About James Abruzzo

A Leading Advisor to the Nonprofit Sector--“My clients value my integrity, experience, breadth of knowledge and innovative solutions.”

(Influence)-- James Abruzzo’s influence lies at the nexus of the board chair and CEO of nonprofit organizations. For 35 years, he is recognized through executive search, management consulting, compensation consulting, succession planning, writing, research, and speaking. His experience and insight, knowledge, listening skills, and creative strategies are applied when executing executive search and compensation solutions, succession planning, and CEO training and development. As the Founding Managing Director of the DHR International Nonprofit Practice, he leads a team of executives who recruit the best talent to nonprofit organizations. As co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School, he helped create and now leads a university-based program to train nonprofit leaders, provide ethical leadership consulting to corporations, and improve the ethical framework of the students at Rutgers Business School. And as a long time compensation consultant, contract negotiator, succession planner, and expert witness, James continues to work with boards and CEOs on some of the most important leadership issues affecting the nonprofit sector. He is author of dozens of articles, presenter at conferences, news commentator, expert witness, and guest lecturer around the world. (Perspective)-- James’ perspective spans all of the nonprofit sectors – performing arts and museums, foundations, social service organizations, and educational institutions. He brings his vision and knowledge of the entire sector to each of his clients. (CEO’s and Board Chairs)-- Working with CEOs and board chairs, ranging from the New York City Ballet to the Royal Opera House in Oman, from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to the Greater St. Louis United Way, the Terra Foundation for American Art to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, The Association of Science and Technology Centers as well as the Association of Executive Search Consultants, James Abruzzo’s client list is a Who’s Who of the nonprofit world. His skills and hands-on experience in executive compensation and recruitment, academia, and ethical leadership make him a sought after nonprofit management advisor. Peruse this website to discover James’ breadth of experience and how he can work with you to maximize the benefits your organization can give to the world.

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