Lois Mufuka Martin
Vice President, Search & Consulting Services

Focus Areas

• Head-of-School, Administrator & Teacher Searches
• Inclusive & Equitable Hiring Strategy
• Coaching Through Transition


Board Member, Education Matters Africa supporting the USAP Community School in Zimbabwe Founding

• Trustee & Scholarship Coordinator, The Jean & Douglas Mufuka Foundation

Lois Mufuka Martin
Vice President, Search & Consulting Services

Lois joined CalWest in 2017 to work with recruiting schools while also leading a team of recruiting advisors and consultants. Lois earned a B.A. in History from Lander University, an M.Ed. in Counseling from Clemson University, and a Certificate in Leading Innovation from The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Lois started her career as a social worker and college transfer counselor at a community college in South Carolina. Before CalWest, Lois served as Chief Volunteer Engagement Officer at United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, as C.E.O. of Bethlehem Haven, a shelter and service organization for homeless women in Pittsburgh, PA and as The Community Fund Director at The United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County.
With over 15 years in executive leadership roles at non-profits, Lois has led hiring, staff development, and program development, always with a keen eye and intentional eye on creating equitable and inclusive communities. Lois was a critical member of The Human Resource Collaborative (H.R.C.), a human resources partnership with a single H.R. Director, between three women-serving organizations. In 2009, Lois presented The H.R.C. model to the University of San Diego, at their School of Leadership and Education Sciences, conference, “Looking for the Upside in the Downturn: Time Tested Models of Innovation.”
Lois currently serves on the board of directors for Education Matters Africa, a supporting organization for the United States Student Program (USAP) Community School in Zimbabwe. Lois and her husband, Derek, have a daughter who graduated from The Ellis School for Girls and a son who attended St. Edmund’s Academy and graduated from Trinity-Pawling School for Boys. Lois attended boarding school in Zimbabwe as a high school student. As an immigrant American, she continues to believe that education is transformational and can change lives.