Laurie L. Nash
Laurie is a member of the Nonprofit sector and leads the firm's Cultural practice. She is also part of the Digital Transformation and Diversity and Inclusion practices. Laurie is based in San Francisco.
Laurie advises leading nonprofit organizations on senior leadership recruitments with a particular focus on philanthropic, cultural and environmental arenas as well as advocacy organizations of all kinds. Her longstanding relationships with board of directors and institutional search committees enable her to counsel clients on a wide range of issues including board governance, succession planning, diversity and inclusion and digital transformation. She also has a vast network of clients on a national and global scale.
Recent Client Experience
Laurie has recruited the Chief Executive Officers for leading foundations, cultural organizations and environmental and advocacy entities. She has advised both private and public foundations in identifying top leadership. In the cultural domain, she has worked with top museums who focus on fine arts, science and natural history as well as libraries, historic homes and a broad range of performing arts organizations. Her conservation clients range from national parks to key environmental funders as well as organizations dedicated to the preservation of regional lands and culture. On the advocacy front, she has led efforts to identify the next generation of leaders committed to furthering economic, racial and gender equity.
Laurie has more than fifteen years of executive search experience, and joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 2008 to lead the Cultural Institutions practice. She was based in New York City until 2012 and then went on to lead the San Francisco office for the firm. She now resides in the Bay Area and is focused on executive search and board advisory consulting. She began her career at independent secondary schools, including the Groton School and Albuquerque Academy. After attending business school, she worked for technology-related companies, including AOL, Diamond Cluster International, and DoubleClick, where she was involved in client services, business development, and management consulting.
Additional Professional Activities
Laurie serves on the Advisory Council of the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Laurie received her B.A. in History from Yale University and earned her M.B.A. from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Education, Nonprofit, Arts and Culture