Sharon Tanabe


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Sharon Tanabe has over 30 years of search experience. At Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, she specializes in finding senior leaders for state university systems and private institutions in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. Most recently, she has successfully completed a range of searches for the California State University system (including CSU Chancellor), Oregon State University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Before joining Storbeck/Pimentel in 2007, Ms. Tanabe spent over 15 years at Korn/Ferry International, where in her last few years she led the higher education practice of the Los Angeles office. Over the course of her search career, she has conducted nearly 400 searches. Since joining Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, she has managed search assignments in all academic and administrative areas including president/chancellor/CEO, provost, vice president and dean for a variety of private and public universities and colleges, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and foundations.

Ms. Tanabe’s search experience began with the recruitment of engineers for the military aerospace sector. Later, she moved into the healthcare world recruiting physicians and executives for community and children’s hospitals and for medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, Inc.
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA  90601
Phone: (562) 360-1615


B.A. California State University, Fullerton (Music Education)
California State University, Sacramento (California Single-Subject Teaching Credential)