Linda Ferm CAE, CAE

Ferm Strategies
Silver MVM

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Ferm Strategies
New York, NY


Linda Ferm, CAE, is President of Ferm Board Strategies, a consulting practice specializing in strengthening nonprofit and association boards and staffs. Services include strategic/business planning, governance, meeting facilitation, organizational assessments, board development and training, staff training, succession planning, and interim management. Linda is also a trusted advisor to nonprofit CEOs and executive directors. 

Linda founded Ferm Strategies in 1995 and since that time has worked with 75 organizations and more than 35 boards—including trade associations, philanthropic organizations, professional societies, private foundations and NGOs. She is the former executive director of two nonprofits, one NYC charity and one international professional society, and a three-time interim executive. In addition to Ferm Board Strategies, she was a Board and Governance Consultant with the NonProfit HelpDesk—providing capacity-building services and education assistance to strengthen non-profit organizations—and has served on many boards of directors, including NYSAE. She is an unaffiliated consultant with The Support Center/Partners in Philanthropy. She is also Chairperson of NYSAE's Executive WomenIn Nonprofit SIG.

Ferm initially began her business as a writer, content provider of management and educational materials, as well as a project management expert. Prior to Ferm Board Strategies, she was Senior Director/Nonprofit Client Development at the marketing firm NV Communications, where she brought in and managed nonprofit accounts. She began her career in nonprofit publishing and worked for 12 years as a Managing Editor with three publishing houses aligned with nonprofit organizations.

Linda also produces Off Off Broadway Equity Showcase plays with FAPC Theatre Fellowship Productions, most recently Alan Ayckbourn's 'Bedroom Farce' and Neil Simon's 'Broadway Bound'.


Houghton College
New York, United States
BA, 1971
English, Education, Music

New York University
New York, United States
Marketing, Publishing
1975 To 1976

American Society of Association Executives
Washington, District Of Columbia, United States
Certified Association Executive credential, 1996
Association/Nonprofit Management

Job History

Ferm Board Strategies
New York City
February 1995 - present

NonProfit HelpDesk
Senior Consultant
New Yorrk
January 2012 - June 2014

NV Communications
Senior Director/Non profit new business/Management
New York City
August 1989 - January 1995