Congrats to Sarah Garrison – New PNDC CEO/President

Acumen Executive SearchUncategorizedCongrats to Sarah Garrison – New PNDC CEO/President

Acumen Executive & Talent Search is proud to announce the successful placement of Sarah Garrison as Chief Executive Officer/President for Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC).

The PNDC search committee invested much time and effort in a complex search process when on a quest for their new CEO/President. The committee then determined that an objective third party search firm was key to finding the right person for this critical role, they reached out to PNDC member Acumen Executive & Talent Search (Acumen) for their deep search expertise to help them identify a pool of high caliber candidates.  Acumen quickly implemented their unique, customized 9 step search methodology and within three weeks, had developed a list of 5 highly qualified candidates. Said Board Chair Judy Johnson “We saw a comprehensive approach provided by ACUMEN that included a thorough gathering process of Board input through our Executive and Search Committees as well as comprehensive individual staff interviews to really understand what the needs were. They presented fully vetted candidates covering a wide dynamic range giving the Search Committee members ample contrast and choice.”

Ultimately, PNDC opted to hire Sarah Garrison, who not only had the skillset to do the job, but was the right cultural fit for PNDC. “Our choice was Ms. Sarah Garrison who brings our organization new energy, expertise and experience that will carry PNDC to the next level. Her humble work ethic and clarity of focus on the needs of our members are exactly what we needed and I fully expect all existing and future members of PNDC to be completely delighted”, said Ms. Johnson.

About Sarah Garrison:  Sarah Garrison will be reporting to the Board of Directors of PNDC and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for PNDC’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.  She will work collaboratively with PNDC’s board, members, staff, and strategic partners and will ensure successful planning, budgeting, and management of staff.   Ms. Garrison has a proactive approach in addressing and solving planning and operational issues, and can use this approach to influence, plan, and implement change in PNDC.  “I am humbled, thrilled, and excited to lead PNDC into their next chapter and look forward to listening and engaging with the members and stakeholders, to guide and serve together, taking this great organization to new heights”.

About PNDC: The Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition is an association of over 275 Northwest defense and security industry businesses. PNDC strengthens our members’ business growth, our region’s economy, and our nation’s security through training, direct counseling, business-to-business networking, and federal governmental advocacy. More information about PNDC can be found on their website at

About Acumen:  Since 2007, Acumen has been the premiere boutique, woman-owned Executive Search firm in Oregon with global clientele. Acumen works holistically and strategically with their clients to deeply comprehend their business and culture, to facilitate critical hires who can help solve meaningful problems. Visit

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