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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
TALENT ACQUISITION SPECIALIST
Kessa R. Thompson joined Good Insight in the fall of 2020. In the role of Talent Acquisition Specialist, 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.
Dannie brings over 20 years in nonprofit management, fundraising, and talent management to her work at Good Insight. Most recently, Dannie worked as a background investigator for the U.S. Department of State, where she conducted research on employees seeking security clearances. She served as the first VP of Elevate, a national grant writing consulting firm based in Washington, DC, where she built teams of dozens of grantwriters, designed internal operating systems, and directed business development. Dannie prioritizes working with nonprofits that support and empower underserved communities. She has extensive experience with direct social services, policymaking, and youth.
She holds a B.S. from the University of Arizona and an M.S. in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Married to a Foreign Service Officer, Dannie and her family recently returned from Quito, Ecuador, and she continues to advise a number of nonprofits on talent acquisition and institutional fundraising.
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.