Debra Oppenheim, who has been in executive search since 1976, is a co-founder with Jane Phillips Donaldson of Phillips Oppenheim. She now serves the firm in an advisory capacity, working with organizations and individuals in transition. Throughout the years, she managed searches covering a broad range of nonprofits, locally, nationally and internationally. Before starting Phillips Oppenheim in 1991 to concentrate exclusively on the not-for-profit sector, she oversaw a variety of assignments in the private sector across a broad spectrum of industries and corporations, in addition to leading searches for nonprofits.
Debra, who attended the University of Maryland, lived and worked in London and Frankfurt, where she was a founding partner of a relocation services firm.
At Phillips Oppenheim, we do more than simply find the best chief executive available; we help clients strategically think through and resolve complex internal issues and external challenges that could otherwise impede the outcome of their search.
Jane Phillips Donaldson
Jane Phillips Donaldson has more than 30 years of experience with nonprofit organizations. She cofounded Phillips Oppenheim with Debra Oppenheim in 1991. Previously, she spent over 10 years in college administration as Dean of Admissions at Wesleyan University, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale College and founding Director of Admissions and Placement at the Yale School of Management.
Jane holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, and is chair of the University of Illinois Foundation Board. She is currently a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation and StoryCorps. She is an emerita trustee of the Allen-Stevenson School and is a past board chair of both Jobs for the Future and the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is a past board member of Bennington College.
We combine the professionalism and outreach of a large search firm with the attention and time commitment that only a boutique search firm can provide.
Sarah James has been recruiting for local, national and international nonprofit institutions and corporations since 1996. A generalist, she has recruited chief executives for leading arts, aid, advocacy, education, environmental, faith-based, healthcare, philanthropic and social service institutions. Since joining Phillips Oppenheim in 2001, she has founded its visual arts practice, recruiting directors for more than one hundred art institutions.
Sarah began her career with the Peace Corps in Mauritania, returning stateside to help co-found Public Allies, a national nonprofit that was awarded the Presidential National Service Medal by the first Clinton Administration. She subsequently helped launch a Latino community development credit union while still in Washington DC. In New York, Sarah developed and directed two business development programs for two mayors, assisting women and minority entrepreneurs and job creation, respectively. She also conceived and implemented for the Museum of African Art a convicted youth docent program as a joint partnership between the Museum and CASES. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley.
Becky Klein has combined search experience with the arts during her professional career. Becky joined Phillips Oppenheim in 1993, became a partner in the firm in 2000 and serves as the firm's managing partner. While bringing a special focus on cultural institutions, Becky has worked with a diverse range of clients including foundations, social justice, advocacy organizations and academic institutions across the United States and internationally.
Prior to Phillips Oppenheim, Becky spent seven years as a senior research associate with the executive search firm SpencerStuart. Before entering the search world, Becky spent nine years as a freelance theatrical stage manager. She stage-managed productions across the United States and overseas ranging from theater to dance and opera. Based in Los Angeles for five years, Becky worked with the Mark Taper Forum and Los Angeles Ballet. She also worked with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre and The Santa Fe Opera, and has toured across the United States and internationally.
Becky is a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University and serves on the board of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women.
Susan L. Meade
Susan Meade joined Phillips Oppenheim after a career as a government affairs executive in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Phillips Oppenheim, Susan was a Senior Vice President in the Government Affairs Group at JPMorgan Chase, where she led multiple policy and public affairs initiatives on behalf of the financial services industry. During her tenure with JPMorgan and its predecessor banks, she was responsible for directing the bank's legislative and political programs on both the federal and state levels.
Susan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a BA in political science. She is a founding member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, and a former Executive Committee member. She is an Advisory Board member of the Atlantic Legal Foundation and for over last ten years served on the Board of the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, DC.
Adelaide K. Jones
Addie Jones has been a Principal, on a project basis, with Phillips Oppenheim since 1992. Before that she spent 10 years at Harvard University as an administrator where she designed and ran the first Career Services Office at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and then served as the Director of Admissions for the graduate program in International Law at the Harvard Law School.
Addie worked with Lee Hecht Harrison Associates, conducting career development seminars for both small- and large-scale employee reductions in work force. She began her career in Massachusetts state government, at the Executive Office of Human Services.
Addie attended the University of Michigan and Tuskegee University as an undergraduate, receiving her BA degree from Tuskegee and Southern Illinois University where she received her MS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and interned in a minimum security prison for adult male offenders.
Addie recently completed a ten year term on the Board of the King School, an independent K-12 day school in Stamford, Connecticut. During her term she served both as Chair of the Board and Chair of the school's capital campaign. She is a former Board member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and of St. Aloysius School in Manhattan. She is currently a board member of StoryCorps, where she serves on the Executive committee.
Over a 25-year period, Paul Spivey has enjoyed leadership roles in management, administration, program development and financial stewardship in the philanthropic and broader nonprofit sector.
Before joining Phillips Oppenheim as a search consultant, Paul advised a broad range of nonprofit clients on issues ranging from donor development to board governance. Paul also served as President of the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children, supporting education, youth development and financial literacy. Prior to joining Gould, Paul was Executive Director of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, committed to the achievement of low-income students. Paul's year as a human rights worker for the Black Sash in South Africa in the late 1980's inspired him to support underserved youth both abroad and at home. Immediately following his graduation from college, Paul worked as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs.
Paul has served on over 20 boards in the fields of philanthropy, education, social services and arts and culture. Currently, he serves of the boards of Exponent Philanthropy, New York City Center and the TEAK Fellowship. Prior board service includes serving as chair of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Secretary of the Council on Foundations and as a member of the boards of Uncommon Schools, Coro Eastern Center and the Ackerman Institute for the Family.
As a loyal alumnus, Paul has also served on the boards of Eaglebrook School and Wesleyan University while representing St. Paul's School as an Alumni Regional Representative.
Mark J. Tarnacki
Mark J. Tarnacki has led executive searches in the nonprofit, financial services and media sectors for over twenty years. Since joining Phillips Oppenheim in 2001, Mark has developed an extensive track record of success recruiting Chief Executives, COOs and CFOs for a broad range of clients including, but not limited to community and economic development, philanthropy, museums and other cultural institutions and environmental, conservation and preservation organizations.
Following his earlier career in student services at Ashland University and Drew University, where he developed residential education, cultural and community engagement programming, Mark worked with Bishop Partners, an executive search firm specializing in media and entertainment, and with the Wall Street-based recruiter Sullivan & Company, which has since merged with Hedrick and Struggles.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rutgers College and a master's degree in college student development from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is a former Board member and Program Director of the Executive Search Roundtable.
Angela G. Henry
Angela has been an executive search consultant for almost two decades, with most of those years at Phillips Oppenheim. Before becoming a search consultant, Angela was a senior administrator in nonprofit organizations focused on education, women, children and human rights, including Director of Operations for the Mali field office of CARE in West Africa. A native New Yorker, Angela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She sits on three boards and is a life member of the Women's City Club of New York.
Sandi Haynes has spent the last two decades serving the nonprofit field, with a specific emphasis on the cultural industry. Her background includes program development, organizational development, fundraising, marketing and event planning. Sandi spent five years at Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), where as Director of Development she was responsible for DTH's annual and capital campaigns. She also served as a Program Director for The Arts and Business Council, designing and implementing programs which strengthened the links between NYC's corporate and arts communities.
Sandi joined Phillips Oppenheim as a Principal in 1994 and has worked across the firm's broad spectrum of service areas, including: arts and culture, international development, philanthropy, education, community building, women's issues, youth development, and public policy. In 2006/2007, Sandi spent almost a year with the Ford Foundation, where she oversaw domestic and global program recruitment – expanding her field of issue areas to include human rights, assets building, sexuality and reproductive health, and governance and civil society.
Finally, Sandi has also pursued entrepreneurial interests focused on the advancement of cultural development. She partnered with the Ford Foundation on its development of the World Culture Forum, and with the former Arts International on its Women's Voices: Africa Program. She maintains ongoing relationships with individuals and organizations around the world seeking to enhance the lives of artisans and culture workers.
Sandi holds a bachelor's degree in public policy from Duke University and an MBA with a specialization in arts management from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Susan Gluck Pappajohn
Susan is a seasoned executive whose multi-faceted career has spanned the arts, technology and non-profit sectors working for companies such as the New York City Ballet, Time Warner, IBM and, more recently, the executive search firms Phillips Oppenheim and Heidrick & Struggles.
Susan joined the New York City Ballet at 17 and danced for eight years under the leadership of George Balanchine, Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins performing in numerous leading roles.
After her performing career, Susan received a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School. After Wharton, Susan co-founded Time Warner Electronic Publishing, one of Time Warner's first digital media groups. Susan later joined IBM where she was the General Manager of IBM Consumer Software, a Corporate Marketing Director overseeing global brand licensing (reporting directly to IBM's CMO), and VP, Marketing Management for IBM Global Services, IBM's largest division.
For the past decade, Susan has been deeply involved in helping mission-driven organizations achieve their goals. She has worked as both a consultant and board member serving the cultural, health, education and social service sectors. Susan originally joined Phillips Oppenheim as a Principal in 2008. In 2019, she returned to the firm as a leadership and organizational consultant.
Susan is a Trustee of the George Balanchine Trust, Vice-Chair of Dance/NYC and a Director of The Joyce Theater Foundation and Professional Children's School.