One of the most overlooked elements of economic development is the need for the best and brightest executives in key positions. That talent in the right place will guarantee continued growth and independence for tribes, as well as create and ensure opportunities for tribal members to move into new and key roles.
We offer full service executive search as well as al la carte assistance including:
- Determination of position requirements
- Organizational assessment
- Drafting of a job announcement
- Creation of client communication and advertising strategies
- Candidate and process management
- Candidate assessment/recommendation
- Set up and facilitation of candidate interviews
- Comprehensive reference and background checks on finalists
Judith Brighton; Executive Recuiter
An Evergreen graduate, Judith Brighton has over 25 years of experience in the government, tribal and private non-profit sectors. For the last 20 years, she has focused on executive recruitment in both in Indian Country and Washington State government. She has facilitated searches in areas that include gaming, finance, enterprise, administration and management.
What do people say about Judith:
"We have so much going on, so many balls in the air, that we just don’t have time to focus on one, single project – even when it’s as critical as hiring a new executive director. So having someone to spearhead that project gave us a sense that something is actually getting done even though we were all pulled in multiple directions – as usual! Judith’s expertise, and the expertise of The Whitener Group was really valuable because no one here had ever done an executive search before. So having access to the tools for searching for candidates, the interview tools, having someone to help us ensure that we were asking good thoughtful questions was great. Questions about specific skills, about fit, and what a candidate would bring to the Nation are just a few of the benefits of a formal process. I also think just the exposure provided by a professional search was important. We have a difficult time finding people to fill positions here because we are so rural, and the skillsets we need don’t necessarily exist locally. So it really increased our exposure, and gave us a great opportunity to tell the tribe’s story along the way."
Scott Sullivan, Chair, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
"We had never done a formal search process before that first GM recruitment that she helped us with. Judith immersed herself in the project and gave it the time and attention it deserved. She demonstrated her ability to understand our culture and needs and quickly presented us with an excellent group of highly qualified candidates.”
David Lopeman, Tribal Chair, Squaxin Island Tribe
“ ‘Above and beyond’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think of Judith Brighton. She has been a trusted friend and colleague since she recruited me in 2003 to assist the Washington State Actuary with legislative drafting, policy research and analysis, consulting, strategic planning, project management and educational initiatives. Judith is ethical, insightful, compassionate, thorough, sensitive, on-time and a great communicator. She was a major factor in my decision to work in Washington State for almost eight years prior to my retirement from a thirty-year career as legal professional."
Laura Harper, Esq., former Policy and Research Manager, Office of the Washington State Actuary
“Judith understands the nuances of Tribal politics and is very cognizant of the hiring preferences of the Tribe. She offers insight and support through this process. She exhibited a very passionate approach to her support for Tribal Casinos and working with Tribal selection committees. She approaches her obligation as an opportunity to introduce the best and most dynamic applicants to the Tribe.”
Randy Williams, Consultant, former Director of Corporate Gaming, Colville Enterprises, Omak, WA
“I have known Judith for over 20 years, and worked with her on several state government searches as well as various projects for the Tribe. She listens well, communicates clearly, has a collaborative work style, and genuinely cares about tribes. She works toward consensus, and supports processes and decisions that will have a positive impact on the future of the tribe.”
Bob Whitener, TWG, former CEO, IEInc
“Judith never disappointed! Her active engagement with me and the Tribal Council to clearly understand the knowledge, skills and abilities that would make the ideal candidate for each of the positions she worked to recruit was outstanding. Her honest and intellectual insight into what was needed for the position allowed us to find excellent candidates to meet the needs of the tribe. Her capacity to inform, educate and bring to light potential areas of risk also allowed for us to find what was needed to do the work of each of the positions. Judith was always on point! Her leadership and insight was brilliant!
Sonya M. Tetnowski, Former CEO of Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Current CEO of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley