Our Story


Third Sector Company has been a national pioneer in the study and advancement of strategic transitional leadership for nonprofit organizations with service to over 600 organizations, professional and trade associations as well as training and support to over 125 independent professional interim executives.

Starting in 2002, a group of about 40 nonprofit executives from leading organizations, both large and small, from throughout the Greater Los Angeles area gathered to talk about the growing amount of turnover occurring among their peers. At the same time, the funding community was realizing the nonprofit sector was ill-prepared for executive transitions complicated by few nonprofit organizations having directed activities aimed at succession planning, executive retention, and talent pipelines cultivating future staff and board leaders.

Third Sector Company - Founding Community in 2002
Third Sector Company - Founding Community in 2002

With a mission statement of “leadership continuity for the nonprofit sector,” the group formed a professional community, under the leadership of Jeffrey R. Wilcox, President & Chief Engagement Officer. Now serving four regions of the Western United States and Canada and having helped over 600 nonprofits in two nations, Third Sector Company stands committed to further evolve its founding principals in unique and impactful ways that lift the nonprofit sector to higher ground in its service to others.


Our Approach


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Hire an Interim Executive

The graduates of Interim Executives Academy are available to provide vetted, highly-trained interim leadership to your nonprofit organization. From the training and experience at Interim Executives Academy, the graduates are able to provide a series of protocols and deliverables to ensure a successful interim engagement. They will also have access to mentorship and coaching through our community of interim leadership practice.

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Become an Interim Executive

Training and supporting interim leaders with tools and peer support are the core competencies of the Interim Executives Academy. Learn how to transform nonprofit organizations in a short time and how to grow a career as an interim executive leader.

At the conclusion of the Academy, aspiring or practicing interim chief executives will be given a Certificate of Completion signifying participation in a comprehensive learning program and affiliation with one of the largest networks of trained interim executives in the nation. Graduates of the Academy also will be awarded a digital badge for use in resumes and social media.

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