Interim Leadership

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Presenting On-Demand Transformational Leadership for Your Nonprofit

Third Sector Company offers the most comprehensive approach to interim executive and executive transition support services on the market. We provide trained, vetted, and highly-experienced nonprofit chief executive, chief development, and chief operating officers supported by a team-approach from our senior advisors.

We developed our own training manuals, protocols and standards for providing interim executive management services to nonprofit organizations. We teach our licensed affiliates to provide each client with:



Third Sector Company is able to leverage our partnerships throughout the business and nonprofit industries to ensure both prospective employees and organizations find the perfect match.

Interim executives can benefit organizations in a number of ways. Third Sector Company’s interim placement services offer a large pool of skilled experts who are able to serve in interim positions across a wide variety of professional roles and disciplines. Our data-based approach and “emergency medical” model not only ensures continuity of business, but a push toward the future of your organization as a whole.

Read more: Nonprofit Leadership Development: The Importance of Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations

How can Third Sector Company’s knowledge and experience benefit your organization?Jan GlickSenior Managing Community Partner, Seattle, WA
How can Third Sector Company interim executives assist an organization with capacity building?Joan McBrideInterim Development Director, Santa Ana, CA

Our Screening Approach

By examining precisely what your organization needs to ensure a smooth transition, our team can help you find an interim placement with qualifications to perform to your organization’s expectations. Before we present you with a number of candidates, our team uses:

  • Telephone screenings with Third Sector Company’s professional recruiting staff
  • Comprehensive reference checks to ensure dependability and experience
  • An in-person, face-to-face interview process to assess the candidate’s personality, communication skills, and performance characteristics
  • Testing and assessment via professional analysis to ensure the right person is chosen for your organization’s requirements

Our Placements Work

Our team can quickly and thoroughly assess your organization and your staffing needs before presenting our candidates for a comprehensive review. We can meet your timelines and present you with qualified, dependable professionals to help your organization navigate transitionary times and ensure the process continues smoothly.

Recently Filled Interim Positions

A New Interim Leader Is at Work for Seattle Children and Families

We are proud to announce that Amy Zimerman is at work with The Community School of West Seattle, a nonprofit organization building a community where all children are honored and respected as naturally capable, curious, and creative beings. “Community School has a remarkable teaching team and a wonderfully engaging curriculum for preschool students,” says Amy. […]

Amy Zimerman

Interim Executive DirectorThe Community School of West Seattle – Seattle, Washington
“I’m delighted to partner with the board of directors during this transition to maintain the trust our parents have placed in the school.”

Lindsay Shields

Interim Development DirectorSan Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus – San Francisco, California
“I value the power of people who work with nonprofit organizations – their passion and energy are the core of our culture…”

New Interim at Historic San Francisco Arts Organization

We are proud to announce that Lindsay Shields, one of Third Sector Company’s Senior Advisors in California, is at work with San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus as its Interim Development Director. Lindsay has been fostering growth through positive change in nonprofits for over 20 years as well as serving as an Interim Executive Director in […]

Carol Lugo

Acting Development DirectorLeague of Education Voters – Seattle, Washington
“The team is great and I am so glad that my expertise can help reach their goals in a short time…”

Interim Brings Extensive Fundraising Expertise to Northwest Nonprofit

Carol Lugo brings over 20 years of experience in generating resources for nonprofit causes, managing staff, and facilitating change in complex organizations. Third Sector Company is proud to announce her new interim engagement with the League of Education Voters (LEV) in Seattle as Acting Development Director. “This has been an exhilarating experience,” said Carol about […]

Mark Buckley

Interim Executive DirectorEntre Hermanos – Seattle, Washington
“Along with the board and staff, we look to build a sound framework that will inform the organization’s forward trajectory, and facilitate a smooth transition to the next Executive Director…”

New Interim at Prominent Seattle LGBTQ Organization

Helping organizations during times of leadership transition is a hallmark of Third Sector Company’s mission to the nonprofit community. In Seattle, the Latino LGBTQ organization Entre Hermanos turned to Third Sector Company for guidance and selected Mark Buckley as Interim Executive Director. “The Board of Directors is thrilled to have Mark working with us,” said […]

Janice Tsao

Interim Executive DirectorRedeeming Love – Los Angeles County, California
“I am honored to bring my leadership experience to ensure the effective execution of a mission to serve this community of survivors.”

Deb Merle

Interim Chief Executive OfficerEqual Opportunity Schools – Seattle, Washington
“Deb has earned a reputation for ensuring smooth operations as an interim leader of educational organizations during times of significant transition.”

Our New Interim Leader Supporting Survivors of Trafficking

PROUDLY ANNOUNCING NEW INTERIM ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR WOMEN IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA   Third Sector Company is very proud to announce that Janice Tsao has been named Interim Executive Director at Redeeming Love, a faith-based nonprofit located in Los Angeles County with a mission to be a conduit of restoration for survivors of sex trafficking […]

Interim Advancing Equity in Northwest Schools

PROUDLY ANNOUNCING NEW INTERIM ADVANCING EQUITY IN NORTHWEST SCHOOLS   Third Sector Company proudly announces that Deb Merle has been chosen as Interim Chief Executive Officer for Equal Opportunity Schools in Seattle. Deb is the former Executive Director of the California State Board of Education and, most recently served as Interim Executive Director of the […]

Nonprofit Leader from Southern California to Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE NONPROFIT ENGAGES NEW INTERIM CEO FROM THIRD SECTOR’S L.A. COHORT Third Sector Company is very proud to announce that Chris Johnson has been named Interim Executive Director at Evergreen Treatment Center in Seattle, an addiction and social services nonprofit organization with three clinics in King, Thurston, and Grays Harbor counties offering medication-assisted treatment for […]

Chris Johnson

Interim Executive DirectorEvergreen Treatment Center – Seattle, Washington
“I am fortunate to work with this team of smart and fiercely passionate staff. I’m grateful to our board members, who are making the transition smooth and seamless…”

Arthur Padilla

Interim Executive DirectorROOTS – Seattle, Washington
“Arthur is a nationally recognized leader in social justice leadership and collaboration”

CLIENT RESEARCH EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Interim Executive Management Services

Executive Leadership Research and Evaluation Methodologies The Third Sector Company, Inc. uses three types of evaluation research to further understand the practice of professional interim executive management services for the nonprofit sector as well as gauge consumer buying patterns related to the purchasing of interim executive management services by representatives of the nonprofit sector. The […]

Andrew Delgado

Interim Chief Operating OfficerReasons to Believe – Covina, California
“As our organization walks through a time of transition, we’re thrilled to have a seasoned professional alongside us to guide our steps.”

Sylvia Fuerstenberg

Interim Executive Director Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, Seattle, Washington
“Along with the board and staff our interim executive director is set to revitalize our mission and enhance our work supporting homeless youth and young adults. Sylvia brings a wealth of experience leading human service-related non-profits and has hit the ground running at PSKS.”

Why Consider an Interim for a Key Position in Your Nonprofit Organization?

Interim leaders can have a big impact on organizations. Here are a few reasons you should consider hiring an interim leader to fill a leadership role with your nonprofit!

Jeffrey Shapiro

Interim Executive DirectorChinese American Museum, Los Angeles
“The Chinese American Museum is one of those wonderful places with stakeholders brimming with authentic passion for the mission,” says Jeffrey Shapiro of his work in interim executive management with the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles.

Marilyn Neece

Interim Executive DirectorSouth Asian Helpline and Referral Agency
Marilyn Neece has been named Interim Executive Director of the South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency in Los Angeles. Marilyn, a Third Sector Company community member of over 10 years, has earned a reputation for guiding boards of directors through leadership transitions.

Maria Nazario

Interim Chief Operating OfficerMuseum of Latin America Art
“For an art collector and Latina, the opportunity to assist the Museum of Latin American Art with their finance and operations needs is a match made in heaven,” says Maria Nazario of her recent interim placement in Long Beach. “The role of an interim is a challenge, but it is very rewarding,” says Maria. “It is a wonderful place to work.”

Bill Lahman

Interim Executive DirectorSouth Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity – Olympia, Wa
Bill Lahman is known throughout the state of Washington as a strong leader both within and outside the education community. Previously a Superintendent in three school districts, he now brings that reputation and expertise as Interim Executive Director of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity in Olympia.

Robin McCarthy

Interim Advancement DirectorChild360 – Los Angeles, Ca
Robin McCarthy combines a commitment to service with a commitment to community. Throughout her years in the nonprofit arena she has guided women, children, youth and seniors into more meaningful lives and experiences. She now brings that reputation and expertise as Interim Advancement Director of Child360, previously called Los Angeles Universal Preschool.

Jeff Wacha

Chief Financial OfficerSt. John Bosco High School – Bellflower, Ca
An interim can also be an important element of a search process, offering a proven candidate for the full-time position. This is exactly the case for St. John Bosco High School in Southern California, which hired Third Sector Company Interim Professional, Jeff Wacha, as its new Chief Financial Officer.

“As an interim, my focus was to offer leadership to the school’s financial operations over a few months time,” says Jeff. “Now it is a great honor to have been asked to lead the continued excellence of the school’s financial and administrative systems over the long-term.”

Four New Year’s Resolutions For Nonprofit Leaders to Implement in 2018

Implementing best practices in the New Year is a great way to help your organization succeed in 2018. Consider using some of these strategies as a part of your nonprofit New Years resolution!

The Importance of Developing an Obsession for Nonprofit Succession

When employees leave an organization and there is no succession plan in place, it can take a big toll on any entity. Here’s why it is crucial to have a succession plan for nonprofit organizations.

Evaluating the Nonprofit CEO

Nonprofit leadership requires a number of skills. Here’s why compensation reviews, employee evaluations, and other human resources functions are crucial to the third sector.

Third Sector Spotlight: Four Examples of Cause-Driven Leaders at Work

Everyday, the people of Third Sector Company have the opportunity to work with amazing professionals and organizations that create magic that results in measurable differences in the lives of others. Truly successful nonprofit leadership is as much a social science as it is a business science; and together these disciplines must be leveraged.  It’s not […]

Five Ways to Support Your Favorite Organizations This Holiday Season

Are you hoping to show your favorite organizations some support this holiday season? Here are a few easy ways to give your favorite nonprofits a little love this holiday season.

I.N.T.E.R.I.M. Project: Q & A With Senior Research Strategist Scott Campanario

Third Sector Company recently launched the Improving Nonprofits by Tailoring and Expanding Resources for Interim Management (INTERIM) Project. Learn more about it from Scott Campanario, our senior research strategist.

Third Sector Completes First Phase of I.N.T.E.R.I.M. Project

The Third Sector Company research team recently completed the first phase of the Improving Nonprofits by Tailoring and Expanding Resources for Interim Management (INTERIM) Project.

Organizations We Love: The Prentice School

At Third Sector, we work with a range of organizations who serve great causes. Here’s a look at The Prentice School, and the great work they do.

Thoughts On Fundraising in The Current Political Era

The current political climate has created novel circumstances for fundraisers everywhere. Here are some thoughts on raising money for various causes in the Trump Era.

How To Turn Your Executive Search Into A Capacity Building Opportunity

While an executive search may seem like a daunting process, its also a great opportunity for building capacity and capability in your organization. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of this process.

What Makes a Nonprofit a Nonprofit?

Defining a nonprofit may be more complicated than you think. Here’s some insight to what makes a nonprofit a nonprofit and the ins and outs of being in the business of social benefit.

Third Sector Spotlight: Kraig Kojian President and CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance

If you’re looking for nonprofit board of directors training or if you are interested in learning more about our Board Chairs Academy program, here’s what Kraig Kojian from the Downtown Long Beach Alliance has to say.

Tips for Aspiring Nonprofit Leaders

Are you interested in a career in the nonprofit sector or developing leadership skills for a nonprofit organization? Here are some tips for those interested in working for the nonprofit sector from our President, Jeffrey Wilcox.

Spotlight: Mark Stensager and Sound Generations

This month’s Third Sector Spotlight is Mark Stensager of Sound Generations. Learn how his worked has helped his organization thrive and grow.

Third Sector Spotlight: Randy Brinson

From learning the ins and outs of a company you’re just starting out at, to finding ways to fully leverage your organization’s resources, here are some thoughts from Third Sector Interim Executive participant Randy Brinson.

How is Interim Leadership Different Than Traditional Leadership?

Interim leadership and management require a special set of skills. While interim and permanent leaders are often working towards similar goals, there are unique challenges associated with taking on a leadership role for a shorter period of time. Here’s some insight on the difference between the two types of leadership and how you can succeed as an interim leader.

5 Ways Planning for Leadership Succession Can Benefit Your Cause

Succession planning is highly beneficial to organizations of all kinds, yet it is an often overlooked part of business. Here’s some insight as to why it matters and how planning for leadership transitions can benefit your cause.

Join Us for a Taste of Board Chairs Academy

Interested in our Board Chairs Academy Program? Join us for a “taste’ of the program to see if its something your company can benefit from.

Mark Crawford Named “Nonprofit Interim of the Year”

Mark Crawford of Arc of King Country and Northwest Folklife has been named Third Sector’s Interim Nonprofit of the Year.

Looking For Great Books on Becoming A Leader?

There’s no shortage of great leadership books to read to give you some inspiration. Checkout some of our top picks for books about nonprofit leadership.

Inclusiveness: Nonprofits Must Be The Example

Diversity and inclusion are key in the nonprofit sector, especially in the current political climate. Learn Jeffrey Wilcox’s take on diversity and inclusion, and how nonprofits must be the example.

Don’t Miss Our Leadership Workshop!

Succession planning is a crucial part of leadership. Join us for our Succession Planning workshop to learn more!

Maintaining the Vision Through Change

Keeping a strong mission and vision can be difficult during a leadership transition. Here are some thoughts on how to keep a strong vision during a leadership transition.

4 Characteristics of Good Interim Leaders

Are you an aspiring leader? Here are some top characteristics of leaders.

Changing Faces of Interim Executives

The practice of skillful short-term executive leadership for nonprofit organizations is in the midst of a significant landscape change from its traditional beginnings. Learn more about these ongoing changes in the nonprofit sector.

For More Information

For more information on our interim leadership services, check out our Interim Executives Fact Sheet.

We’re also happy to chat with you about our interim placement services and how we can support your unique nonprofit organization. We have team members and affiliates located throughout the United States and Canada. Just contact the location nearest you to speak with one of our specialists.

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