David Kushner is an experienced and results-focused senior-level executive consultant, leadership coach, and go-to advisor on high-stakes organizational challenges and crises. He serves not-for-profit associations, government organizations, foundations, and corporations around the world on governance and structure issues and guides leaders through strategic deliberation for major institutional change. David is best known for his expertise in “the politics of management and the management of politics,” and is well-regarded among C-level leaders as the organizational risk assessor they trust during critical transitions.

Delighting Clients for  More Than 40 Years

"David Kushner has tremendous depth of experience as a CEO, which I value (he has sat in our chair!) and he has provided tremendously good counsel to both the Board and myself outside of the specific engagement. A real pro! It's so important to find the right facilitator who will be a good partner with you and is the right fit for the Board so they are engaged, trust the process and have the opportunity to add value."
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Jeff Shields, FASAE, CAE
President and CEO, National Business Officers Association
"I strongly recommend David Kushner because of his extensive experience working with nonprofit boards as well as mergers/acquisitions within the nonprofit sphere. I have worked with him directly on a number of different projects, and think very highly of him (as do our volunteer leaders)."
Kate Fryer
Kate Fryer
Executive Vice President, American Chemical Society

Areas of Practice

For organizations on the cusp of something big or in the midst of something messy, it can be hard to know where to start. David Kushner’s clients typically begin their institutional turnarounds or organizational evolutions by first engaging with David in one or more of the following key areas of collaborative work.

Executive Coaching & Advisory Services

Benefit from experienced and candid perspectives about how to lead more effectively, manage internal politics, improve personal performance, grow your managers, collaborate with your governance bodies, resolve conflict, and generate sustainable, profitable growth.

Organizational Assessment & Restructuring

Own success at every turn. Approach cultural assessments, restructuring, and even mergers with a trusted partner who provides personalized, confidential, experience-based advice and counsel. Tackle turnarounds or major change in a way that achieves your goals, saves time and money, and reduces overall stress factors that accompany change.

Strategic Deliberation & Exploration

Chart pathways forward (for the next 12-18 months and beyond), exploring new programs, building or enhancing strategic partner relationships, launching new business units, or undertaking other critical activities. More than “strategic planning,” strategic deliberation takes CEOs, Boards, and leadership teams into the conversations that can ignite opportunity and results.

Mediation & Conflict Resolution

Resolve problems with other organizations, improve relationships with a chapter or region, or end disputes between internal departments or divisions, and among staff, Board members, and committee members. Count on David for his calm demeanor and his superb question-asking ability, drawing out key issues and areas of potential consensus.


Why David Kushner?

One of the only true “organizational risk assessors,” deal makers, and leadership experts available for on-demand, high-stakes consultation and coaching, David helps create clarity and smooth operations at companies and organizations that have grown too fast, gotten messy, or bitten off more than they can chew.

Who Chooses David Kushner?

From the largest and most complex membership organizations in the world — to industry-leading corporations and universities — to scientific, technical, and professional societies — to certification and credentialing programs — David is called upon by top leaders at organizations built to serve, innovate, and enable progress for the masses.

What Has David Kushner Accomplished?

David’s clients know that when an initiative is complex, large, high-stakes, or unprecedented, David will deliver. When legacy organizations with names like “National (or International) Association of …” or “Global Society of …” or “The Foundation for …” come up against massive challenges or opportunities, they call David because his record of achievements for their peers and competitors precedes him.


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