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 with representatives 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, advancement, or marketing. 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 150 searches throughout her career. Kim’s expertise includes healthcare policy, education policy, juvenile justice policy, fundraising and management resulting from her prior years as Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund-California, Development Director of the Wonder of Reading in Los Angeles, and Interim Education Director of the Conservation Corps in Long Beach, California. In these roles, she designed comprehensive scholarship programs, launched supplemental educational programs for thousands of low-income youth, and partnered to expand health care coverage for children in California.
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, where she was a Scholar Athlete. Kim speaks French as well as some Spanish.