and energy to become trusted advisors to our clients, and we work hard to understand each client’s unique culture, strategic objectives, program offerings, and talent needs.

Nonprofit Expertise

Our team’s extensive experience as nonprofit leaders, Board members, and volunteers has given us first-hand knowledge of the sector’s unique challenges and opportunities. Our exclusive focus on the nonprofit sector has further sharpened our knowledge and networks.

Proven Process

Having successfully completed more than 225 searches, we have developed a best practices methodology to maximize our clients’ limited time and resources. We balance discipline, flexibility, and a sense of urgency to lead each search efficiently and create the most value for our clients.

Diverse Network

We have cultivated a network of leaders, not only in the nonprofit sector, but also in business and government, who serve as our connectors to leading talent. In addition to the thousands of candidates who apply to our searches each year, we proactively connect with a diverse selection of top talent.

Associate Location: Washington, DC
Company: LeaderFit
Development Director Location: Preference for Newtown, CT
Company: Sandy Hook Promise
Manager, Partnerships and Business Development Location: Washington, DC
Company: Aga Khan Foundation USA
Program Associate Location: Washington, DC
Company: Aga Khan Foundation USA
Manager, Human Resources Location: Washington, DC
Company: Aga Khan Foundation USA
Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Lifeline Location: Washington, DC
Company: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Chief Program Officer Location: Washington, D.C.
Company: Exponent Philanthropy
Program Manager Location: Washington, DC
Company: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Chief Financial Officer Location: Washington, DC
Company: Higher Achievement
Chief Medical Officer Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Company: Whitman-Walker Health
Engagement Director Location: preference for Newton, Connecticut
Company: Sandy Hook Promise
Manager, Corporate Partnerships Location: Washington, DC
Company: KaBOOM!
Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships Location: Washington, DC
Company: KaBOOM!
Communications Manager Location: New York, NY, or Washington, DC
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Executive Administrative Assistant Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Grants Manager Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Director of Finance and Administration Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance
Vice President, Local Programs Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Company: My Brother's Keeper Alliance


Kirra Jarratt

Executive Director

DC Bar Foundation

Leigh Cleaver

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Real School Gardens

Kalkidan Gossaye

Managing Director, Growth

Teach for America DC

Rick Cruz

VP, Mission Advancement

America's Promise Alliance

Erin Gore

Associate Director, Development

Malala Fund

Elizabeth Lindsay

Executive Director

Byte Back

Danielle Reyes

Executive Director

Crimsonbridge Foundation

Sultan Shakir

Executive Director


Our Approach

1. Understanding Your Needs

Our first step is to learn about your organization's unique culture. We interview key stakeholders to understand the ideal candidate’s experience, skills, and personal attributes. We develop a position description for advertising the role in addition to an internal tool for evaluating and comparing top candidates.

2. Sourcing Top Talent

To develop a robust and diverse pipeline of highly qualified candidates, we build our sourcing strategy in a few different ways. First, we contact our extensive network of executives and key thought leaders across the nonprofit sector. Next, we conduct in-depth research to look for new sources of talent. Then, we place targeted advertisements to generate leads from outside our network.

3. Evaluating Candidates

Leveraging our researched-backed interview methodology, we carefully evaluate and assess each candidate. We select the top candidates for you or your search committee to interview. We then prepare your team with the information and tools to conduct a thorough evaluation. We also conduct detailed reference and background checks, as necessary, to ensure proper due diligence.

4. Negotiating the Offer

Finally, we help you craft a competitive offer and facilitate negotiations with the candidate. Since we get to know your organization and the selected candidate so well during the recruiting process, we are well-positioned to develop an onboarding plan to ensure a successful transition.

Our team

Katie McNerney, Partner

Katie founded LeaderFit in 2009 with a passion for finding an efficient and cost-effective way for nonprofits to recruit top talent. Katie's previous experience includes strategy consulting and executive coaching at Community Wealth Partners, managing a B2B marketing program at eBay, and leading client engagements at Corporate Executive Board. She also served as the founding CEO of EdFuel, a nonprofit that attracts and trains new talent for leadership roles in the education reform sector. Katie earned a BA at UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA at Harvard Business School. She volunteers with Girls on the Run and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2014.

Annie Linehan Czerwinski, Partner

Prior to joining LeaderFit, Annie led CityBridge Foundation’s ServiceCorps practice, which designed and implemented corporate civic engagement programs. Annie started her career with AmeriCorps in Washington, D.C., where she taught nutrition through a program developed by the Capital Area Community Food Bank. At UNICEF Argentina, Annie helped build public private partnerships. Her experience also includes corporate marketing with The Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board. Annie earned a BA at the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Public Policy at Georgetown University. She is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Higher Achievement.

Shaina Amaya, Principal

Shaina brings more than a decade of experience in operations, project management and marketing in the private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining LeaderFit, Shaina was the Vice President of Operations for a boutique consulting firm, where she was responsible for financial management, oversight of recruiting and human resources, and support of all marketing and business development. Shaina began her career at Unitus, where she supported the microfinance organization’s marketing and communications. Shaina earned a BA from Western Washington University in Spanish and Latin American Studies.

What Our Clients Say About Us

"LeaderFit helped our Board navigate a challenging leadership transition. They worked tirelessly to identify a diverse group of talented candidates and provided guidance throughout the entire process. When it came time to make our final decision, their insight added a valuable perspective."

Noralisa Leo
Chair, Latino Economic Development Center

"LeaderFit is a terrific partner in the search for a senior executive. They learn the client and its needs, organize and facilitate the search process, and keep the entire Search Committee focused on its goal. And they are nice people to boot. I highly recommend LeaderFit."

Marc L. Fleischaker
Chair, DC Bar Foundation

“I have worked with LeaderFit on several successful searches. They have done a great job identifying candidates from both traditional and non-traditional sources. They are very client-focused – eager to engage in carefully defining both the skills and style that are the best fit for the position but also able to shift gears if the needs change during an assignment. I would be happy to work with them again.”

Michela English
President & CEO, Fight for Children

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