About LPA Search Partners

LPA Search Partners is a women-owned, nationally recognized boutique firm

With partners in Chicago, Providence, Asheville, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C, we specialize in recruiting exceptional talent across functional roles for the C-suite and their leadership teams.

As a boutique firm focused on client service and candidate fit, we prioritize quality over volume by investing significant time in understanding the unique context and needs of each client. We measure our firm’s success not by the number of executives placed, but by the length and impact of their tenure.

Leadership

Our Team

Practice Areas

Board of Directors

Do Something.org
“I Have a Dream” Foundation
IDW Media Holdings
Roundy’s
University of Phoenix
Urban Gateways
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Executive Chairman
Board of Directors, Audit Committee
Board of Directors
Board of Directors

Digital Media & Services

American Marketing & Publishing
AMNY.com (AM New York)
Bloomberg BNA
Bloomberg Government
Burning. Glass Technologies
Crain Communications
DirecTV
Elsevier
Encyclopedia Britannica
Gospel Music Channel
Highlights for Children
IEG
NCI (Network Communications, Inc)
Newspaper National Network
Philadelphia Media Network
Poptropica
SAE International
Sandbox Networks
Travelex
Wicks Business Publishing
World 50
Chief Operating Officer
VP Advertising, Sales
Chief Revenue Officer
Head of Sales
VP, Product Management
Publisher
VP Sales, multiple divisions
SVP, GM
CFO, CPO
VP Digital Content & Marketing
Digital Content Manager
SVP, Business Development
Digital Sherpa – Content Marketing
Integrated Sales Executive
National Sales Director, Digital Product Mgr
President, Poptropica and Kids Entertainment
Global Sales Director, Product Mgr
EVP, Business Development
CEO North America, President Canada
Publisher, Inside Counsel
Group Director, Enterprise

EdTech & Knowledge Services

Camelot Education
 
Cengage Learning
Education Corporation of America
Encyclopedia Britannica
Graduation Alliance
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 
 
Ithaka
Kickboard
McGraw Hill School Education
Media Source, Inc.
 
 
National Geographic School Publishing
Pearson Higher Education
Questar Assessment
Renaissance Learning
University of Phoenix
CMO
CFO
Multiple searches
CFO
CFO
CEO
EVP, GM, Supplemental
EVP, GM, Core
SVP, Digital Marketing
VP Product
CEO
Chief Academic Officer
CEO
CFO
CIO
President and CEO
CMO
CEO
VP, Psychometrics, Research & Learning Sciences
Board Directors

Healthcare

Accenture
APCO Worldwide
Lakeview Health
Merck
OptumInsight
Managing Directors (multiple divisions)
SVP Senior Director
VP, Marketing
Chief Heritage Advocate
Sales Specialists

Non-Profit

“I Have a Dream” Foundation
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Children’s Book Council
College Visions
Common Sense Media
DoSomething.org
Excelsior College
GreatSchools
Harvard Business School Publishing
KIPP Foundation
LEAP Innovations
Measured Progress
RoadTrip Nation
Rotary International
Rhode Island College
Rhode Island Board of Education
The College Board
Urban Gateways
CEO
CEO
Executive Director
Executive Director
General Manager, Education Division
Board of Directors
Provost
CEO
CEO
Editorial Director
Chief of Teaching. & Learning Labs
COO
Chief of Learning Insights & Research
COO
Executive Director of Sales & Business Development
Directors – Digital Communications Publishing
President
Commission of Elementary and Secondary Education
CMO
Board Director

Professional Services

Accenture
APCO Worldwide
Booz Allen Hamilton
CACI International
Dell Government Services
Ernst & Young
Grant Thornton
Kaiser Associates
Kelly International
Navigant Consulting
Stanley Associates
Multiple Senior Sales Executives
SVP, Senior Director
Executive Advisor
Multiple Senior Sales Executives
Program Executive, Sector Leads
Partners, Governance
Managing Director, Partners
VPs, Industrial, Private Equity, Technology
VP, Sales, Education Division
Managing Directors, Fuels & Transportation
SVP

Publishing

Adams Media
America’s Test Kitchen
American Marketing & Publishing
AMNY.com (AM New York)
Andrews McMeel
Candlewick Press
Chronicle Books
Crain Communications
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Elsevier
Harvard Business School Publishing
Highlights for Children
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Division
Lerner Publishing Group
NCI (Network Communications Inc)
Pearson Education
Philadelphia Media Network
SAE International
SourceMedia
Vance Publishing
Wicks Business Publishing
Zweig White
Publisher
Public Relations & Communications Director
COO, EVP Sales
VP Advertising Sales
Publisher, Accord
CFO
Children’s Publishing Director
Publisher, Chief Editorial Director
Editorial Director
SVP, GM (multiple searches)
CEO
CMO
Publisher, Children’s Division
VP, Editor-in-Chief
Digital Sherpa – Content
CEO Pearson Curriculum
National Sales Director, Digital Product Manager
Global Sales Director,
Publishing Director, Payment
Publisher, GMs
Publisher, Inside Counsel
Managing Directors, Business and Media

SaaS & Information Services

ATP – Aircraft Technical Partners
Bloomberg BNA
Bloomberg Governbment
Elsevier
Kickboard
Newsela
 
Media Source, Inc.
 
 
SAE International
ShopperTrak
Source Media
Travelex
Zweig White
CPO, Senior Executive searches
Chief Revenue Officer
Head of Sales
SVP and GM searches
CEO
Regional Sales Manager
VP, Field Sales
CEO
CFO
CIO
Global Sales Director, Product Director
CPO
Publishing Director
CEO North America, President Canada
Managing Directors, Business and Media

Clients

Testimonials

I have had the privilege of working with Anna for more than a decade, first in the education space, then in the AI/engineering sector. She has helped me fill key roles in my organizations that have returned on my investment through sustainable revenue growth, time and again. Particularly in the fast-changing technology sector, the employees I have recruited through Anna's efforts have driven agility and customer focus and this has allowed us to pivot in ways that have proven strategically critical. And even in times when we are not involved in a job search, I rely on Anna's keen insights and knowledge of the technology sector to inform my business decisions. Anna is that entirely unique combination of recruiter and business partner.

Frank MenchacaChief Product officer, SAE International

Working with Anna and Willa has been a great experience for our firm; they have filled several roles for Riverside recently. They have an uncanny ability to quickly triangulate with us on what we need in the position to be successful. It is so refreshing to not go through 2-3 rounds of adjustments but get right to quality candidates. We have worked across several industries and positions and their work has had the same quality delivered every time.

Brian PottsOperating Partner, The Riverside Company

We are changing from publisher to learning company and the critical success factor to accomplishing the transformation is talent. Willa has been instrumental in aligning our structure and people to the strategy. Because of her, we have brought in world class talent and I have found a strategic thought partner whom I’ve come to rely on to make some of my most important decisions.

Jack LynchCEO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

We used Anna and LPA to fill a critical product executive role. We had limited time to find someone extraordinary. Anna and her team worked quickly to assemble a stellar short list. There were obvious fits on the list, but also people who could bring something new and different to the role, people I might not have imagined on my own. In less than 3 months from the time I made the initial call to Anna, we had the perfect person working in the role. They are strategic, unbiased, consultative in their approach, and highly responsive. I cannot recommend Anna and LPA enough for executive recruitment and human resource consultancy.

Diane BartoliSVP General Manager, Clinical Reference & Workflow Solutions, Elsevier

I have known Willa & LPA Search Partners for many years. Willa has organizational integrity (does what she says), significant knowledge of the education sector and acumen of sourcing the right talent resulting in quality hires. While LPA Search Partners has potential candidates in their rolodex I have been most impressed with their process and preparation. Similar to most executive recruiters they gather information to understand the position and the needs. In my judgment, LPA Search Partners goes much further in understanding the client’s culture, value proposition and what it takes for an individual to be very successful while being easy to work with.

Ron KlausnerCEO, Graduation Alliance

Anna and LPA have done an excellent job for us at Gale-Cengage. They partnered with us to craft a unique position description, leveraged a vast network to present a strong candidate slate, and then helped us land the most qualified prospect. Throughout, LPA was a pleasure to work with.

Paul GazzoloSVP General Manager, Gale-Cengage Learning

"Willa and the team at LPA Search Partners did a fantastic job. We had a tight deadline and multiple constituents we were managing as part of the process. Willa did a great job of digesting our strategy and investment thesis, synthesizing the key attributes we were looking for, and delivering qualified candidates for us to interview. They did excellent work in pre-screening candidates, managing the entire process, and getting us a qualified slate of finalists on a fairly tight deadline. We got it done and, importantly, are excited about the new leadership at our portfolio company."

Phillip AlphonsePartner, The Vistria Group

I couldn’t be happier with the level of dedication and persistence from Anna and her team. We worked directly with Anna, not junior staff, to hire a key senior executive for the firm. They had never worked with us before, so they took the time to understand our business, our culture, and developed a strategic search plan that resulted in a tremendous hire. Every candidate that they brought forward was qualified, prepared, and likely would have been a quality employee. They did not waste our time with unqualified candidates. They provided expert advice to our leadership team as we progressed through the process and did a tremendous job finalizing the process with our team and the candidates. I would highly recommend Anna and LPA to anyone that is preparing for an Executive Search.

Donald ThomasVP and General Manager, Bloomberg Government

"Willa and LPA Search Partners are outstanding to work with, both as a client and as a candidate – having experienced their superior service from both perspectives. Willa recruited me into the CEO position at Media Source, and I subsequently asked her to hire, in order, a CMO replacement, new CIO role, and a CFO replacement. LPA’s customer service is excellent – regular and comprehensive communication, highly organized, and always thinking ahead. And Willa’s experience in the industries she serves, both as a search professional and as an executive, is used to the benefit of her customers and candidates, making them smarter, fully-informed and better suited to make the right decision in the end. What I love about working with Willa is that I always know she’s on my side, but won’t just tell me what I want to hear – she will push me to ensure that I end up with the best possible outcome."

Steve ZalesPresident & CEO, Media Source, Inc

"While LPA Search Partners excels at the search process from start to finish, it’s the added value that Willa and her team provided that I really came to appreciate. Searches are dynamic and complex processes. Being able to address culture and climate issues within an organization throughout the search is vital to the health of the organization and the success of a new hire. Willa provided excellent insight and coaching for the Board to use to improve board functionality and organization health. She skillfully helped us work through complex strategic issues that were adjacent to the search process and provided resources and a solution that quickly and perfectly fit our needs. This added value will pay dividends over time."

Ann FuellBoard Chair, GreatSchools

We engaged Anna and the London team on a challenging search for a senior executive in a relatively unique position in our industry. The team developed an excellent search plan with extensive industry research that rapidly resulted in a group of top candidates. Most of that list eventually became a group where any one of them was able to do the job and we were able to navigate to get the right fit for both parties. The communication channels were very effective in managing the process and candidate positioning. I would use the team again for our most important positions, the payback is clear.

David JadwinExecutive Vice President, Business Development Maine Pointe

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