Executive Search & Recruiting Firm Los Angeles

Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. Executive Search Firm

Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. is widely considered one of the top executive search firms in Los Angeles. That’s because at the core of our practice is a commitment to giving our clients an exceptional quality of service.

To achieve our extraordinary placement success, we’ve developed a resourceful, disciplined, and high touch approach to executive searches. First, we start with a comprehensive information-gathering process. Then we begin an extensive search process augmented by our state-of-the-art research, backed by more than two decades of success in executive recruiting. Clients who choose Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. get the best of both worlds. They get the global reach of a big firm and the world-class, high touch responsiveness of a smaller firm. The result is an agile and successful search completely tailored to each client’s unique requirements.

Retained executive search success requires agility, resourcefulness, and a thorough understanding of the distinct characteristics of each market. Our knowledgeable executive search consultants, our combined decades of experience, and our innovative search process allow us to consistently achieve results for our clients. In addition, we’ve developed an extensive global network. This enables us to identify and recruit talented executives around the world. Our proprietary database contains the best potential sources and candidates across all sectors, ensuring an unparalleled network and reach. This means that we present our clients with extremely qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds. As a result, our clients hire exceptional leaders, each with a strong track record of success.

We believe in and promote a culture of inclusion, where the intersections of race or ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, and ability are celebrated. Our firm was founded on a pledge of integrity, quality, and success, based in the values shared by our consultants. Those promises can be fulfilled, in part, by combating the historical and institutional factors that have often obstructed many candidates. As a Certified Women Owned Small Business, we take our mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion seriously. Respect and transparency are priorities in every interaction our team has with every person, both client and candidate.

Equity and access are not only fundamental to creating a just society, they are also imperative for organizational success. Organizations are strengthened by the varied perspectives gained from leadership teams representing diverse backgrounds. Aligning our actions with our values, a diverse pool of qualified candidates is always imperative during our search process. By leveraging our vast experience, we have a solid track record of presenting clients with candidate slates representing our modern world. As proof of concept, over 60% of our placements in the last three years have been from historically underrepresented populations.

At Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc., we firmly believe that high quality work produces high quality placements. Our 98% retention rate has proven it. Our dedication to personal attention, agility, and quality is why our clients return to us repeatedly despite having other less expensive options available. We’ve seen first-hand the effect trailblazing, innovative leaders can have on organizations and helping our clients acquire such executives is what motivates us every day.


The Shelli Herman and Associates Team

Shelli HermanShelli Herman

President and Founder

As a leader in executive recruiting, Shelli Herman brings her strong knowledge of market intelligence and her proven track record of leading successful searches to each client’s engagement. As a testament to these results, she takes great pride in the number of clients for whom she does repeat or referral work.

In keeping with the company’s dedication to nonprofits, Shelli is a prominent volunteer in the Los Angeles community. She is vice president of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Bureau, serving as chair of the Governance Committee and an active member of the Executive Committee. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Los Angeles, a volunteer organization for women focused on leadership and service to the community. Shelli additionally served several terms on the Board of Directors as development director and projects director.

For 12 years, Shelli helped guide the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) as a member of the Board of Directors. The DWC works to eradicate homelessness for women on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Her time as founding chair of the Development Committee resulted in a period of unprecedented financial growth for the organization. She also served as the 2016 chair for the DWC’s Dinner with a Cause, which saw the highest net revenue in the history of the event.

Shelli is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the Foundation of the Wichita State University and a member of the prestigious Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants.

Margot GarberMargot Garber

Director of Search Operations

Margot Garber has participated in more than 100 search assignments supporting the work of Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc.’s consultants. She has assisted diverse clients, from respected institutions of higher education and nonprofits providing social services to organizations elevating the arts and innovative corporations.

Recognizing that every client’s needs are distinct, she takes pride in helping provide services specifically tailored for each search. Known for her can-do attitude and tenacious approach to problem solving, Margot has proven herself as a fundamental part of the search execution team. Her hand touches every part of the work that is accomplished by the firm and she takes great pride in the profound commitment to quality that makes Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. a best in class enterprise.

As someone dedicated to providing exemplary client service, Margot is an invaluable member of the Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc. team. Margot holds a bachelor’s from the University of San Francisco. Immediately following college, Margot spent several years in a leadership role supporting a family business prior to joining the firm in 2012.

Kymberly Garrett

Of Counsel

Kymberly Garret is Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc.’s in-house diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant. Kymberly stands ready to participate in all phases of the executive search process, which may include initial due diligence during the intake phase; working with our clients to uncover and solve for unconscious bias; evaluating client readiness for a diversity hire; reviewing the recruitment process to ensure the use of inclusive practices; and preparing interview questions that allow for fair assessment of the entire candidate pool. Kymberly is available to our clients throughout the entire search process to provide best practices in executive search.

For the past 15 years, Kymberly has also served as president and managing partner of GarrettSpioni Group, a talent management solutions firm that focuses on executive leadership development, talent acquisition, and supporting diversity initiatives at both the corporate and nonprofit board level, as well as the senior levels of corporations and nonprofits globally. Whether creating customized leadership training programs or facilitating change management initiatives, Kymberly utilizes her experiences in both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, as well as private and nonprofit organizations, to help guide groups to become sustainable, high impact, and high performing teams.

Kymberly, a Chicago native, has called southern California home for the last 20 years. A frequent guest speaker, lecturer, and presenter, Kymberly holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and multiple professional certifications; she serves on various advisory boards.

Krista HaleyKrista Haley


Krista Haley is an experienced executive recruiter whose work reflects her passion for client service as well as her acute attention to detail. Her ability to assess talent and make an impeccable match with clients is unrivaled. An executive search consultant since 2005, Krista’s specialty is in senior-level finance, administration/general management, communications, and marketing functions. Since joining Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc., Krista has applied her extensive search experience to a number of higher education and nonprofit searches at the decision-maker level. A sampling of her impressive client portfolio includes the University of California, Los Angeles; Loyola Marymount University; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING; and the Annenberg Foundation.

Prior to joining Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc., Krista was with another Los Angeles-based executive search firm as a senior vice president, whereby she managed corporate communications, investor relations, marketing, and nonprofit and higher education leadership searches for clients including the University of Southern California, Mattel, Occidental Petroleum, the Gap Inc., Kia Motors, Kaiser Permanente, and The Capital Group Companies.

Before becoming an expert search consultant, Krista worked at public relations agency Weber Shandwick in Los Angeles, where she developed communications and crisis management plans for major corporations spanning industries that included healthcare, technology, manufacturing, financial services, and consumer products. She advised corporate clients including Mattel, Pacific Union Bank, and the Automobile Club of Southern California on communications strategies related to financial restructuring, litigation, executive succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate reputation management.

Krista spent her early career working in New York as a managing director at public relations firm BSMG Worldwide, where she directed communications and investor relations programs for clients including Trans World Airlines, Samsung, and Deloitte & Touche. She was one of the founding members of BSMG’s first Los Angeles office in 1997. Krista received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Amy Perrone


Amy Perrone has been devoted to diversity recruitment for more than 25 years. She has extensive retained search experience in higher education and building upper-management teams for organizations as varied as Fortune 500 companies, top Wall Street firms, and Silicon Valley giants. This depth of experience creates a profound understanding of the challenges and solutions for creating a diverse workforce.

Her expertise includes assisting clients to reach diversity and inclusion goals. At each step of the retained recruitment process, Amy implements best practices that have been verified by academic researchers as optimal for diversity recruitment. Her ability to analyze complex organizations combined with her perceptive attention to detail and understanding of human behavior results in an approach that is both strategic and tactical. Seeing the broad picture, she dives into the smaller details where bias hides. Many factors can encourage or discourage historically underrepresented and diversity candidates from applying for a position. As a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) specialist, Amy also consults with clients to identify policies, processes, and procedures that are hiring barriers for a diverse workforce. She identifies where best practices are not being used and recommends solutions to plug the numerous bias entry points. She helps clients have difficult but necessary conversations about microaggressions, as well as unconscious and conscious bias. She works closely with search committees to ensure equitable candidate assessment and to optimize time and teamwork.

Amy’s unique DEI skills are the result of her organizational and individual psychology background and education. Amy graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she also did post-graduate work in organizational psychology at the Institute for Social Research. She received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

In The News

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SmartBrief Article, “Fearless Peers Share Insights on Life After COVID-19”

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California Institute of the Arts Press Release, Senior Vice President of Advancement

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Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants Article

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