Katherine Armstrong

Katherine is a purpose-driven leader who leverages her deep expertise in parterning with boards and senior executive teams to advise social impact, arts, and cultural organizations on complex leadership changes.

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Katherine Armstrong leads the global Arts and Culture practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, and advises leading nonprofit organizations on a range of leadership issues and challenges. She specializes in working with cultural, educational, and philanthropic institutions. She brings particular expertise in the visual and performing arts, as well as a track record of partnering with natural history and STEM museums, historic preservation organizations, and other cultural institutions. Katherine has also conducted a wide range of executive searches for conservation and social justice organizations. She focuses primarily on CEO searches, and has extensive experience around succession planning and governance, as well as the recruitment of transformational executive teams. Katherine is also a member of the firm’s Education, Diversity and Inclusion, and Social Justice practices.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Katherine was with Dunleavy & Associates, where she specialized in providing professional services to nonprofit organizations, as well as leading engagements focused on strategic planning, marketing and fundraising. She has an extensive record of working with executive leadership teams and boards of nonprofit organizations at local, regional and national levels, spanning health and human services, mental and behavioral healthcare, economic and community development, cultural and educational institutions, and national foundations. During her tenure with Dunleavy & Associates, Katherine also co-authored a book with the CEO of a long-time client in the mental and behavioral health space.

Katherine holds a BA in art history from Bowdoin College. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Waynflete School.
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Areas of Expertise

Arts and Culture Board Director and Chair Search Board Effectiveness Board of Directors CEO Succession Chief Executive Officers Development and Transition Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Executive Search Leisure and Hospitality Social Impact

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Katherine is a member of the board of trustees for the Waynflete School. She previously served as president of the Bowdoin Club in Philadelphia and as a board member and events committee co-chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Network.