Trusted Advisors to the Investment Industry


Kathy Freeman Godfrey
Founder & President

Kathy Freeman Godfrey has more than 30 years of experience attracting, assessing, and recruiting top financial services talent nationally. Since founding her firm in 1992, she has executed hundreds of assignments for C-Suite executives, executive leadership, and high-impact individual contributors. Kathy is recognized for her thought leadership across the industry and serves as a frequent conference speaker and panelist. She has also contributed to numerous industry publications. Kathy graduated from California State University, Chico. She lives on California's Central Coast with her husband and has two children. She is also on the Board of The Barnabas Group Central Coast.

Chelsea O'Hara
Vice President

Chelsea O'Hara joined Kathy Freeman Company as an Associate in 2013. She partners with Kathy on every search assignment and recruits for key individual contributor searches. In her multi-faceted role, she also leads talent sourcing, marketing, special projects, vendor management, and client experience. Additionally, she oversees the firm's research interns. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, SLO with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a concentration in Marketing. Outside of the office, you can find her at spin or Pilates, going to concerts, and spending time with her Cane Corso, Ella.



  • The people you hire make the difference in becoming a 'Great World-Class Company' vs. a 'Good Company.' Kathy Freeman Company always exceeded my expectations in helping my firm become that 'World-Class Company.' Their high integrity, incredible professional business manner, great energy and choice in talent presented is incomparable.
    National Financial Services, A Fidelity Investments Company
  • Partnership is an often overused term, but in this instance it is truly appropriate. Kathy Freeman Company understands both our business and industry deeply. They combined a repeatable assessment process with broad, high level contacts to present a concentrated slate of exceptionally qualified candidates. Ultimately, with equal concentration on both skillset and culture, their passion for finding the right person shows through.
    Congress Asset Management


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We tap into our national network of 20,000+ industry contacts.


1+ candidates are hired from our initial slate 99% of the time.


It takes +/-31 business days to present our first slate of candidates.


<1% of searches have resulted in a replacement search.


In the past 24 months, 38% of our hires were diverse executives.


We conduct 5-10 hours of rigorous assessment with every candidate.