David has dedicated his career to making a difference in the non-profit
sector. Following more than a decade in several senior executive positions
at UJA-Federation of New York, he co-founded the Development Resource
Group (DRG) in 1987. From the start, his work with DRG has centered on
high-level executive searches for leaders of mission-based organizations
who affect positive change in the world.
David is known as a
national leader in conducting executive searches for professionals
throughout the Jewish community. He has led searches for senior executives
at most of the major national organizations, including JDC, JCPA, Hillel
International, Birthright Israel, NEXT and the Jewish Funders Network. He
has also worked with the boards of Jewish Federations, Community Centers
and Jewish Family Service agencies in communities across the country, as
well as with many influential Jewish philanthropic foundations and their
As with DRG’s annual
client roster, more than half of David’s searches are with non-sectarian
nonprofit organizations in the fields of human services, mental health,
healthcare and education. Among other partnerships over the course of his
career, David created a unique relationship with a national child welfare
organization and with them conducted over 100 searches for the executives
of their member children and family agencies.
In his role as
President, David assists all of DRG’s consultants with developing
innovative recruitment strategies and is always pushing his team to think
differently and creatively, while sharing his strong networks and trusted
expertise across the firm. David excels at guiding client conversations
from the early stages – helping both volunteer leaders and professionals
clearly articulate their vision about what “taking the organization to the
next level” really looks like.
A graduate of Boston
University, David received his M.S.W. from the University of Maryland’s
School of Social Work and Community Planning. He also studied at the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written and lectured extensively on
non-profit leadership, hiring trends, professional development, and change
When he’s not working,
David spends his time hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing and skiing in
Vermont and the Berkshires. He is also an avid tennis player and spends as
much time as possible in his new role as a grandfather.
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David brings a wealth of high-level executive search experience to his
role at DRG and is a trusted resource amongst the firm’s notable client
managing partner, David is a central player in realizing the firm’s
vision: to provide expert and ongoing counsel to organizations navigating
a C-suite transition. Since joining DRG in 1995, David has worked closely
with over 100 boards, professionals, search committees and human resource
managers to help them smoothly navigate the search process. David’s belief
is that an effective search consultant will serve an organization best by
not just developing the best possible candidate pools but also by building
consensus and clarity with the board about the competencies necessary for
an executive to guide an organization towards its mission.
While he has diverse experience across all areas of the nonprofit sector,
including human services, associations, and advocacy organizations,
David’s practice has centered on working with the boards of high-profile
voluntary health organizations and hospital foundations. Among the recent
successful searches David has led are chief positions at Autism Speaks,
American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,
Michael Reese Health Trust, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Hebrew
SeniorLife, Legal Services-NYC, American Institute for Economic Research,
and American Youth Soccer Organization.
Prior to joining DRG, David served as a nonprofit executive and board
member to arts organizations such as Artists Space, H.T. Dance Company,
and The Center for Modern Dance Education. David is a TAAC Fellowship
recipient for Talented Arts Managers and served as a panelist for the New
York State Council for the Arts Dance Partnership Program. He has also
been an invited speaker at conferences for the Association for Fundraising
Professionals, the New York University School of Continuing and
Professional Studies, the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising,
and the Center for Nonprofit Management at Baruch College.
David holds academic degrees in both economics and political science from
New York University.
David lives in Connecticut with his wife, a veterinarian, two children,
and a menagerie of dogs (4), cats (2), and rabbits (2). A competitive
year-round kayaker who lives for the water, David paddles surfski and ICF
K1 sprint kayaks.