David S. Martin, Managing Partner of Sterling Martin Associates, has three decades of professional experience, including national executive search, nonprofit leadership, and in the Fortune 500 world with Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Since starting his executive search career in 1989, David has held senior-level positions with such global search firms as Korn/Ferry International and has launched new offices in Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, and Irvine, CA. He founded Sterling Martin Associates in 2006.
Prominent nonprofit clients have included: AARP, American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS), Independent Sector, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), National Association of Children’s Hospitals (NACHRI), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Sister Cities International, among others. Corporate clients have included such blue chip companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Evian Waters, and Sara Lee Corporation.
He has conducted searches in a broad range of executive leadership positions at the “C-suite level” such as President/CEO, Executive Directors and Chief Operating Officers. He has also conducted senior staff searches for positions such as Chief Strategy Officer; Chief International Officer; Chief Information Officer; Chief Financial Officer; VP, Public Policy; VP, Development; VP, Education and VP, Research.
Through his extensive involvement as a board member, search committee member and volunteer leader, he brings a unique perspective to his nonprofit clients, providing first-hand experience with the particular issues and unique challenges of nonprofits, professional and trade associations, and educational institutions in recruiting top executives.
David serves on the Board of Directors of Good360 (formerly Gifts In Kind International), a leading international nonprofit organization, where he has served for eight years. He recently completed a pro bono search for Good360’s Board Chair and recruited Ms. Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, to the position.
David regularly attends national conferences for professional development, to build his network, and to stay up-to-date on the most current issues facing nonprofit organizations and associations. Recent conferences include the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Council on Foundations, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Board Source® and Independent Sector. David holds a BA from the University of Vermont and attended the University at Albany-SUNY where he pursued his MBA.