We developed this list of the top executive search firms in Washington, D.C. because finding a leader for your organization is already hard enough. With this list, we wanted to make your decision of selecting an executive search firm a little easier.

Some of these executive recruiters in D.C. utilize a national network of executive recruiters located in major cities across the country. Others are local to Washington, D.C. and have worked in the fields in which they now recruit talent. Whatever the structure of the organization, these companies all have been recommended to be included on this list.

Here’s the list of top executive search firms in Washington, D.C.

Y Scouts

Y Scouts is a purpose-based, performance-proven leadership search and development firm focused on transforming how people and organizations connect to work that matters.

For executive recruiters, D.C. offers a unique candidate pool to draw passionate and qualified talent.

At Y Scouts, our Washington D.C. executive recruiters understand the functions and dynamics surrounding the most critical leadership roles.

As a certified B-Corp, we also understand the importance of planet, people and profit. Combine our knowledge of recruiting exceptional leaders with our purpose-driven philosophy, and Y Scouts is able to present the highest caliber leadership candidates to our clients.

When you’re ready to hire a new leader, contact Y Scouts. If you are looking for your next leadership role within a purpose-driven, performance-focused organization, please join the Y Scouts Leadership Community.

Phone: 480-498-7222

Website: yscouts.com

Battalia Winston

Battalia Winston is one of the largest woman-owned executive search firms in the world. They have an office in the Washington, D.C. area.

Phone: 202-626-8080

Website: battaliawinston.com


ESGI is dedicated to recruiting top executives for companies that sell products to federal, state, and local governments.

Phone: 202-842-0441

Website: esgisearch.com

Higher Talent, Inc.

Higher Talent, Inc. offers their recruiting expertise in a variety of fields, especially within the non-profit sector. They are local to the Washington, D.C. area.

Phone: 301-320-9007

Website: highertalentinc.com

JDG Associates

JDG Associates is an executive search firm local to the D.C. area that serves employers in associations, the government and the private sector. Their top staff is committed to helping organizations fill executive positions with the best employees.

Phone: 301-340-2210

Website: jdgsearch.com


Do you have a recommendation of an executive search firm in Washington, D.C. who should be included on this list? Please, tell us! Contact Y Scouts for possible inclusion on this list.

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Client Testimonial:

“Y Scouts partnered with Year Up to understand our organization and our goals for new leadership. The Y Scouts approach was exceptionally effective, delivering a slate of candidates who embodied the essential values and experience we wanted. Our outcome was a dynamic and experienced leader who truly embodies our mission. As we continue to expand across the country, we consider Y Scouts a go-to partner in future searches.”



Candidate Testimonial:

“The entire process – starting at first contact – was personal, comfortable and engaging. Y Scouts never made me feel like I was part of a transaction; I felt like I was working with a friend and an ally throughout the entire process, who kept my best interests in mind at all times. I felt like my recruiter truly took the time to get to know me, my motivations and what type of opportunity would help me grow and succeed. Y Scouts helped me move into an incredible new role, and I am thankful everyday that Y Scouts helped connect me to an organization and position that align perfectly with my skills and personal passions. I would absolutely recommend working with Y Scouts to any organization with a true commitment to finding the right leaders.”



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