Executive Search for Not-for-Profit Cultural Institutions

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Freda Mindlin

Freda Mindlin

Freda Mindlin, President/CEO of Opportunity Resources, has over twenty-five years of executive search experience in the not-for-profit cultural sector. This includes several years when Freda was affiliated with Johnson Smith & Knisely and Ward Howell, two major international executive search firms where she managed the not-for-profit practice divisions.

Approximately twenty years ago Freda established Opportunity Resources Inc. as a stand-alone search firm. With a significant background in the world of cultural and educational organizations, Freda has personally executed or supervised several hundred senior-level executive search assignments for museums of every genre, including history, science and visual art and performing arts organizations throughout the United States.

Freda is recognized as a knowledgeable resource in the arts industry. She has served as a speaker at conferences and workshops for professional organizations including the American Alliance of Museums (formerly American Association of Museums), Association of Art Museum Directors and the Rehabilitation Services Administration on leadership, Board/ Director relationships and careers in the arts. Freda chaired the grants review panel for service and presenting organizations for the New York State Council for the Arts for three years. She has also served on not-for-profit boards including the East Hampton Contemporary Art Center, Women In Development, NY, and ArtTable Inc.

Originally from New England, Freda attended the University of Maine and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.


Nancy Kaufman

Nancy Kaufman

Nancy Kaufman is Vice President of Opportunity Resources Inc. She became involved in executive search 15 years ago, after many years as an arts advisor and consultant to institutional, corporate and private clients. Previously, Nancy served as Director of the Visual Arts Referral Services of the Creative Artists Public Service Program, an affiliate of the New York State Council on the Arts.

She has served on the Boards of Directors of ArtTable, Inc., the Center for Arts Information and the Association of Professional Art Advisors. Since joining Opportunity Resources, Nancy has successfully completed senior-level search assignments across a broad range of disciplines.

Nancy grew up near Boston and received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Boston University. She attended the graduate school of the University of California, Berkeley, where the focus of her work was architectural history. Nancy began her career as a research assistant to Ada Louise Huxtable, architectural critic and essayist.


Linda Leonard

Linda Leonard provides a range of client services as Opportunity Resources Inc.’s Research Associate. Her previous experience includes work for two prestigious New York law firms. Originally from Rochester, New York, Linda has studied art and crafts and is a writer.