Kim Brettschneider (she/her) conducts searches across education, healthcare and the nonprofit sector, supporting institutions in identifying strong, influential executive leaders. With a career long commitment to equality she strives to identify not just candidates, but most importantly placements who diversify an institution’s leadership team across gender, race, ethnicity and LGBTQIA+ communities. Kim consistently completes quality searches with swift timelines. She engages in a broad range of searches for positions including presidents and vice presidents of business and finance. Long-term strategic planning is included in her search process.
Before joining WittKieffer, Kim was a New York principal with a mid-sized retained search firm. She has successfully partnered to close more than 200 searches throughout her career. Kim’s expertise includes management, budget oversight, fundraising, and public policy resulting from her prior years as Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund-California, Development Director of the Wonder of Reading, and Interim Education Director of the Conservation Corps in Long Beach. In these roles, she partnered to expand health care coverage for children in California, designed comprehensive scholarship programs and oversaw positive educational curriculum for thousands of low-income youth in schools, juvenile justice facilities and summer programs.
As a board member, Kim has counseled various New York and California health, economic and educational organizations. California Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, and the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly recognized Kim’s advocacy efforts for young people including children of color and LGBTQIA+ students. Kim was the recipient of the Prudential Community Spirit Award, the Bergen County Peace, Justice and Dignity Award in New Jersey, and two fellowships from the Independent Colleges of Southern California during her time at Pomona College. Kim speaks French as well as some Spanish.