Managing Director


Nalini Vasagam Perkins brings more than 20 years of experience in the recruitment of senior executives for organizations across the nonprofit, healthcare and public sectors, both domestic and international. She brings a particular focus with nonprofit organizations and working closely with Search Committees and Boards. Clients include global development organizations, relief agencies, foundations, social services and faith-based organizations. She recruits senior-level executives for national and international health and welfare organizations, cultural institutions, religious organizations, social service and professional associations, as well as hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers.

Nalini conducts searches at the CEO, COO, CFO, and Vice President level, as well as direct reports to these positions. She has led numerous searches in the areas of Development/Fundraising, Marketing & Communications, Programs and Business Development, Finance and Human Resources. Nalini partners with her clients in creating new leadership roles as well as working with Boards as they go through CEO transitions.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Nalini was a Managing Partner with Lochlin Partners and had previously spent more than a decade working as an Executive Director of the Nonprofit Sector at Russell Reynolds Associates. In both firms, she significantly grew the nonprofit practice with a focus on excellent client work and an ability to quickly grasp client needs and cultural fit.  Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Nalini worked as an Associate at Heidrick & Struggles.

Before beginning her career in executive search, Nalini spent several years with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in both Research and Clinical roles. She is published in the fields of eating disorders and long-term recovery, and the existence of genetic markers for schizophrenia.


BA, Psychology, The Catholic University of America