Jacqueline Janssen, CEO founded Janssen & Associates in 1978, and added Executive Recruiting for fortune 500 corporations in 1996. Jacqueline also served as a member of several nonprofit boards and realized what a few people could accomplish for a community. She saw the need for excellent executive leadership placement in nonprofit organizations.  As an advocate for peace and social justice she believes that founders of nonprofits are the people who envision a better community, and succeeding in their mission, our world is a better place for all.

In 2008 Jacqueline brought Janssen & Associates’ sixteen years of executive recruiting methodology to a nonprofit organization’s new recruiting concept. For the next five years, Jacqueline grew the practice six times the size, implementing best recruiting practices. She also wholeheartedly embraced the philosophy of deploying Interim Executive Directors placed between a founder or long-term leader and the new Executive Director/CEO. Working with Tim Wolfred and the Compasspoint Interim training program, she selected and recruited former successful Executive Directors to participate in Interim Executive Director trainings, deploying trained IEDs from the Bay Area to New York.  She began the practice of compiling Board members’ input on each IED’s expertise, management style and accomplishments becoming knowledgeable of the expertise of dozens of IEDs.

As the need for Interim deployment was increasing Jacqueline engaged Deborah Levy, Consultant and Interim Executive Director to work with her to create the National Association of Accredited Interim Executive Directors (NAAIED). J&A’s associate Interims are Founding Interims and with the charter Interim members provide vetting for incoming members.

Jacqueline also founded the Marin Founders Celebration to recognize and honor founders of Marin nonprofits who see what is missing and engage others in helping to support our communities. She believes that nonprofits are key to healthy communities. Focusing on individual founders, she co-created Architects of Opportunities, a weekly TV series on the passion and commitment it takes to start a successful nonprofit. Soon to broadcast in nine counties.

Jacqueline is a Nominated Changemaker for the White House’s United State of Women. She is a member of the International Association of Feminist Economics, Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants, Wednesday Morning Dialogue, co-author of two books, Leave Light and The Siege of Heptanese, a graduate of UC Berkeley and a native CA. She is also a commissioner on the Marin Women’s Commission.

Jay Zlotnick

Principal and Executive Recruiter

Jay Zlotnick, MSW, is the lead Executive Search Consultant for Janssen & Associates Recruiting. A former sought after Interim Executive Director with a successful history as an Executive Director Jay has built, managed and grown not-for-profit human service organizations. Interim clients include Center for Adaptive Learning, serving adults with developmental disabilities, Easter Seals Northern California serving children with developmental disabilities, and the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. Prior to these interim assignments, Jay was the Executive Director of Buckelew Programs for 30 years.

Patti Schmidt

Executive Recruiter

Patti Schmidt is former CEO with 30+ years of international business experience. As a recruiting consultant, she brings her global perspective to the non-profit sector. Patti trained under Jacqueline Janssen, helping to grow a nascent nonprofit executive search practice. Under her tutelage Patti, focused on research and outreach and successfully identified directors of organizations that serve the developmentally-disabled, at-risk youth, and economically underserved populations. For the past 4 years Patti has continued to find committed leaders for nonprofits whose diverse missions have ranged from providing metrics of sustainability for Fortune 500 companies to assisting communities afflicted with HIV/AIDs.

In her spare time, Patti volunteers at nonprofits and currently serves on the Development Committee for the historic West Point Inn on Mt Tamalpais, and as Media Liaison.

Maureen De Nieva-Marsh

Social Media Strategist

Maureen “Mo” De Nieva-Marsh has been a social media activist long before #hashtagactivism was even a thing. She has spent the past 12 years working in the non-profit and government sectors shaping best practices for youth leadership development, community organizing, and using digital media to amplify positive social change. She studied Political Science and Business Administration at Dominican University of California. She is a Charter member and 2016-2017 President of the Rotary Club of San Rafael Evening. You can connect with her on Twitter – @MOtastic and LinkedIn.

Jennifer Martinez

Client & Team Liaison

Jennifer has supported the work of J&A since 2014 using her excellent and varied skills in management, client liaison and candidates stewarding. Jennifer’s insight into clients’ needs and candidates’ skills and experience supports reducing clients’ billable hours and widens J&A team’s ability to accept recruiting requests for more nonprofits.

Lynda Morgan

Director of Operations

    Lynda Morgan, Streamlines administrative and search processes for easy operational methods for J&A team leaders and contractors, reducing billable hours to clients. Provides financial operations and administrative services, including guiding operating methods, monitoring budgets, creating up to date information systems and overseeing contracts. A certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor.