California’s Premier Executive Search & Leadership Development Firm

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Leadership Associates was founded in 1996 to support school boards and other educational organizations in their selection of superintendents and executive leaders. Since that time we have come to understand that the recruitment and selection of high-quality leaders goes hand in hand with services that cultivate and support the leadership development of individual leaders and governance teams. 

Leadership Associates is a dedicated team of passionate individuals with exceptional success as superintendents and in other educational leadership roles including oversight and guidance of exemplary educational governance teams.

Our website includes links to the resources you’ll need to engage with us in meeting all your needs related to executive searches and all levels of leadership development. While you’re here, we invite you to explore the links below to learn more about the diversity and strengths of our Leadership Associates team.

Meet Our Team

Executive Leadership Team
Kent L. Bechler, Ph.D.
Dennis M. Smith, Ed.D.
Sally Frazier, Ed.D.
Marc A. Ecker, Ph.D.

Eric D. Andrew, Ed.D.
Richard J. Fischer
Juan Garza
Peggy Lynch, Ed.D
Michael Miller
Phil Quon
Rich Thome
Sandra Sanchez-Thorstenson
David Verdugo, Ed.D.

Associate Partners
Tom Changnon, Ed.D.
Fred Van Leuven, Ed.D.

Emeritus Partners
James R. (Jim) Brown
Rene Townsend, Ed.D.

Executive Support Team
Becky Banning, Lead Executive Assistant, Searches
Linda Hunt, Office Administrator, Leadership Development
Penny Pyle, Executive Assistant, Searches

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