President and CEO

Philanthropy Roundtable, America’s leading network of charitable donors working to strengthen our free society, uphold donor intent and protect the freedom to give, seeks a new president and CEO to succeed Elise Westhoff, who will be stepping down to devote more time to her young and growing family.

Founded in 1991, the Roundtable has grown to a $12 million organization focused on fostering excellence in philanthropy, protecting philanthropic freedom and helping donors advance liberty, opportunity and personal responsibility.

The new president and CEO will have a deep commitment to the mission and principles of Philanthropy Roundtable, as well as a passion for philanthropy, a flourishing civil society and philanthropic freedom. He/she will have a significant track record of leadership and management success and the vision to execute the Roundtable’s ambitious strategic plan and take the Roundtable to the next level of membership, influence and effectiveness, especially in serving and inspiring high-net-worth individual donors.

The strategic plan calls for significant growth in donors, revenue and impact. The new president and CEO will play a primary role in helping the Roundtable fight to protect philanthropic freedom and to grow a community of donors dedicated to strengthening our free society.

The president and CEO reports to the board of directors.


The president and CEO will manage a high-performing senior executive team, and work with them to achieve the following responsibilities:

  • Execute the strategic plan, and revise it, as necessary, in collaboration with the board
  • Build a national philanthropic movement of donors and foundations committed to strengthening our free society
  • Ensure that the Roundtable is the national leader in the protection of philanthropic freedom and that it is widely known for this leadership among individual donors as well as foundations
  • Maintain high standards of excellence and integrity in all of the Roundtable’s conferences and other goods and services
  • Develop world-class convenings and other goods and services that actively engage and add value for high-net-worth individuals
  • Attract high-net-worth individuals as donors
  • Work closely and responsively with the board—providing the board with the timely information and analysis it needs for effective oversight and accountability and for making strategic choices
  • Represent the Roundtable in the media, in testimony before Congress and with gatherings of high-level business and professional leaders


  • Absolute commitment to the mission and principles of Philanthropy Roundtable
  • Dynamic and innovative personality with the ability to foster new ideas and inspire change
  • Passion for philanthropy, a flourishing civil society and philanthropic freedom
  • Vision to take the Roundtable to the next level of membership, influence and effectiveness, especially in serving and inspiring high-net-worth individual donors
  • Significant executive experience running and growing an organization or a substantial part of an organization
  • Experience implementing a strategic plan in a business or nonprofit
  • Demonstrated track record in building and overseeing high-performing teams
  • Proven ability to win the confidence and trust of individual donors, foundation executives and board members
  • Experience building, and being accountable to, organizational and project budgets
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising
  • Strong customer-service orientation
  • Broad generalist knowledge of public policy, the key institutions driving public discourse and major cultural issues affecting the nation
  • Significant experience working in or with the liberty movement
  • Demonstrated equal capacity to lead and listen
  • Absolute integrity in all matters of financial management and personal conduct
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience and comfort in dealing with media (preferred)

Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

• A cover letter including:
• Your interest in leading Philanthropy Roundtable
• An overview of your leadership and organizational growth experience, fundraising experience and experience serving as the public face of an entity
• Desired salary range
• Résumé
• A list of at least four professional references who can attest to the material presented by the candidate

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.