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About Larry Slesinger

Larry H. Slesinger is an executive search consultant who helps foundations, associations, and other nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area recruit talented people for key leadership and management positions.  Since launching Slesinger Management Services in 1999, he has completed more than 110 searches for local, national, and international nonprofits that work in arts and culture, health, human services, international development, and other areas.Larry

His searches are for a range of senior staff positions, including CEO, COO, CFO, and vice presidents for programs, communications, marketing, and fundraising.  For a list of completed searches, go to

Besides conducting searches, Mr. Slesinger also provides other management services for nonprofit organizations.  For example, he serves as the part-time administrator of the INCAE Foundation, which assists INCAE, the highly-regarded graduate school of business in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Prior to launching his executive search firm, Mr. Slesinger spent 18 years with a variety of organizations, primarily in the nonprofit sector.  He was special assistant to the president of the Inter-American Foundation, program officer of the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, vice president of BoardSource (then called the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, where he was part of the initial staff and served as the #2 staff person for 10 years), and vice president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Mr. Slesinger is the author of the Search: Winning Strategies to Get Your Next Job in the Nonprofit World, a book that was published in 2004 and is available at his website.  He is also the author of Self-Assessment for Nonprofit Governing Boards and co-author of the first edition of A Snapshot of America’s Nonprofit Boards: Results of a National Survey, both published by BoardSource.  He has also written several articles on the job search process; they are posted on his website.

Mr. Slesinger, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He and his family live in Bethesda, Maryland.

(March, 2016)











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