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DIRECTOR OF SEARCH
Kate Dykgraaf joined the Good Insight team in 2022 as a Director of Search. As a member of Good Insight’s search practice, Kate leads national searches for nonprofit CEOs, association executives, and philanthropy professionals, employing an antiracist approach to talent acquisition. Kate is passionate about bending systems towards equity and justice by supporting individual, organizational, and community transformation.
Prior to joining Good Insight, Kate served as Director of Leadership Development at the Center for Community Investment. In that role, she led the Center’s leadership development programs, including the Fulcrum Fellowship and Field Catalyst programs, which are comprised of multiracial, cross-disciplinary cohorts of professionals from philanthropy, public health, government, finance, and community development, each with a strong commitment to racial equity.
During the Obama Administration, Kate served as Deputy Director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), which piloted innovative place-based technical assistance models in economically distressed cities. She also managed more than $30 million in federal grants for the administration’s Sustainable Communities Initiative and was a 2010 Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Kate has a Master’s of Urban Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English from The College of William and Mary. She completed the Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership in 2020 and is pursuing credentialing from the International Coach Federation.
Kate is a Texpat based in Arlington, VA with her husband, son, and labradoodle, always on the lookout for good tacos and brisket.
DIRECTOR OF SEARCH
Isha Hunter 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.
Tej Pikle serves as a Search Associate for Good Insight. He joined the team in 2023 and supports search projects’ operations and recruitment strategies.
Tej is an experienced recruitment professional who began his career at Shortlist, an executive search firm focused on international talent acquisition in Africa and India. His passion for advancing social equity drives him to create a better world to live in. Tej recently earned a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior, which informs his people-centered approach to human resources.
Tej was born and raised in India and now calls Northern Virginia home. He is a voracious consumer of pop culture, loves learning new languages, and is always on the hunt for a good documentary.
Danielle Soba serves as a Search Associate for Good Insight. She joined the team in 2022 and supports search projects’ operations and recruitment strategies.
Danielle brings significant experience in project and operations management. Advocating for racial and social equity drives her work and commitment to improving the well-being of all. Prior to joining Good Insight, Danielle earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a certificate in African Studies from Boston University, and received her Bachelor’s in International Relations with a minor in African-American and African Studies from the University of California, Davis. Previously, Danielle worked for the California YMCA Youth & Government in Sacramento, California, where she led the organization’s volunteer efforts, program development, and logistics for civic engagement conferences for over 4,500 middle and high school students. She also took the initiative to develop curriculum and workshops that advanced participants’ understanding of racial and economic justice. In addition, she serves as a board member of the Afripeace Foundation that promotes US-Africa relations through peace education, youth development, and cross-cultural interactions.
Danielle was born and raised in Northern California and is currently residing in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her hobbies include traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with loved ones.
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.
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.