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Scott C. Staub, ACFRE

Managing Director

Scott serves as Managing Director of Leadership Search Partners, and conducts leadership searches on behalf of our clients. A nonprofit professional for over 30 years, Scott Staub has demonstrated success in building high performing teams, budgeting and financial analysis, problem-solving, and creativity, to achieve measurable results. He has served as both staff and consultant to many nonprofits.  He was the executive director for the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and recently Chief Advancement Officer for the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center.

Over the course of his career, Scott has served nonprofit organizations by planning, directing and implementing capital campaigns to raise millions of dollars for hospitals, churches and schools. An accomplished major gift solicitor, Scott has successfully researched, cultivated and solicited many six and seven figure gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.  Annual giving campaigns have met or exceeded goals and remained within budget.

Scott holds the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive credential, the highest available for fundraisers, and is one of 110 people in North America to achieve this distinction. He has been honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Aloha and Silicon Valley chapters as an Outstanding Fundraising Professional. He has served as an officer of AFP International board and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy board. He’s been a regular speaker at the AFP International Conference as well many AFP chapters. He’s also been active in Rotary International as president of the Ala Moana Rotary Club and the Golden Gate University Alumni Association board.

Scott holds a MPA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. 


​Leyna Bernstein

Founder & Senior Advisor

Leyna founded the firm in 2009, and continues to be involved as an advisor on client engagements and in business development. She also provides board and CEO coaching and consulting to LSP clients. Leyna has over 20 years of experience as a coach, trainer and trusted advisor to nonprofit leaders, and works with executives and boards to strengthen their partnerships and improve leadership and governance skills.

Leyna's first career was in the national retail sector as a human resources executive. She served in senior corporate HR leadership roles with The Nature Company, The Gap, Inc., and Smith & Hawken. In 1996 Leyna was hired by The Management Center to create an HR consulting practice for Northern California nonprofits. Promoted to Director of Consulting Services, she managed a consulting team providing executive search, human resources and organizational development consulting to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Prior to starting LSP, Leyna also served as Program Director for the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, and Director of Programs for the CBO Center.

Leyna is the founder of Women on Board, a peer learning network for women board leaders. She has served on the boards of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Congregation Beth El, the Jewish Film Institute, and the Women’s Philharmonic. She is the author of “Creating Your Employee Handbook: A Do-It-Yourself Kit for Nonprofits”, published by Jossey Bass. She graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley. 


​Heather Merriam, M.B.A.

Senior Consultant & Principal

Heather is a senior Principal with LSP and leads CEO, COO and Chief Development Officer searches. Heather's recent clients include First 5 Alameda County, St. Vincent de Paul, Institute on Aging, Planned Parenthood Northern California, the San Francisco Parks Alliance and Sempervirens Fund. She is a former executive director, financial recruiter and nonprofit consultant. Heather's early career was in the professional staffing industry. As an account executive for Robert Half International, she was responsible for placing senior level financial professionals in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She then moved on to M Squared, an interim staffing firm specializing in C-level executives, where she was promoted twice, eventually becoming the Director of Client Services. 

Heather then transitioned to the nonprofit sector, and served in an internal consulting role as Senior Associate Director and Resources Representative for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  In this position she provided consulting, training and resource exchange to the board chairs and executive directors of Planned Parenthood affiliates located in the Western half of the US. Inspired by the leadership training she had received at PPFA, Heather sought a leadership role and, in 2008, was named Executive Director of Rotaplast International, a San Francisco based non-profit that sends teams of surgeons overseas to perform cleft lip and palate surgery on children who cannot access it. Heather’s professional experience is backed by an undergradutate degree from Binghamton University and an MBA from the Thunderbird Global School of Management. She currently serves on the board of the Red Panda Network, an international nonprofit focused on the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat. Heather lives with her husband Whitney in Berkeley, and spends her weekends enjoying creative writing at their second home in Lake County.


Stacey Konner, CPSP

Senior Consultant & Sourcer

Stacey is a Certified People Sourcing Professional and provides talent sourcing for our executive searches. Stacey's background includes 20 years’ experience leading and managing corporate and nonprofit operations and over a decade in nonprofit fund development. She has worked for General Electric, Alcatel and Early Warning Services as a programmer analyst, software diagnostic engineer and project lead.

In addition, Stacey was a development officer for many nationally-recognized nonprofits and helped them achieve their fundraising goals and accomplish their missions. These included the Sonoma Land Trust, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Bear Yuba Land Trust, and Sierra Family Medical Clinic. She is a development consultant for the Center for Nonprofit Leadership's Coaching and Consulting Network and has served on many nonprofit boards.

All this experience helps Stacey use technology to find exceptional passive candidates for nonprofit executive searches. While researching she takes into consideration each organization's mission, size, culture, values, budget, and specific job requirements and she has successfully completed local, regional, nationwide and worldwide searches. Stacey’s success rate is extremely high with her research providing many semi-finalists, finalists, and placed professionals.

Stacey received her B.S. in Forestry from the University of California at Berkeley and studied Computer Systems Analysis at Miami University. She now lives with her husband in Groveland, just outside Yosemite National Park. When not using technology for executive searches, she is hiking or backpacking somewhere in Yosemite.


Chelsea Burr

Search Coordinator

Chelsea graduated from San Jose State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management. Having been the Vice President of Pink Spots for over 8 years, Chelsea brings professional front desk and management experience to her role as Search Coordinator. Chelsea works closely with clients throughout the search process to provide administrative support to the team.

When Chelsea is not working to coordinate searches, she spends most of her time with her identical twin sister, Amanda. Chelsea enjoys cooking, camping, music festivals, traveling, and photography.