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Fisher Associates is a boutique executive search firm with proven success finding talented leaders for organizations that strive to make the world a better place.
We have several decades of experience conducting searches and placing executive- and senior-level talent with clients in the social, private, and public sectors. 

Areas of Expertise


  • Social Impact

  • Philanthropy

  • Equity and Inclusion

  • Education

  • Healthcare

Finding Leaders with Purpose is what makes us tick. 
About Us

Who We Are

We are dedicated to being of service and supporting our clients in their quest to hire exceptional leaders. We do our best work when aligned with our client’s mission and values, and we are deliberate about partnering with clients committed to making a positive difference in society.


How We Work

We are committed to excellence in our care for clients and candidates, search execution and delivery, and executive placements. We are keenly aware that our client's future and ability to make a meaningful impact is determined by having the right talent. We strive to fulfill these responsibilities and always do our best to help ensure their success and long-term viability.



Lisa Fisher

Lisa Fisher has over thirty years of experience leading executive search engagements for clients across sectors, functions, and geographies. She is passionate about helping organizations, people, and communities realize their full potential. She is deeply committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and creating a just society that works for all.


In 2011, Lisa formed Fisher Associates to provide client-centered executive search consulting services to mission-driven organizations. Lisa has also partnered with other boutique firms on search engagements for clients across industries and sectors.


Earlier, Lisa was a search consultant in Heidrick & Struggles' Washington, DC office and a Global Financial Services Practice and Diversity Services group member. She joined Heidrick & Struggles after working in the financial services industry.


Lisa also served as a senior advisor to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) chair. She launched and led the Freedom to Compete Initiative, an education and outreach program designed to promote diversity, fair and inclusive employment practices, and proactively prevent discrimination in the workplace.


Lisa holds a bachelor in communications from Howard University.


Jeri Flood 

Jeri Flood is a marketing and research consultant with broad experience in hospitality, media, healthcare, education, and executive search.


Jeri began her career as a marketer with Marriott International in the Washington, DC area, beginning as a market analyst and grew to become a Vice President of Marketing within the lodging division.

After Marriott, Jeri served as Director of Consumer Marketing for The Washington Post, responsible for leading marketing strategies to grow its readership.


She later became an independent marketing consultant and subsequently expanded her consulting practice to include executive search firms.

Jeri has an MBA from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




Our Approach


We fully understand that hiring a new executive will set in motion a series of related events, decisions, directives, actions, and reactions that will build upon one another for many years. 
Our approach to every search engagement is responsive, client-centric, creative, and solutions- and outcomes-driven.  We will objectively assess each client's spoken and unspoken requirements and then identify, gain access to, and attract the most talented leaders with the experience and qualifications best suited to the organization's needs. 
We serve as a thoughtful and collaborative search partner and engage in a high level of consultation and communication while following a sequence of steps to assure a timely and successful outcome.

Search Steps


Weeks 1 - 2

Understand Your Needs

Weeks 2 - 3

Develop a Position Profile and Search Strategy

Weeks 3 - 6

Identify and Engage Candidates


Calibrate Search

Weeks 6 - 8

Assess and Present Candidates

Weeks 8 -10

Facilitate Client-Candidate Interviews

Weeks 10 -12

Conduct Reference Checks

Weeks 10 - 12

Facilitate and Negotiate Offer

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Beneficial State Foundation
Oakland, CA

  • Senior Vice President, Clean Vehicle Assistance Program 

  • Director of Talent & Culture 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

Durham, NC

  • Director, Early Childhood

California Health Care Foundation
Oakland, CA

  • Board Members

  • Chief Financial Officer 

The Duke Endowment

Charlotte, NC

  • Program Officer – Child and Family Well-Being 

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Kansas City, MO

  • Senior Director - Entrepreneurship

  • Senior Director - Education

  • Senior Director for Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Great Jobs KC
Kansas City, MO

  • Chief Executive Officer 

  • Chief Talent Officer

  • Senior Director, Employer Network 

  • Senior Director, Information Technology

  • Senior Director, Talent 

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME)

Richmond, VA

  • Executive Director


Living Cities

New York, NY, and Washington, DC

  • Director, Racial Wealth Equity Center of Excellence

  • Chief Strategy Officer

  • Talent & Organizational Development Leader

  • Director, Strategy – Closing the Gaps Network (Homeownership)

  • Associate Director - Capital for the New Majority


Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Winston-Salem, NC

  • People and Culture Officer

  • Impact Investment Officer 


Phalen Leadership Academies

Indianapolis, IN

  • Chief Philanthropy Officer 

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