James Abruzzo Consultant to Nonprofit Boards and CEOs

Nonprofit Executive Leadership is in high demand and short supply. You need a proven firm, with an outstanding track record and industry credibility that can work with you to recruit the best leader.

Professional Services

With 35+ years of experience, James offers the following services

Nonprofit Executive Search

James has conducted hundreds of nonprofit executive searches and consulting projects.  More Info

Nonprofit Executive Compensation

James is also a trained management consultant known for his work in nonprofit executive compensation More Info


Insuring outstanding management leadership is arguably the single most important responsibility of the nonprofit board. The CEO, more than any other person or group, manages the financial affairs and shapes…

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Leading the 21st Century Zoo and Aquarium

Recruiting and retaining a President is the major challenge facing the board of azoo or aquarium. There are many factors that make the challenge even greater compared to a search for C-level executives in more traditional businesses…

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Selecting the Ideal Museum Director

Selecting the ideal director is the most important responsibility of the museum board. The best directors strengthen the institution, motivate the staff, energize the collections, encourage the board and change the community…

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Negotiating the Nonprofit CEO Contract

The non-profit board’s most important decision is hiring or extending the contract of the CEO. And for the prospective or sitting CEO, there is no more important decision than either accepting the position or extending its term…

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About James

James has more than 35 years experience as a nonprofit executive search consultant recruiting CEOs to nonprofit organizations, including performing and visual arts organizations, social service organizations, NGOs, foundations, trade associations, and universities. James is also an expert in nonprofit compensation consulting and provides best practices support to boards of directors and negotiates employment contracts for boards with their CEOs, for CEOs with their boards, and sometimes, represents both sides in an executive compensation negotiation Read More


“No one knows the nonprofit world like James, so he own one of the best Nonprofit Recruiting Firms. His work as a compensation consultant is deep, targeted, efficient and thoughtful. He’s a great communicator with Board leadership and oversight committees. He’s been a valued business resource to me for decades.”

Bobbie Arbesfeld
Executive Vice President & COO, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

“The competition for talent is so great, we wanted to insure that we could keep our executive director for as long as possible. James helped us institute some compensation programs that were a strong incentive for our CEO to remain.”

Board Chair
Mid-sized Association

“James was particularly helpful to our organization in organizing a much needed Compensation Committee of the Board of Trustees, benchmarking salaries, and helping the Board to think through the senior professional positions needed for the organization.”

Stephen Coan
President and CEO, Sea Research Foundation

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As an industry thought leader, James has written extensively about the nonprofit sector.   View All

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