Lionel Anderson

Executive Recruiting in Washington, DC

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In 1967, my family immigrated to the Gun Hill Road section of the Bronx from Jamaica and Cuba. I was born amid the haze of early 1980s New York City and my father was violently murdered 18 months later. As a single parent, my mother, unflinchingly adamant about my studies, prepared me for acceptance to Prep for Prep. And, owing to my experiences as an alum of this life-changing program, I, years later, through my work in higher education, non-profit board participation with TeenSHARP, and ingredients-of-college-success writing with The New York Times, forged a career developing young people as bold, thoughtful, and empowered agents of change, leadership, and service.

While I'll still occasionally travel to and speak at colleges – as well as contribute essays to the Times (here & here) – the bulk of my time is now spent as a search consultant/executive recruiter, helping colleges, universities, and foundations identify and vet talent for key leadership posts.

If you think we can work together or be an asset to each other, please connect with me via e-mail: or on Twitter: @lionel_anderson.

  • Education
    • BA | Sociology | University of Pennsylvania
    • MSEd | Higher Education Management | University of Pennsylvania