Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.


Representative Clients

Katherine Jacobs leads worldwide efforts to strengthen the capacity of our nonprofit, higher education, and public sector clients and manages the strategic development of our firm’s virtual workforce.

With deep national and international experience as a psychologist, teacher, researcher, and search consultant, Katherine guides organizations through transformational leadership changes and facilitates professional and craft development among both our clients’ staff members and our own internal team.

Katherine’s executive search experience spans the mission- driven sector from presidential searches for prominent Ivy League universities and international advocacy organizations to mid-level and executive positions in small, grassroots organizations in their start-up phases. Katherine formerly served as Senior Associate for Isaacson, Miller, one of the nation’s leading search firms dedicated to mission-driven organizations, where she developed deep consulting experience in their higher education, advocacy, and nonprofit search practices.

A Fulbright scholar and recipient of the Herbert L. Zimmer Award for excellence in psychological research, Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Rochester while training at the Eastman School of Music as a classical cellist. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Psychology from Georgetown University. Katherine continued her international travel both living and working in 5 countries before settling into the DC metro area.  She speaks conversational German and basic Russian and Greek.

Katherine’s doctoral research focused on the psychological foundations of policy for managing cultural diversity and, in her consulting work, Katherine has brought her research to bear on the challenges of diversifying executive leadership.