J.J. Cutler is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and managing partner of the Social Impact Practice. He is also a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences and the Marketing, Sales & Strategy Officers practices. He specializes in CEO, C-suite, and board searches for operating nonprofits, foundations, philanthropies, and institutions of higher education across a range of policy and program areas including health and human services, education, environment, economic development, and poverty reduction. He has extensive experience working with boards and search committees looking for diverse, creative, and multi-sector candidates.


Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, J.J. was a national sector leader with an executive search firm focused on senior-level and executive searches for nonprofit, social service, and education-related organizations, including institutions of higher education.

Before becoming an executive search professional, J.J. gained extensive experience in both for-profits and nonprofits in the healthcare and higher education sectors. He was an executive vice president with ARAMARK where he led sales, retention, and marketing for the $1.5-billion healthcare services division. He also served as deputy vice dean, MBA Career Management, Admissions, and Financial Aid, at The Wharton School where he achieved significant improvements in diversity, student satisfaction, and career placement rates.

J.J. started his career at Johnson & Johnson where he held senior marketing and strategy roles in leading consumer brands, wellness carve-outs, JVs, and biotech across multiple therapeutic areas.


The Wharton School, MBA

University of Pennsylvania, BA

Philanthropy and Service

J.J. is the strategic planning committee chairman of the Philadelphia Independence Visitors Center Corporation Board and chairs the marketing committee of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He also serves on the Selection Advisory Council of GreenLight Fund, Philadelphia.