DRG Executive Search Consultants


With over 28 years of experience, DRG has established a national reputation as a firm that specializes in recruiting for the nonprofit sector. We have worked throughout the United States conducting searches with nonprofit organizations from a wide variety of fields.

We are a firm committed to recruiting executives who possess the experience and leadership qualities necessary to help nonprofit organizations manage change and achieve their goals. We believe that with creative professional leadership, organizations will succeed in building the resources and services that can have a positive impact in communities around the world.

We selected our niche in the nonprofit sector because we believe that without excellence in professional leadership, nonprofit organizations could not succeed in delivering important services. We want to make a difference in this area by striving to be leaders who are knowledgeable about nonprofit leadership. We want to help clients develop new ways of thinking about each hiring challenge and guide them through informative successful recruitment efforts.


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Westside Campaign Against Hunger
Executive Director
(New York, NY).  Known nationwide for innovation and advocacy, West Side Campaign Against Hunger’s (WSCAH) mission is to alleviate hunger and create a culture that promotes self-reliance. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, WSCAH provides 1,690,595 pounds of food per year to 112,796 hungry New Yorkers from all over the City and changes perceptions of hungry people by working in partnership with them, providing food with dignity, and empowering customers to find solutions. WSCAH is seeking an Executive Director to serve as the chief visionary, advocate, leader, and fundraiser for the organization. WSCAH operates with a paid staff of 21 and hundreds of customer-volunteers. The organization has an annual budget of $3.5 million.

JCC Association
(New York, NY).  The JCC Association  (JCCA) is the principal umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which includes JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and campsites in the U.S. and Canada, along with their associated global programs. This network, reaching millions of participants through a tapestry of programs designed for all age groups, encourages its constituents to model a world where personal aspirations are emboldened, Jewish heritage is valued, and diversity is respected. The CEO is expected to innovate, invigorate, manage and lead one of the largest and most significant Jewish organizations in North America. JCCA presently has a budget of $13.5M and a staff of 55.

Citizen Advocates
(Malone, NY).  For over 35 years, Citizen Advocates and the North Star Family of Services have provided caring, professional, and certified care to thousands of individuals who have developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and substance use issues. Citizen Advocates partners with numerous state funding and oversight sources including the office of persons with developmental disabilities (OPWDD), the office of mental health (OMH), and the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services (OASAS). The organization is seeking a CEO to establish and maintain Citizen Advocates as a premier provider of behavioral health, disability and vocational program. Citizen Advocates has an operating budget of $35M Citizen Advocates operates extensively throughout Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton and St. Lawrence Counties in northern New York State.

Birthright Israel Foundation
(New York, NY).  The Birthright Israel Foundation, now in its 16th year, is experiencing a critical moment of transition and seeks a President to create a fundraising strategy and operation that will provide increasing annual revenue and a depth of support throughout the country to ensure that its successful programs will be supported and sustained for future generations. Birthright Israel was founded in 1999 by a core group of dedicated Jewish Philanthropists intending to address the growing divide between young Jewish adults in the Diaspora and the State of Israel. The program offers a free, life-changing, 10-day trip to Israel to young Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 26. The Foundation has a current annual operating budget of $14M and 45 staff members.

Stevens Institute of Technology
Major Gift Officers
(Hoboken, NJ).  Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is a private co-educational institution of higher learning with a mission to inspire, nurture and educate leaders in tomorrow’s technology-centric environment. Located on a 55-acre campus in Hoboken, New Jersey, it is a short distance from New York City, making it well positioned to partner with a variety of resources. Stevens consists of five schools: the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, the Charles V. Shaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Sciences, the School of Systems and Enterprises, School of Business, and the College of Arts and Letters. With the recent announcement of the Power of Stevens $150 million capital campaign, Stevens is seeking Major Gift Officers to join an exciting fundraising effort that has grown 508% since 2011.



Every month, DRG reviews best thinking and practices in professional staff recruitment and development in the nonprofit sector.

This month's article is The Nonprofit CFO as an Internal Spokesperson. Funders are concerned about how nonprofits look at risk, cash flow and debt ratios. The stronger your partnership and communication are with the head of finance, the more honest you can be with the funder about your organization's needs, which will help you gain foundation support. 

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DRG is pleased to officially announce the launch of our new blog, DRG Perspectives, an invaluable resource for senior leaders, boards and other nonprofit professionals. DRG Perspectives features informative articles from DRG’s experienced and knowledgeable consultants about best practices related to nonprofit executive search, succession planning, job hunting, leadership, change management and much more. To access the blog visit www.DRGPerspectives.com


DRG recruits Petra Tuomi as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC). Before joining UCP of NYC, she served as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the New York City Charter School Center, where she garnered hundreds of media placements, and developed highly successful advertising campaigns reaching students in low-income neighborhoods on major radio and TV networks. This search was conducted by DRG Senior Consultant Carmel Napolitano and DRG Associate Margaret Kurtz.

Our placement Paul Bernstein is the founding CEO of “NewOrg" -- a new Jewish day school organization that includes the founding organizations PARDES, PEJE, RAVSAK, The Schechter Network and Yeshiva University School Partnership. In his new role, he will help the organization achieve its mission of unifying and strengthening the Jewish day school field. Bernstein has a wealth of experience in both philanthropy and the commercial sector. Previously, he served as the CEO of The Pershing Square Foundation and as Global Managing Director of Absolute Return for Kids. This search was conducted by DRG Vice President Dara Z. Klarfeld and DRG Associate Leora Y. Cohen. Read Press Release

DRG congratulates our placement Karen Leies on being named the new Vice President of Development at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ). She comes to CFBNJ from the New York City Ballet, where she served as the Senior Director of Development and Special Events since 2011. Prior to joining NYCB, she was the Vice President of Development at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center as the Director of Development. This search was conducted by Senior Vice President Mary Wheeler and DRG Senior Recruitment Associate Kelsey Blagdon. Read Press Release

Branwen Cale is the new North American Director of our client Abraham Fund Initiatives , an organization that is a pioneer in supporting coexistence and shared living for Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens. In her new role, she leads the organization’s fundraising and constituency-building activities in the U.S. Prior to joining the Abraham Fund, she served as the National Executive Director of Friends of the Arava Institute. This search was conducted by DRG Senior Consultant Carmel Napolitano and DRG Associate Sarah Waldbott.

DRG recruits Vincent Santilli to be the new Chief Executive Officer of ABRI/Homes for the Brave. He brings to Homes for the Brave an extensive mix of nonprofit and private sector experience. He recently served as the Director of the U.S. Office for Hands Together, a nonprofit that serves the poorest of the poor in Haiti. Previously, he held multiple leadership roles in his 30 years at People’s United Bank, including First Vice President of the Retail and Business Banking division and Executive Director of the $51 million People’s United Community Foundation. This search was conducted by DRG Managing Partner David Hinsley Cheng and DRG Associate Margaret Kurtz. Read Press Release

Eric M. Robbins has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of our client the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA). He served as Chief Executive Officer of Camp Twin Lakes for more than 10 years before joining JFGA. At Camp Twin Lakes, he led two successful Capital Campaigns totaling over 10 million, forged strategic partnerships, grew Camp Twin Lakes from one site to a network of camps and hospital-based programs, and established an innovative year-round group home for adults with developmental disabilities. This search was conducted by DRG President David Edell, DRG Vice President Dara Z. Klarfeld and DRG Associate Marlene Mlawski.



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As part of DRG's 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2012, we created this video as a humorous perspective on our work.