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​Leyna Bernstein

Managing Director and Principal

Leyna founded the firm and oversees all client engagements at LSP. She leads searches for CEOs and other senior management roles, and has special expertise in founder and long-time leader transitions. Leyna's recent clients include Alliance Medical Center, California Minority Counsel Program, Momentum for Mental Health, NatureBridge, Save the Redwoods League and UC Davis.  Leyna's first career was in the corporate sector as a human resources executive. She was Recruiting Research Manager for The Gap, Inc (across all brands), Director of Human Resources for The Nature Company, and Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for Smith & Hawken. In these roles, Leyna was responsible for recruiting a broad range of senior executives. In 1993 Leyna opened an HR consulting practice, and provided executive search services for both corporate and nonprofit clients.

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.

A popular speaker and trainer, Leyna regularly presents on topics related to leadership and board governance. She is a member of the National Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants and the founder of Women on Board, a peer learning network for women board leaders. She currently serves on the board of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, and her past board positions include Vice President for the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Vice President for Congregation Beth El, Treasurer of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and Board Chair for the Women’s Philharmonic. Leyna 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.


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.


​Brian Parker, M.B.A.


Brian serves as the business manager for LSP and leads all candidate research efforts. His professional experience spans the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors. His first career was as an environmental planner working for Humboldt and Solano Counties. After business school, Brian worked in software marketing for IBM, Informix and SchemaLogic. Prior to joining LSP and motivated by his life-long passion for the environment, Brian switched sectors to focus on sustainability practices, and worked as a consultant and in senior staff positions with green business and solar energy organizations. An abiding interest in public policy and politics forms the basis for Brian's "hobby": He has managed 25 local and regional political campaigns as a volunteer. He served on the board of the Humboldt Access Project and as Chair of the Waterfront Committee for the City of Albany. He is an active volunteer with the Committee for Eastshore Parks and the Sierra Club. Brian lives in Albany with his wife Leyna and stepson Eli. Brian received a B.S. in Environmental Planning & Management and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Davis.


Stacey Konner, CPSP

Senior Talent Sourcer

Stacey is a consultant to Leadership Search Partners and provides talent sourcing for many of 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.

Stacey has helped the following nonprofits achieve their fundraising goals and accomplish their missions: Sonoma Land Trust, Sierra Nevada Memorial 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. 

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.