About the Search Firm

isaacson-miller-logoIsaacson, Miller is a national executive search firm devoted to recruiting exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations. Our founders created the firm in 1982, a time when civic institutions rarely used executive search firms.

The firm has grown steadily, and today, Isaacson, Miller stands alone as a large, national, retained search firm dedicated to the full range of public and civic missions. We have active practices in higher education, science and social science research, human services, conservation and environmental defense, human and civil rights advocacy, K-12 education, academic and community healthcare, philanthropy, arts and culture, and community-based economic development, with sub-specialties in almost every functional area.

Many of our clients and past candidates become part of an extended network that shares our goal of strengthening the civic infrastructure. They see their own missions reflected in the work of the firm and choose to assist us, generously, in our quest for the finest talent in their fields.

The country’s civic community has come to recognize our persistent commitment to recruiting diverse talent. On average, in searches completed with us over the last decade, 40% of our clients have hired women and 25% people of color.

Isaacson, Miller is a mission-driven business committed to the recruitment of powerful civic leaders who raise our own and our clients’ competitive aspirations. We believe that civic organizations are essential to a strong civil society, a vigorous democracy, and to a free market economy. Civic institutions educate us all. They encourage the marketplace of ideas through research, teaching, and advocacy. They inspire innovation, and, through foundations and philanthropy, they arouse the charitable endeavors of private citizens. The civic sector serves as the guardian of our economic and societal strength. We have made its success our business.


Philip Jaeger joined Isaacson, Miller in 2003 with experience in higher education and human resources consulting. His practice at the firm is concentrated in academic health care, the biological sciences, and professional schools in higher education. Philip’s clients include universities, colleges, academic medical centers, and professional organizations. Philip came to Isaacson, Miller from another executive search firm serving educational and nonprofit organizations. Prior to search, he worked at Cambria Consulting, a Boston-based consulting firm that specializes in human resource management, where he helped launch the company’s executive coaching practice. He began his career at Hamilton College in the admissions office. Philip holds a BA from Hamilton College and an EdM in higher education administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Vice President
Office: (202) 216-2276


Patricia (Pat) Hastie joined Isaacson, Miller as a Vice President in 2016 with over 10 years of experience in executive search and an early background in healthcare. Previously, Pat was a principal with a Philadelphia-based executive search firm where she led searches for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners HealthCare, University of Pennsylvania Health System, City of Hope National Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and NYU Langone Medical Center, to name a few. Prior to entering executive search, Pat spent 20 years in private practice as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and large-scale disaster response. In her early career, she worked as a psychotherapist at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and as a mental health administrator at the American Red Cross. Pat is a Founding Partner of Globalislocal, a foundation of women leaders investing in the sustainable empowerment of women and children living in extreme poverty. She serves on the Investigative Division of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and was appointed as a Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Pat earned a BSW from Temple University and an MSS from Bryn Mawr College.
Vice President
Office: (617) 933-1995


Amy Segal joined Isaacson, Miller in 2011. Before coming to the firm, Amy was a Program Officer at the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (the Trust), where she worked with local nonprofit providers, city agencies, and public schools to expand and improve services and opportunities for children, youth, and their families. Amy remains connected to this network as a volunteer and board member. Before joining the Trust, Amy directed national recruitment campaigns for Teach for America, increasing the number of accepted applicants from 30 colleges and universities by 66 percent. Amy earned dual BA degrees in English and religion and politics from Lafayette College.
Senior Associate
Office: (202) 682-1504


Amy Laskowske joined Isaacson, Miller in 2013. She provides support to Philip Jaeger, Barbara Stevens, and associates at all stages of the search process, coordinating logistical arrangements and acting as an administrative liaison for clients, candidates, and the team. She works to ensure that the needs of clients and candidates are met and that each search is executed efficiently. Prior to joining Isaacson, Miller, Amy worked as a Communications Fellow at the Partnership for Public Service. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010, where she majored in global studies. In 2012, she also received her MPP from the University of Minnesota.
Managing Search Coordinator
Office: (202) 552-5520