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James Abruzzo
Consultant to Nonprofit Organizations

Strengthening the leadership in nonprofit organizations through nonprofit executive search, nonprofit executive compensation and ethical leadership.

For more than 35 years, James has been recognized for his work in the nonprofit sector, including nonprofit executive search, management consulting, nonprofit executive compensation consulting, ethical leadership, succession planning, writing, research, public speaking, and as an expert witness.

James consults with boards and CEOs on some of the most important leadership issues effecting the nonprofit sector. He is author of dozens of articles, presenter at conferences, news commentator, expert witness, and guest lecturer around the world.

DHR International

James serves as global managing partner of DHR International’s global Nonprofit Practice, based in the firm’s New York, NY office. DHR International is the largest privately-held full-service executive search firm, with offices around the globe.  As Global Head, he leads a team of consultants who, together with James, tackle searches for the C-suite executives in the nonprofit sector.  He has more than 35 years of experience as an executive search consultant to nonprofit organizations.  More

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership

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, develop a generation of diverse leaders in the arts and provide ethical leadership consulting.

Abruzzo Associates

As founder and President, James conducts compensation consulting and contract negotiations and leads strategy consulting assignments, and facilitates board retreats, reorganizations, and human resource alignment.  More

University Affiliations

James is on the faculty of Rutgers Business School, serves on the faculty of the Department of Economics, University of Bologna, and is a frequent guest lecturer at the Freie Universität of Berlin. He also serves as an advisor to the international Arts Management Program.  More

“James’ perspective spans all of the nonprofit sectors, including performing arts and museums, foundations, social service organizations, and educational institutions.”

CEO’s & Board Chairs

Working with CEOs and board chairs, James’ client list is a Who’s Who of the nonprofit world, ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Royal Opera House in Oman, from the Houston Symphony Orchestra to the Mystic Aquarium in CT.

His skills and hands-on experience in executive compensation and recruitment, and his expertise in ethical leadership make him a highly sought after nonprofit management advisor. Feel free to 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.