Meet Our Team of Experienced Executive Search Experts

The Knowledge Leaders team is composed of executive search experts with a passion for cross-pollinating talent across various industries. With this approach, we have successfully recruited the top minds to fill leadership roles in private equity, technology and education.  Learn more about our team below.

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Todd Hand
Founder & Managing Partner

Todd Hand is an executive search veteran of 25+ years, and his mission to modernize executive search led to the founding of Knowledge Leaders. He has successfully selected and placed executives within the education, technology and private equity arenas since 1994. He is also an avid gardener, fledgling guitar player and a two-time Ironman finisher residing in Arizona.

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Alison Thompson
Senior Recruiter

Alison Thompson leads searches at the board and C-level across all sectors of for-profit education. Alison’s ability to understand business issues, and company culture, coupled with her track record of finding exceptional talent, has earned her a reputation as a trusted advisor to clients and candidates. Alison lives in San Francisco and likes to cook and hike in her spare time.

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Peggy Williams
Senior Recruiter/Senior Researcher/Marketing Manager

Peggy Williams brings 30 years’ expertise as an accomplished EdTech and talent acquisitions leader to her relationship with clients seeking experienced and innovative C-Suite leadership.

Her experience in both large corporations and small start-ups gives her a unique lens into a variety of workplace environments and how each potential candidate can add value to a company’s culture with their unique skills and life experience.

She is a certified DEI recruiter and is consistently building the relationships necessary to discover talented people ready for their next opportunity.

Peggy lives in Bristol, England and she uses her spare time practicing her Mai Tai making skills and watching Columbo reruns.

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Tasha White
Senior Recruiter

Tasha White has the heart to serve and to be a voice to the voiceless.  She is a product of both private and public education and believes, unequivocally, in the value of education.

Tasha graduated from Tuskegee University with a social work degree. One of the many strengths she learned and perfected in school is the ability to truly listen. She has used these strengths throughout her career in the real estate industry and as she navigates her role as an elected school board member, small business owner and now recruiter with Knowledge Leaders.

She is a resident of Decatur, Georgia and is the mother to three fabulous human beings. She enjoys spending time with friends, gardening and singing.

Heather Phillips

Heather Phillips brings a wealth of experience from the field of public education to her role as a recruiter at Knowledge Leaders Group. Her career journey began as a teacher, and she later advanced to a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), where she developed strong analytical skills and a deep appreciation for building meaningful relationships.

She leverages her experience in education to identify and connect top talent with opportunities that align with their strengths and aspirations. Her approach is both data-driven and people-focused, ensuring that each placement is a perfect fit for both the candidate and the company.

Outside of work, Heather enjoys cooking, traveling, and gardening.

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Marian Hand
Chief Financial Officer

Marian Hand is an attorney licensed in MA, NH and NM who practiced commercial litigation in complex insurance and financial and banking cases.  Her outside interests include cooking, travel and yoga.

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