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Lindauer seeks new head for California Rural Legal Alliance


October 11, 2022 – Lindauer has partnered with California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. (CRLA) to find their next CEO. senior consultant Diane Felicio, Ph.D. and consultant Elsa Gomes Bondlow lead the mission.

California Rural Legal Assistance is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director. This is a pivotal moment in the organization’s history as Jose Padilla, the organization’s longtime leader, retires after more than four decades with the organization, with 38 as executive director. The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic leadership, management and smooth running of the organization. This includes leading long-term strategic planning, major policy initiatives, board relations, fund development, staff management, and program planning and monitoring.

The successful candidate must possess a law degree, be licensed by the California State Bar, or be admitted to the California Bar at the start of their term as Executive Director. “This person should have a humble presence with a track record as a clear communicator adept at balancing the need for transparency and collaboration with timely decision-making and follow-up, Lindauer said. “This is a remarkable opportunity to join a justice-focused organization and provide the visionary leadership and organizational discipline needed to ensure that the impact, community presence and national status of the ARLC is preserved and advances.

California Rural Legal Assistance is a leading legal services organization, nationally recognized for its large-scale impact on behalf of low-income rural communities in California. Founded in 1966, CRLA provides free civil legal services, advocacy support, and educational resources to low-income rural residents throughout California. CRLA’s administrative office is in Oakland. The organization has 17 offices across the state.

At the service of non-profit organizations

Lindauer serves higher and secondary education, hospitals, academic research centers, think tanks, research facilities and foundations, as well as advocacy, public service, social justice and other purpose organizations. non-profit mission-oriented. The company has conducted research for the Boston YMCA, Center for Applied Special Technology, Healthy Minds Innovations/Center for Healthy Minds, University of Texas at Austin, and Cockrell School of Engineering, among others.

Deb Taft, Managing Director, leads Lindauer with over 25 years of leadership and leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, from education to healthcare/academic medicine to youth services and voluntary sectors. His expertise includes governance, strategic planning, fundraising, program and people management, strategic marketing, voter analytics and engagement, and talent recruitment, retention and development.

With over 25 years of experience in leadership positions, Dr. Felicio has served as a strategist, executive director, operations expert, fundraiser, crisis manager, trusted advisor and relationship builder in a wide range of institutions. non-profit and related. sectors. In these positions, she was directly involved in recruitment activities in many roles, including professors/deans/presidents/presidents of colleges and universities, development professionals and operations staff/directors/executive directors, as well as the recruitment and governance of boards of directors.

Ms. Gomes Bondlow brings to Lindauer and her clients over 20 years of experience as a connector, relationship builder, social justice activist and social change strategist. In 2020, she co-founded the trust-based, women of color-led Social Equity Access Fund, which focused on meeting basic needs while addressing the social determinants of health. Ms. Gomes Bondlow is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of Women in Greater Boston Development Committee.

Recent search

Lindauer recently helped recruit Ben Johnson as the new president and CEO of the United States Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, AR. The mission was led by Libby Robertssenior vice president, and Megan Abbette, senior consultant. “As part of a national search, we were looking for a new CEO with a proven track record in museum operations,” said Doug Babb, Chairman of the Board of USMM. “And that’s exactly what we get with Ben Johnson. Over his 20-year museum career, Ben has held almost every position within the museum industry. He understands all aspects of museum operations because he held almost every position.

“Ben brings us the expertise we need to complete the fabrication and installation of the museum experience, hire and train our museum staff, and develop a business plan for an operating museum,” said Babb. . “We hope that with a new CEO with a proven track record in museum operations, we can accelerate our fundraising and open to the public next year.”

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media