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DIRECTOR OF SEARCH
Isha Haley joined the Good Insight team in 2020 and consults on a range of projects. As a member of Good Insight’s search practice, Isha works with clients to set recruitment strategy, source qualified candidates from her significant network, and design robust candidate assessment processes to ensure the most qualified candidates advance in the process.
Prior to joining Good Insight, Isha served as the Managing Director and Interim CEO of National Urban Fellows (NUF), a leadership accelerator program for BIPOC professionals, now in partnership with Georgetown University. During her tenure, Isha developed new partnerships for talent placement with private foundations, cities across the country, and several Fortune 500 companies, placing 80+ BIPOC leaders in C-suite fellowship positions. She successfully led the organization’s 50th anniversary capital campaign, secured a partnership with NASDAQ, and helped guide the organizational restructure and succession planning. She is an accomplished consultant, providing capacity building, project management, leadership development, and public-private partnership support to nonprofits and government agencies across the country, including the City of Poughkeepsie, NY; North Township Trustee’s Office; Notre Dame University; Miami Urban League; Development without Limits; Pinellas County Urban League; New York City Office of Youth Development; City of Denver-Make Your Mark initiative; BAEO- Black Alliance for Educational Options; Northwest Indiana Security and Sharing Alliance, and served as an advisor to elect Frank J. Mrvan to Congress in 2020.
Isha attained Master’s degrees in Urban Education (Mercy College, New York) and Public Administration (Baruch College, New York) and a Bachelor’s
degree in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice from St. John’s University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Rotary International, and a proud alumna of National Urban Fellows.
Isha values working for purpose driven organizations and lives by the motto L.I.F.E- living intentionally fully everyday. Her life’s mission is to leverage her resources and relationships, on behalf of marginalized communities and BIPOC professionals. She is a US military spouse and enjoys traveling the world with her husband and dog “Bliss” who also has a European pet passport! As an extroverted introvert, she enjoys connecting with people and brokering relationships, while also gaining clarity and peace through solitude, meditation and reading.
Erin Lau serves as a Search Associate for Good Insight. She joined the team in 2021 and supports search projects’ operations and recruitment strategies.
Erin brings significant experience in organizational operations and project management. Her values are rooted in meaningful work, connection and compassion. Prior to joining Good Insight, Erin served as Community Manager for Envelop, a San Francisco-based start-up nonprofit that provides immersive musical and listening experiences. Her role included volunteer management, trainings, and onboarding Previously, Erin managed operations for a chain of athletic clubs where she oversaw childcare facilities and events management and developed new standard operating procedures and protocols for a rapidly growing company.
Erin graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, CA. While the West Coast will always be home, she relocated to Baltimore, Maryland in 2020. Her hobbies include travel and exploration, soccer, mindfulness and meditation, and baking.
CEO AND FOUNDER
Carlyn Madden is the founder and CEO of Good Insight, a national nonprofit executive search firm and governance consultancy. The firm’s mission is to connect good causes to great leaders and serves a range of nonprofits, associations, public agencies, universities, and social enterprises.
As CEO of Good Insight, Carlyn advises boards and executives about their talent needs, from succession planning to compensation to board recruitment strategies. She leads the firm’s CEO and Executive Director searches. With over 15 years of experience in nonprofit recruiting, governance consulting, and philanthropy, Carlyn has dedicated her career to connecting people to causes they care about. She is actively building Good Insight as an anti-racist consulting firm, and believes in the power of leadership transitions as a tool for racial justice.
Prior to launching her consulting practice, Carlyn spent a decade in philanthropy where she began building an expansive multiracial network of executives, consultants, and grantmakers. She started her career at The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation where she managed a portfolio of grants related to education, community service, health, and the arts.
Carlyn is certified in board consulting by BoardSource, is a Center for Nonprofit Advancement Industry Expert and holds memberships with Leadership Greater Washington (c/o 2021), the National Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and Art Table. A committed philanthropist, board member, and volunteer, she has held leadership roles on numerous boards and committees to advance leadership in small and mid-sized nonprofits.
Carlyn is a sought-after speaker on the nonprofit workforce’s generational and demographic shifts. She advised the Obama administration’s Office of Public Engagement on young professionals’ perspectives, chaired the DC chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network, and has been a featured guest on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show as a thought leader on the topic. In 2019, she founded the Next Gen Giving Circle, a group of nearly 100 mid-career professionals whose collective donations support BIPOC-led grassroots organizations in the DC region.
With a BA in Art History from Emory University and an MA in Museum Administration from The George Washington University, Carlyn puts her education to good use through frequent visits to museums and art institutions across the globe. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and international travel. She and her husband live off the H Street NE corridor in Washington, DC, the fifth generation in her family to do so.
KESSA R. THOMPSON
DIRECTOR OF TALENT
Kessa R. Thompson joined Good Insight in the fall of 2020. In the role of Director of Talent, she designs comprehensive recruitment strategies to attract a diverse pool of talented applicants for every executive search client. She identifies prospective candidates, conducts applicant screening, and prepares finalists for interviews with the search committee.
With 20 years in recruiting, talent acquisition, and human resources, Kessa brings a valued skill set to the Good Insight team. Kessa’s was most recently the Senior Director of Operations with United Community Supports of Maryland, where she hired and managed companions for individuals living with disabilities. She was also the National Director of Operations for Phalen Leadership Academies, a National Charter School organization. Her recent career also includes legal recruiting with Holland & Knight and Kirkland & Ellis.
Kessa earned a BS in Microbiology from Mississippi University for Women and a MSA in Human Resources Management from Trinity Washington University. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management.
CONSULTANTS & ADVISORS
Ginna Goodenow-Schirf joined as a Senior Consultant in Good Insight’s executive search practice in early 2021. In this role, she leads client engagements that plan leadership transitions and recruit qualified executives to meet their needs.
Ginna is an expert on nonprofit leadership transitions and brings almost 25 years of experience in the sector, including as a nonprofit founder, advisor, and consultant. Since 2006, she has completed nearly 500 search engagements for executives and leaders across the entire senior management spectrum. She has worked with clients in dozens of mission areas from start-ups to multi-million-dollar global institutions. She spent 14 years as a Senior Executive Search and Transition consultant with TransitionGuides and Raffa/Marcum’s Nonprofit Search, Transitions, and Planning practice.
In addition to her work with Good Insight, Ginna is the owner of Dragonfly Central, Inc., a national consulting firm based in Garrett Park, Maryland, that advises nonprofits on executive search, transition management, organizational sustainability, and leadership coaching.
Ginna earned her BA with a triple major in English, Sociology and Marketing from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She is passionate about health and wellness and is an avid runner, martial artist and personal trainer. She, her wife and their children are all lovers of the arts. Her wife is an abstract painter. Their oldest attends (SCAD) Savannah College of Art & Design and their youngest enjoys living close to DC and takes advantage of monuments and museums, particularly those focused on music, history and culture.
Claire Huschle serves as a Senior Consultant for Good Insight, and as a member of the team since 2017. In this role she works on special projects, including leadership transitions, capacity building programs, and executive coaching.
Claire has over two decades of nonprofit leadership experience. She has served as Director of George Mason University’s Arts Management program, where she has been an adjunct professor since 2007. As a recipient of a prestigious fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Claire worked with senior leadership to study on regional trends in millennial audience engagement. She has held senior leadership roles at visual arts organizations throughout the DC region.
In addition to her work with Good Insight, Claire is the Director of Scaffold, a project management firm for visual artists and arts organizations. As a curator, her exhibitions have been reviewed in the Washington Post and ArtPapers. Most recently, she worked with artist Margaret Boozer and soil scientist Dr. Richard Shaw to produce a chapter in Field to Palette: Dialogues in Soil and Art in the Anthropocene (Taylor & Francis, 2019). She is a founding co-director of the Art Extension Service of the Urban Soils Institute (New York City). An active member of ArtTable, she served on the Washington, DC Chapter’s Board of Directors for many years. Other relevant board service includes One in Ten/Reel Affirmations, Washington DC’s LGBTQ+ film festival.
Claire received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan, with high honors. In addition to her love of the arts, she’s a committed sports fan, making her as happy at a museum as she is in a stadium. She and her wife live in Washington, DC.
RUMBIDAZAI MUFUKA, Ph.D
Rumbidzai Mufuka Ph.D serves as a Consultant for Good Insight. She joined the team early 2021 and works on special projects, including research and analysis, facilitation, and board governance workshops.
Rumbi is a Certified Change Management Professional and has over ten years of strategic consulting experience in both the private and public sector. Drawing from her expertise in analyzing the motivations, behaviors and intentions of foreign leaders and civil society on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Rumbi brings a unique perspective to interpersonal and organizational challenges as well as solutions for meaningful and lasting change. After several years supporting government clients, Rumbi transitioned to the nonprofit sector as the first Director of Impact and Strategic Engagement at Compass, a DC-based nonprofit that provides pro bono consulting to nonprofits.
In addition to her work with Good Insight, Rumbi is the Founder and CEO of KAVA Consultancy, a firm that provides organizational assessments, strategic planning, and executive coaching to nonprofits and small businesses. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Art Enables and will begin her term as Chair in June 2021. She previously served as the inaugural board secretary of Young African Professionals DC, and lead their partnerships and strategy.
Rumbi received her M.A. and Ph.D in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Miami and her B.A. in Political Science from Emory University. Hobbies include storytelling, reading several books at once, and supporting all manner of people and organizations that uplift the African Diaspora. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two cats, Mercedez and Benz.
JANICE SIMSOHN SHAW
Janice Simsohn Shaw is an adept, high-energy facilitator with 20+ years of experience helping foundation and social change leaders to be better partners, listeners, and givers. She is a passionate and vocal advocate for the power of communal learning and action, helping staff teams, boards, coalitions, and others groups gain greater alignment, clarity, and meaning in their work together. She is a frequent trainer and speaker on facilitation, helping professionals with varied experience gain competence and confidence in making meetings, workshops, and all sorts of convenings engaging, effective, and enjoyable. She is proud to work with a range of inspiring non-profit organizations, foundations, donor collectives, and social-change focused companies, including the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Journey Charitable Foundation, McElhattan Foundation, Grantmakers for Education, Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation, National Association of City Transportation Officials, and many others.
In the philanthropic sphere, Janice has designed and facilitated leadership development programs for Next Gen donors and executive directors. Her writing has been published on a range of topics including capacity building, investing in non-profit leaders, program-related investments, facilitation, and multi-generational philanthropy.
Earlier in her career, Janice served the environmental field and the Jewish community, working directly for a number of non-profit organizations, and was both a journalist and fact-checker. Janice studied at Skidmore College and Oxford University, and has benefited greatly from training with the Social Transformation Project, Rockwood Leadership, National Outdoor Leadership School, Interaction Institute for Social Change, Race Forward,
Scaling Intimacy and the Center for Civic Reflection.