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Professional Services

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

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

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

James co-founded The Institute for Ethical Leadership and serves on the faculty at Rutgers Business School.  More Info

James has served as an expert witness for cases in nonprofit employment, compensation, and governance.  More Info

About James

James has more than 35 years’ experience as an executive search consultant to nonprofit organizations, including social services, universities, arts and cultural institutions, relief foundations, and trade associations. James is also a trained management consultant and is well-known for his work in compensation negotiation for nonprofit executives. In addition, Mr. Abruzzo co-founded The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School, which hosts symposia and workshops for nonprofit leaders.  Read More


“No one knows the nonprofit world like James. 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

Latest From James

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