Michael S. Singleton

Michael brings his depth of expertise, clarity of thought and judgment, and thorough approach to process to social impact organizations navigating organizational change.

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Michael Singleton conducts high-profile searches for cultural, philanthropic, and educational institutions. Michael leads the New York Nonprofit Practice, co-leads the firm’s Global Arts & Culture practice, and is a core member of the Board & CEO Advisory Partners at Russell Reynolds Associates.

Based in New York City, Michael excels at working with organizations looking to make an impact in their communities. His clients include organizations across: philanthropy; museums; performing arts; science, conservation, and climate; education; media and conveners; and commercial art enterprises.

As part of his work, Michael has worked with board search committees and senior management teams to recruit impactful, next-generation leaders committed to furthering racial, gender, and economic equity. He specializes in CEO, Executive Director, and Artistic Director searches. He also brings deep expertise in philanthropy and has recruited some of the most prolific fundraisers in the United States.

With more than a decade of executive search experience working with nonprofits, foundations, and cultural institutions, Michael is a trusted leadership advisor to nonprofit CEOs and boards in the United States and globally.

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, Michael lived in the United Kingdom, working as Project Manager for The Rhodes Project. In this role, he led a research initiative exploring the experiences and trajectories of women Rhodes Scholars. Earlier, Michael worked in community and volunteer relations for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC.

Michael holds a BA in English from Yale University.
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Areas of Expertise

Development and Transition Executive Search Leisure and Hospitality Social Impact Trade and Professional Associations

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