The addition of Anderson expands the firm’s capabilities across the civic sector

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – JM Search, a premier retained executive search firm, today announces the hiring of Lionel Anderson as a Principal and a key building block in the firm’s expansion of its team of experts dedicated to the non-profit sector, as well as the recruitment of Human Resources and Diversity Officers.

Anderson brings deep executive search expertise spanning across both higher education and non-profit sectors. Prior to JM Search, Anderson was a Managing Director in the higher education and the non-profit practices at the Diversified Search Group where he served an array of civic sector clients. Most recently, he led inaugural CEO recruitments for two prominent nonprofits – created in partnership between the private sector and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the wake of the 2020 social justice movement – to address racial inequity. Additionally, Lionel has led several HBCU presidency and cabinet-level searches. His roster of clients also includes private equity institutions, foundations, national and local non-profits, liberal arts colleges, and flagship universities.

“I am heartened to join an eminently experienced group of search consultants and look forward to partnering in the expansion of this vitally important practice,” remarked Anderson.

Lionel began his executive search career at Isaacson, Miller following a decade serving as a higher education administrator at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Haverford College. He earned a B.A. as well as an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.

For the last 15 years, Anderson has mentored and coached graduate students enrolled within their Graduate School of Education’s higher education management program. He also served as an inaugural board member of TeenSHARP, a nonprofit college preparatory program for promising low-income students in Philadelphia and Camden. Lionel led efforts to fund the organization’s early college tours with students while simultaneously publishing seasonal op-eds with The New York Times pertaining to undergraduate student success. He is based in Washington, DC.

“I am thrilled to have Lionel join our growing team,” said Louis Montgomery Jr. who leads JM’s Search’s Human Resources and Diversity Officer practice. “Lionel has built a trusted reputation in the retained search world and his experience aligns with our long-standing commitment to deliver the best possible outcome to every client, on each search.”


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