James Abruzzo

Vice Chairman

James serves as Vice Chairman, based in New York City. He is a member of the Nonprofit, Nonprofit Leadership Consulting and Board & CEO practices. He founded the Nonprofit practice in 2001.

James Abruzzo

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With 40 years of experience as an Executive Search and Management Consultant to nonprofit organizations, James’ clients span the nonprofit spectrum — cultural organizations, zoos and aquariums, national health services, universities, social services, international relief organizations and trade associations. Having completed over 500 senior executive searches, he is recognized for his work with nonprofit boards on succession planning, strategy and executive compensation. He is also responsible for recruiting new Partners, developing intellectual capital and representing the firm at nonprofit industry forums.

James co-founded The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School in 2003. This center hosts symposia and workshops for nonprofit leaders, operates a certificate program in nonprofit leadership, provides consulting to nonprofit organizations and conducts research on critical nonprofit issues. Until his retirement from the institute in December 2017, he also served on the faculty of the Rutgers Business School. From 1985 to 1990, he served on the graduate faculty of Columbia University and the faculty of business schools abroad including the Free University in Berlin, the University of Bologna Graduate School of Economics and, currently, Bocconi SDA, the leading Italian Business School in Milan.


DHR delivers executive search and consulting services across the nonprofit spectrum, including: Conservation Cultural Organizations Economic Development Organizations and Trade Associations Foundations Health Research Human Service International Development and Social Service Organizations Social Justice Women’s Rights and Girls’ Empowerment Youth…
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