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Your Nonprofit Executive Search Firm Partner

We understand mission-driven organizations looking for the unique mix of “head and heart” needed to deliver impact. Our track record recruiting Executive Directors to Chief Development Officers – we understand you want a leader who will embrace your culture, drive your nonprofit mission forward, build trust with all of your stakeholders, and make the world a better place. Let’s connect and see if we can help you.


Clients partner with Herd Freed Hartz for a few key reasons:

Proven Track Record – Since 2001, our firm has successfully worked with 400+ Northwest clients on nationwide, executive-level searches. Forbes also recognized us as the “Top Executive Search Firm in the Northwest” for 3 years in a row.

Results That Matter – We deliver the candidate quality and speed you are looking for. Our “Time to Candidate” average over the last 3 years is 37 days. 95% of candidates we place are still in the role 18 months later. We deliver a high ROI and peace of mind by ensuring you are surrounded by an “A-player” executive leadership team, giving you a competitive advantage.

Recruiting Partnership – Clients enjoy our trusted, long-term partnership that goes beyond just filling the role. We provide customized strategic recruiting insights, methodologies, and best practices, which can be used across all your hiring needs. We believe in the “art of recruiting” by crafting your story in a compelling way, helping you stand out from the pack and attract top-talent you would not find on your own. Our goal is to make working with our team a professional and fun experience.

Pike Place Market

Executive Director
Master Builders Association

Executive Director
Asian Hall of Fame

Executive Director
Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

Chief Executive Officer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


CFO, US Program

VP Finance

Sr. Finance Mgr

Sr Mgr, Global Finance & Acct

Asst Controller

Global Payroll

Accounting Manager

Executive Director (Seattle)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Northwest Harvest

Chief Executive Officer

Recruiting Consulting
Art With Heart

Chief Executive Officer
Volunteers of America

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Executive Officer
The Institute for Functional Medicine

Chief Executive Officer
Seattle City Club

Executive Director
The Dairy Alliance

Chief Executive Officer
Food Northwest

Housing Resource Center

Executive Director
Great Rivers Behavioral Health

Chief Executive Officer
Washington Technology Industry Association

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operations Officer

President of Paramount Dental Services
American Association of Cosmetology Schools

Executive Director
Association of WA Businesses

Dir of Events & Sponsorship
Dairy West

Chief Executive Officer

VP Sustainability

Dir of Corp Communications

VP of Finance

Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

Finance & Operations Manager
Western United Dairies

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Pilchuck School of Glass

Executive Director

Director of Finance

Director of Development
Seattle Children's

Chief Marketing Officer
Sr. Dir of Community

Executive Director
Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Chief Innovation Technology Officer
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

VP of Talent Acquisition

Washington Forest Protection Association

Executive Director
Oregon Farm Bureau

Executive Director
Pacific Northwest Research Institute

Chief Development Officer


Chief Executive Officer
Washington Research Foundation (WRF)

Director of Grants
Oregon Forestry Industries Council

Casey Family Programs

EVP Child & Family Services

Managing Director, OD

Executive Director
Center for Infectious Disease Research

VP Institutional Advancement

Director of Finance
Fulcrum Foundation

Executive Director
Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Development Officer

Executive Director
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

Dir of Development

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Issaquah Soccer Club

Executive Director

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Foundation for Healthy Generations

Executive Director
Washington Multi-Family Housing Association

Executive Director
Wenatchee Valley Museum

Executive Director
Camp Nor'Wester

Executive Director
Giving Compass

VP of Technology
Future of Flight Foundation

Executive Director
Benaroya Research Institute

Executive Director/COO

Chief Executive Officer
Woodland Park Zoo

Chief Operations Officer

VP External Relations

Who We Are

Herd Freed Hartz is the leading retained executive search firm based in the Pacific Northwest. We have a proven 20+ year track record in matching firms with the right candidates for C-level and VP-level positions and recruiting talent nationwide.

We enjoy the unique puzzle to solve with each client and role. We listen and learn what has made you great and the specific challenges you are facing that this new hire can solve.

As your guide and recruiting strategic partner, we can then make you look like a hero for hiring us as we find you a new amazing leader that delivers. We also provide recruiting insights and best practice tips to help you hire faster and smarter when hiring future roles.

We believe our success is when you are winning and have a renewed peace of mind knowing you have an A-list executive leadership team in place.


We believe upfront executive recruiting STRATEGY saves you time.

Discovery Intake Meetings – We meet with key stakeholders to learn about your unique organization & culture.

Outcomes vs. Activities – We identify on the role’s key outcomes within the first year to provide focus and clarity.

Assessment – We offer behavioral assessment options and an interview question strategy.

Mutual Expectations – We align our process and communication flow to ensure a smooth partnership.


We help you STAND OUT from the pack.

Storytelling – We craft your unique story to inspire and engage the talent you really want.

Candidate Experience – We ensure all candidates leave with a great impression of your company and a positive experience.

Experienced Recruiter Search Team – We are proud to represent your brand in the marketplace and the recruiters you meet are the ones who will tell your story. As your trusted recruiting partner, we offer recruiting insight and best practices.


Executive Search DIVERSITY

We strive to promote a workforce (especially executive leadership roles) which reflect the diversity of our communities. Over the last 18 months:

100% of our searches included a diverse range of candidates

28% of our clients ultimately hired a person of color

43% of our clients ultimately hired a female executive


Our Proven 6-Step Retained Executive Search Process

1) Intake Conversations – Listen and learn from key stakeholders about your organization, ideal profile, success metrics and culture fit

2) Job Description – Craft a compelling job description to inspire the right talent and proactively answer candidate questions

3) Initial Calibration – Review target bios to ensure early alignment and provide additional insight for added focus

4) Candidate Sourcing – Contact, interview and assess top-tier talent, most of whom are not actively looking and wouldn’t be accessible otherwise

5) Weekly Updates – Conduct regular search updates to review new candidates and provide interview feedback and strategize next steps until the role is filled

6) Offer & Onboarding – Close the finalist and provide onboarding best practices to set up your new executive for success


Where have we had success filling roles?

We source talent nationwide for our Pacfic Northwest clients, as we love living here and selling the area. While our recruiting headquarters is in Seattle, our we have team members living in Bend, OR to Wenatchee, WA and even Colorado.
Specifically, we have filled roles with for clients in:

WASHINGTON: Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland, Tacoma, Bremerton, Olympia, Vancouver, Everett, Bellingham, Wenatchee, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla.

OREGON: Portland, Salem, Eugene, Springfield, Medford, Redmond and Bend.

IDAHO: Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

ALASKA: Anchorage, Juneau and Ketchikan.

While our focus is on the Northwest, we have also filled roles nationally in cities such as New York, Austin, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Green Bay.


Curious to learn more to see if we can help you too?

Let’s connect to schedule an initial video chat to get to know you and answer your initial questions.


Talent Wins.