DRG Executive Search Consultants


With over 27 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.


We are pleased to announce that Dara Klarfeld has been promoted to Vice President at DRG Executive Search.  In just three years, Dara has developed a practice in the areas of formal and informal Jewish education that places her and DRG at the center of discussions about professional transitions in those fields.  In addition, she has made important contributions to the firm’s planning and has been a support to her colleagues. In her new role Dara will continue to build her practice while working more closely with David Edell and David Hinsley Cheng on the firm’s strategic discussion.  Everyone at DRG congratulates Dara for her effective work with her clients and this well-deserved recognition. 

DRG once again makes it to Crain's NY Business list of Top 25 Executive Recruitment Firms.  Of the Crain's list, DRG is the only firm working exclusively wtihin the nonprofit arena. See List.



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Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco
Chief Executive Officer
(San Francisco, CA). With an annual campaign of $20 million and endowment of $1.7 billion, the Federation oversees nearly $200 million in charitable giving and grants each year. It has a talented staff of 100 employees with an operating budget of approximately $40 million.

Connecticut Food Bank
Chief Executive Officer
(East Haven, CT). The Connecticut Food Bank distributes more than 40 tons of food every business day and has built a network of nearly 700 food-based assistance programs that includes soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and programs that delivers more than 20 million pounds of food a year to communities in six of the state's eight counties.  With the Food Bank recently having broken ground in constructing a new 82,000 square foot home, the CEO position represents a unique opportunity for a skilled nonprofit executive to lead a statewide agency into its next chapter of expansion. The organization has an operating budget of almost $12 million, 57 FTEs, and distributes roughly $25 million in food annually.

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
High School Principal
(Rockville, MD). Founded in the early 1960s, CESJDS of Greater Washington is one of the most prestigious independent Jewish community day schools in the world with 1,100 students and one of the largest pluralistic community day schools in North America. The High School has an enrollment of 375 students and is situated in an outstanding facility with advanced technology infrastructure; advanced science, art, ceramics, and photography studios; a publications center; Beit Midrash; athletic facilities; and an auditorium/theater.

Everglades Foundation
Vice President for Development
(Miami, FL) The Everglades Foundation is dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s Everglades. Through the advancement of scientifically sound solutions, the Foundation seeks to halt and reverse the damage inflicted on the ecosystem and provide policymakers and the public with research to help guide decision-making on complex restoration issues.


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

This month's article is The New Wild West - Staffing Nonprofits in the Age of Social Media. In our search work, board members and CEOs frequently tell us of their organization's communication needs.  At stake is visibility and relevance - ensuring that in a crowded marketplace of 140 characters, Likes, and Links, your organization isn't lost in the fog. As your organization builds a communications platform, here are skills you need to look for in your team members.

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Because we receive so many inquiries about how we work with organziations, we recently created a downloadable brochure.  In the future, this brochure will be on our "DRG At A Glance" page.  View DRG Brochure


The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (Raleigh, NC) has appointed Susan Lilly as CEO. Susan had been serving as Executive Director of the North Carolina State University Veterinary Health Foundation Read Press Release.

Leadership Pipelines Alliance has appointed Gaili Cooks as Executive Director.  Gali had most recently been serving as Director of Business Operations for the Union of Reform Judiasm Read Press Release.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Washington, DC) has appointed Emilio Alonso-Mendoza as CEO. Mr. Hargis had most recently been serving as CEO of Take Stock In Children Read Press Release

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego has appointed Charlene Seidle as President and CEO. Ms. Seidel had most recently been serving as Executive Vice President of the Leichtag Foundation Read Press Release.

DRG: The Exposé

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