Charles Meng
Founder & Managing Partner

Charles Meng co-founded MFP in 1970, and has successfully provided retained executive search services to private, nonprofit and public sector clients. The author John Lucht in his best selling book, “Rights of Passage at $100,000+”, named MFP as one of the country's outstanding executive search firms. Also, John Sibbald in his book, “The Career Makers” published by Harper Business, ranked him among the top 20 recruiters in the nation in the category, Universities, Colleges and Schools. Mr. Meng began his career at KPMG, Peat Marwick, and has over 30 years of experience in the executive search profession.

He has led client engagements in both the nonprofit/public sector and corporate sectors. In for-profit engagements, he has successfully developed and recruited senior management executives for client organizations including: Boeing, California Pacific Medical Center, General Motors, Raytheon, the Irvine Company, Mitchell Energy, Watt Industries, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Mr. Meng has also provided search services to public sector clients for senior public administration executives. In addition, his work has included key recruitments for foundations, nonprofit institutions and major universities such as: The Tiger Woods Foundation, City of Philadelphia, County of Los Angeles, City of Nashville and County of Davidson, California State University, Office of the Chancellor, San Jose State University, California State University, Long Beach, and UCLA.

In addition, he is a founding member of the California State University, Long Beach Board of Governors. He has served as a Trustee for the Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council and as a Board Member of numerous corporations, associations and foundations. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach.


Stephen Peeps

Before joining Meng, Finseth, Peeps & Associates, Stephen began his executive search career as a Partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Education and Nonprofit Practice.

This followed a decade's service as founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, a multi-faceted public charity located in Palo Alto, California. Under his leadership, the new Foundation generated nearly $400 million in gifts and grants. He also served for two years as Chairman of its Board of Directors.

During his tenure with the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Stephen served also as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Woodmark Group, a consortium of Chief Development Officers at North America's twenty two premier children's hospitals.

Earlier in his career, Stephen spent over twenty years in higher education, assuming increasingly senior executive roles at Stanford University, including Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Associate Vice President of Development. He also led Stanford's Centennial Celebration which ran concurrently with the University's $1 billion Centennial Campaign. For his collective service on the University's behalf he was honored with the Kenneth B. Cuthbertson Award for exceptional service, Stanford's highest distinction for non-faculty members. He was also appointed a University Fellow.

Stephen earned his bachelor's degree in English Literature "With Distinction" from Stanford, and his Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard.


Cameron Wisowaty

Cami has been with the firm for seven years, and has over thirteen years of senior experience in the education, health, and development professions. She began her career with California State University Long Beach (CSULB) where she held development positions in the College of Business and Central Advancement.

She then joined the University of California, Irvine as Director of Development for the College of Medicine where she had responsibility for managing all aspects of medical development and alumni relations.

Prior to joining Meng, Finseth, Peeps & Associates, Cami was a at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health at Stanford University, which managed all fundraising for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the pediatric programs of the Stanford School of Medicine. She then entered the independent school sector as Director of Development at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto.

With her first-hand knowledge of both higher and secondary education, as well as health and hospital systems, Cami is able to quickly identify talented development and advancement leaders and build viable candidate databases that lead to exceptional placements.

Cami received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Marlene Rafferty
Senior Associate

In her fifteen-year tenure with the firm, Marlene has worked on senior public and private higher education, nonprofit, and state and county government engagements.

Marlene manages search administration, due-diligence referencing, coordination of detailed background investigation and publication matters. She is responsible for arranging candidate travel and scheduling. Ms. Rafferty received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.


Marilyn Felix
Senior Associate

Marilyn began her executive search career in New York City with Ward Howell International in 1983. Two years later, she was recruited to Heidrick & Struggles as an Associate where she spent the next 23 years. In 1995, she was promoted to Senior Associate.

Initially, Marilyn worked in a variety of industries and functions but focused on Fortune 100 companies. From 1987 to 1990, she served as Associate-to-the-Chairman, Gerry Roche, working on numerous high profile general management assignments. In 1990, Marilyn moved to California and the Menlo Park office of Heidrick & Struggles supporting general management engagements in the technology sector serving as Associate-to-the-Vice Chairman, John Thompson. She spent over 10 years as an active member of the Information Technology Practice and led the practice as Associate Director. She was elected to the Associate Advisory Council charged with supporting and improving the quality of the Associate role within the firm. In 2000, Marilyn was selected to assist in the launch of the firm's Interim Practice.

Most recently, Marilyn has provided search services to clients in the higher education, hospitals and health services, and nonprofit sectors. She has worked with Meng Finseth Peeps and Associates providing search support since 2010. Her core accountabilities include search strategy and research, candidate development, assessment and management, client management, and business development

She received her BS and MS degrees from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.