Egmont Associates is a full-service retained national executive search firm. We exclusively serve nonprofit organizations seeking CEOs.
Susan Egmont, Principal, founded Egmont Associates in 1999. As a former executive of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Susan recognized the most vital element in organizational success to be a tight fit between the CEO’s skills and the organization’s strategic needs. During an executive transition, the Board of Directors and senior staff must be in tune with what it will take to serve their community and achieve their goals. Susan saw the opportunity to support nonprofits to ensure that new leadership meets the demands of organizations seeking to become or remain strong, effective nonprofits. By accepting only CEO searches, her understanding of the needs of executives and leaders has filled a unique niche in the search field.
Bringing leadership experience in all aspects of nonprofit management – board development, program management, evaluation, finance, human resources, fund development, training, marketing, and operations – Susan provides a deep understanding of the challenges organizations face during executive transition. She has completed more than 200 successful searches in organizations focused on human services of all types: education, the environment, civic engagement, healthcare, and arts and culture nationally and internationally.
Prior to founding Egmont Associates, Susan was responsible for implementation of School-to-Career reforms in the high schools of the Boston Public Schools at The Boston Private Industry Council. As director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ foundation, she designed and directed a mobile health care program and built support for a successful campaign to restructure state health insurance for children. At the Atlanta Community Food Bank, she developed the organization from start-up to recognition as Atlanta’s ‘best managed non-profit.’ Her previous for-profit positions included leadership in advertising and manufacturing.
Susan is active in local and national nonprofit networks and in the development of the broad nonprofit sector. She holds an MBA from Emory University and was a founding board member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. She is a frequent speaker on executive leadership transition.
Susan is a co-author with Barry Dym and Laura Watkins of Managing Leadership Transition in Nonprofits: Passing the Torch to Sustain Organizational Excellence which is available from FT Press and on Amazon.com.
Susan Barry, Executive Search Consultant
Susan Barry joined Egmont Associates in 2019, expanding Egmont Associates’ capacity, reach and expertise. She brings 35 years of nonprofit sector experience including leadership roles with three community foundations. Her expertise includes strategic planning, brand identity, and program expansion as well as nonprofit governance and work with executive-level candidates. Susan hails from Providence, Rhode Island and was the Director of Development at The Rhode Island Foundation from 1999-2003. She was placed by Egmont Associates as CEO of the York County Community Foundation (Pennsylvania) and served from 2003-2008, doubling the assets and grantmaking.
Most recently, she was the CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville (Kentucky) from 2009-2019 and grew the Foundation’s assets from $260 million to $550 million. Susan holds a BA degree in journalism from Marquette University and a JD from Western Michigan University. She has been an active board member of nonprofits including the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Louisville and Evolve 502, a community-wide initiative focused on college attainment. She has served as Executive Director of nonprofits focused on domestic violence, substance abuse treatment, and mental health and was a Policy Associate in the Rhode Island Governor’s Office.