Isaacson, Miller was founded in 1982 to recruit exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations. From the beginning, we have been committed to strengthening and diversifying the leadership of the civic sector. Today, we have approximately 200 employees located in offices in Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. We conduct over 300 senior-level executive searches each year and have completed over 6,000 searches over the past 35 years.
Our practice in higher education is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive; today, it accounts for more than half of our work. The firm also works across the spectrum of public and civic missions, and we believe the breadth of our experience is a real strength and distinguishing feature. We work extensively in K-12 education and education reform, foundation leadership, economic and community development, conservation and environment, human services, advocacy, and arts and culture. Consistently each year, more than 70 percent of our clients are organizations that return to Isaacson, Miller for additional searches after being pleased with our past results.
Monroe "Bud" Moseley joined Isaacson, Miller in 1989 after a distinctive career in higher education and industry. Bud is skilled in conducting executive searches for a wide range of nonprofit clients, including small and large public, private, and faith-based institutions, community and liberal arts colleges, as well as doctoral, research intensive universities and institutes. He has served organizations and agencies in human and social services, associations, and foundations, as well as clients working in healthcare, community development, advocacy, and social justice. Bud has recruited executive, administrative, and technical officers, whether titled president, chancellor, executive director, vice president, provost, dean, or director. He has worked with boards, search committees, and individual hiring officers, and is well known for listening intently to clients, before managing a rigorous search process designed to produce a talented, diverse pool of candidates, in a timely manner. After completing his Bachelor's and Master's degrees, Bud was a student affairs administrator at the University of Rhode Island and at Boston College. Before joining Isaacson, Miller, he was a human resources officer with domestic and global responsibility for recruiting at a technology corporation and at an international science and technology consulting firm. A committed contributor to a civil society, Bud serves on local, regional, and national boards, including the City of Boston Compensation Advisory Board, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and the National Affordable Housing Foundation.
Since joining Isaacson, Miller in 2015, Lionel has recruited senior leadership positions for colleges, universities, private and community foundations, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Within higher education, he has focused on presidential searches as well as the recruitment of deans and a broad range of functional officers. Prior to joining our firm, Lionel spent a decade in undergraduate student development and student affairs. Most recently, he co-designed, launched, and operated Haverford College's Office of Academic Resources, partnering with students on research organization and senior thesis writing. He has also served as a guest lecturer and taught professional development as an adjunct faculty member. For several years, he was a New York Times seasonal education contributor, penning op-eds on the ingredients of undergraduate success and college-level writing. He earned a BA in sociology and an MSEd in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Joseph's broad expertise is reflected in the variety of searches he has performed across higher education, foundations, STEM, healthcare, and conservation. He brings to his practice over a decade of biomedical research experience, including a doctorate in cognitive science. His background provides him with an intimate view of STEM education and effective leadership in a continuously evolving landscape. Before joining Isaacson, Miller in 2016, Joseph worked at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. As a postdoctoral associate, he conducted human brain imaging studies investigating age-related changes in executive function, mind wandering, and mindfulness tendencies. Additionally, he served as a program assistant for the MIT Summer Research Program, where his role included preparing and recruiting a diverse, bright group of students for graduate education. Outside the office, Joseph applies his passion for STEM education as an advisor and core team member with the STEM Education Advocacy Group. This volunteer-driven think tank analyzes science education initiatives around the world, offering recommendations to advance science in our society. Joseph holds a BS in biological sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a Meyerhoff Scholar, an MA in computational neuroscience from Boston University and a PhD in cognitive science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.