Kim Brettschneider conducts searches in WittKieffer’s Education and Not-for-Profit practices, supporting institutions in identifying strong, difference-making leaders. Kim carries a track record of consistently completing searches with fast timelines and impressive, gender- and racially-diverse candidates. She engages in a broad range of searches for positions including presidents, vice presidents of advancement, business and finance and departmental deans. Kim also provides strategic planning consultation to clients as needed.
Before joining WittKieffer, Kim was a New York principal with a mid-size retained search firm specializing in the non-profit and social service sectors. Kim has teamed up to complete over 50 searches, including multiple for the Children’s Defense Fund and a vice president role at her alma mater, Pomona College. Kim draws on extensive experience in the nonprofit world. Prior to entering the search field, she was the executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s largest state office in California. Over a ten-year period, she garnered significant fundraising, policy, and program success, leading a staff of talented advocates. She also held senior management roles with The Wonder of Reading in Los Angeles and Conservation Corps in Long Beach, California.
Kim is the recipient of former California assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal’s Leadership Award and of the Bergen County Peace, Justice and Dignity Award in New Jersey. She was also recognized by the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly for her LGBTQ advocacy leadership. Additionally, she has served as a board member on several human services agencies working to end poverty. Finally, Kim speaks French as well as some Spanish.