Cindy Joyce, MA

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Pillar Search and Human Resources Consulting
Cindy Joyce is the founder of Pillar Search & HR Consulting, a boutique firm that specializes in retained executive search for exceptional nonprofits, foundations, associations, and socially responsible for-profit organizations, and human resources consulting for all types of organizations with an emphasis on improving employee productivity and promoting a strong organizational culture. Based in Boston, Pillar was founded in 2015 and works on the local and national level. Recent clients have included Junior League of Boston, New England ACH Association, Raising A Reader, Reading Partners, Southern Vermont Arts Center, the FAB Foundation, Uncommon Cacao, Year Up, and Yestermorrow Design/Build School. Before founding Pillar Search & HR Consulting, Joyce was an executive search director with Lois L. Lindauer Search, one of the top search firms in the country focused on advancement and development professionals. There, Joyce was responsible for searches with marquee clients including Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Nantucket Athenaeum, Santa Barbara Film Festival, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior to this, she was an executive search consultant with City Year and assistant director of recruitment for Harvard Law School. Her career before entering the nonprofit arena was in the investment management space, including director of human resources with FundQuest, a division of BNP Paribas Bank, and senior human resources generalist with State Street Research and Management. Her volunteer roles have included multiple leadership roles with the Junior League of Boston, board member of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, chair of the Financial Services Human Resources affinity group, a volunteer training role with Dress for Success, and an advisory board member to the New England Human Resources Association. Joyce holds an MA in organizational development from Lesley University and a BA in psychology from Regis College.


  • MA Lesley University