Skip Kotkins Senior Consultant

Skip is a Seattle native, a graduate of Lakeside School, Williams College, and Harvard Business School. His business career included years as CEO of Skyway Luggage Company, terms on boards of directors of both NASDAQ and NYSE-listed public companies, and service as an economic advisor and branch bank director in the Federal Reserve system. He was an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce on international trade policy.

Skip has chaired eight different non-profit organizations including the world’s largest Rotary Club, the Tony-Award-winning Seattle Repertory Theater, and Lakeside School in Seattle. He has been a board member of education, religious, health care, arts, civic, and human services organizations. He has been an officer and board member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and served a rare extended term on the board of the National Association of Independent schools (NAIS). At NAIS, he chaired the Strategy and Design task force, helped write the Principles of Good Practice, and was a contributor to the Trustee Handbook. He is a frequent presenter at independent school conferences and has written articles for Independent School magazine. He was chair of the 105-member board of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce when the NAIS Annual Conference was there in 2012. In his Carney Sandoe work, he conducts leadership searches, leads strategic planning projects, and has worked on board governance with schools in dozens of states and abroad. He likes to say that he operates “at the intersection of leadership and strategy” because great organizations need excellence and coordination in both in order to thrive.

Skip and his wife Jackie live in Seattle. Their daughter Katie lives in New York and raises millions of dollars for rare cancer research, and their son Joey is a social media entrepreneur based in London, England. They have two grandchildren.