David S. Martin
(202) 257-1627 | email
President, CEO & Managing Partner

Sterling Martin Associates


1025 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036 United States

About Us

Sterling Martin Associates (SMA) is a national executive search firm founded in 2006 by CEO and Managing Partner, David Martin. Now celebrating our 15th year, SMA has since grown to five offices located in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, and Orange County, CA. Sterling Martin offers national reach and scope while providing a superior quality of service in a cost-effective manner. Our clients are leading associations and nonprofit organizations, and our partners and consultants bring for-profit and nonprofit management experience to the table. Our team also serves as volunteers to a wide range of nonprofit and for-profit governing boards. This combination of hands-on executive experience, executive search expertise, governance, and corporate experience provide a deep understanding of the issues and challenges faced in recruiting senior executives. Because of our staff’s prior search experience working with such global firms as Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest search firm, and Boyden International, our clients get the best of both worlds, that is, big firm experience in an innovative, mid-size search firm package.

To stay abreast of the latest thinking and best practices in nonprofit management, we regularly pursue professional development through industry events and leadership development meetings such as the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Independent Sector, BoardSource® and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Through our ongoing search work, attendance at industry forums, and continued research, Sterling Martin has built a formidable network of contacts throughout the United States.

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