Randall Search Associates is an executive search firm specializing in development and institutional advancement searches that span the nonprofit sector. We have deep experience in the development field and bring years of involvement with nonprofits to our mission of helping organizations find the talent -- and resources -- to achieve their goals.   

Executive Search

Our work in executive search has included recruitments throughout the United States for senior development, program, and marketing and communications professionals. Our searches focus on finding experienced and dedicated professionals in education, the arts, healthcare and medical research, human services, environment/conservation and animal welfare, and other nonprofits.

Fundraising Leaders​

​We primarily identify and recruit development/advancement leaders in the following positions: Executive Director; Vice President or Director of Development; Chief Philanthropy Officer; Directors of Major or Principal Gifts, Planned Giving, Corporate and Foundations Relations and Annual Giving; Director of Development Services or Operations; Director or Vice President of Communications and Marketing; Director of Alumni Relations; and Regional/Major Gift Officers.

I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies. 


Lawrence Bossidy

Former Chief Operating Officer, General Electric



About David Randall

Principal David Randall has over 25 years of experience in nonprofits and

brings an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising and volunteering to his role as search consultant.


During his development career, David held leadership positions in higher education, health care and environmental fundraising. He has built and managed comprehensive development programs and successfully recruited and trained dozens of development professionals.


As a fundraiser, David increased support for and led teams at some of the country’s leading public and private institutions, including Stanford University School of Medicine; Stanford Hospital & Clinics; Lehigh University; the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); the University of Washington; and Princeton University. His community involvement and fundraising work in the Bay Area include volunteering at the San Francisco SPCA, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Openhouse, and Friends of the Urban Forest.


David began his career in executive search at Carlson Beck, one of the nation's leading nonprofit executive search firms. While there, he led searches at a variety of levels (from executive directors of foundations and chief philanthropy officers to major gift officers) for a diverse group of nonprofits throughout the country. 


David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, and completed graduate study in International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania.