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Endowments & Foundations Executive Search


Identifying and attracting top-flight investment talent is crucial to ensuring the sustained growth of the investment portfolios.

EFL Associates’ Endowments & Foundations talent management practice specializes in placing investment professionals with experience in all aspects of portfolio construction and investment management. 

Areas of Expertise

Senior level executive searches for institutional investors is one of our firm’s “sweet spots”. We have successfully placed leaders in nearly every key position at institutional investment organizations throughout the country over the past 40+ years. We are routinely called upon to assist clients with the selection of their:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • President
  • Executive Director
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Chief Advancement/Development Officer
  • Chief of Grants
  • Chief Research Officer
  • Chief Talent Officer
  • Vice President - Human Resources
  • Vice President of Programs
  • Deputy Chief Investment Officer
  • Public & Private Asset Portfolio Managers


Why EFL Associates?

EFL Associates has extensive experience assisting institutional asset owners - Endowments, Foundations, and Pension Plans - of all sizes identify and attract exceptional professionals to fill key leadership roles. Our Consultants partner with our clients, from start to successful completion, on every search to ensure the selection of the ideal candidate for your organization’s needs.

National Recruiting Scope

We have a national reputation with clients across the country while maintaining the personal attentiveness of a smaller firm. EFL Associates possesses first rate information technology resources, including our proprietary database of more than 500,000 professional contacts/candidates. However, any search conducted by EFL Associates relies upon original research to identify and network with top professionals in each industry or discipline.

Research Capability

Our firm employs an in-house research team, comprised of trained professionals, who conduct custom, original research to identify and network with potential candidates and sources of candidates. This research is never outsourced or off-shored – unlike other firms in the industry. These efforts are crucial to tapping into that “hidden pool” of potential candidates not actively -pursuing job postings or announcements.

Consultative Orientation

At EFL Associates, we take our “consultant” role to heart. We’re pleased to offer clients time-honored counsel at all stages of the search process. We understand the unique dynamics and nuanced issues of shepherding searches through to conclusion.

Diversity & Longevity Success

Our firm takes pride in its outstanding record of success in identifying diversity candidates and candidate longevity. Over the past 15 years, 53% of our searches have been filled by diverse candidates. This statistic is even more impressive in the last year as 71% of placements were either gender or culturally diverse. Additionally, in searches we completed more than five years ago, 67% of our placements remained in their positions for five or more years and many are still in their roles today.


Connect with a Practice Leader

Dan Cummings
Vice President

Angie Salmon
Endowment & Foundation Board Search

Our consultants have successfully placed leaders in nearly every key position at fiduciary organizations over the past 40+ years. We leverage a global pool of diverse talent to find the right leadership candidates for clients of Endowments, Foundations and Pension Plans.