Shelli Herman

As the founder of Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc., Shelli Herman has a record of leading successful executive level searches for nonprofit organizations spanning more than 25 years. Championing a customized, client centered approach, Shelli brings creativity, innovation, and tenacity to each search, utilizing her strong knowledge of market intelligence and demonstrated history of building executive teams across academic, arts and cultural, scientific, philanthropic, and service-centric mission-driven organizations nationally. The firm’s attention to client satisfaction and organizational culture, ability to identify high caliber candidates in vastly competitive markets, and expertise in the execution of complex searches with multiple stakeholders make her a valued partner throughout the search process, providing organizational assessment, succession planning, and board management. Shelli Herman and Associates’ work is supported by the firm’s in-house diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, who works with clients to identify and correct for unconscious bias, evaluate client readiness for a diverse hire, and guarantee a fair process from the beginning—ensuring our clients receive every possible support during the search process.

Before establishing her own firm in 2010, Shelli spent 15 years with another retained search firm as a senior vice president. Prior to her career in executive search, she held significant management positions at both the University of Florida and Loyola Marymount University.

Shelli is a thought leader, regularly contributing articles and speaking on panels regarding career development and higher education leadership. In keeping with the company’s dedication to nonprofits, Shelli is a prominent volunteer in the Los Angeles community as vice president of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Bureau. For 12 years, Shelli also helped guide the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) as a member of the Board of Directors; DWC works to eradicate homelessness for women on Skid Row in Los Angeles. She is active in the Junior League of Los Angeles, a volunteer organization for women focusing on leadership and service to the community, and has served several terms on the Board of Directors. Finally, Ms. Herman is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the Foundation of the Wichita State University.

Shelli has a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Wichita State University and a master’s in administration from Bowling Green State University.

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