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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Empathy Fund
(New York, NY). Daniel Lubetzky, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KIND Snacks, is as driven and creative with his philanthropy as he is in his business endeavors. He strives to create greater impact by investing in the vision and operations of current initiatives, and to grow the philanthropies' by expanding current projects and introducing new ideas in a broad range of sectors. Current projects include the Peaceworks Foundation, a public charity with an independent board, which Lubetzky founded. Related to the Peaceworks Foundation are: OneVoice Movement, an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians (OneVoice Israel, OneVoice Palestine, OneVoice US, OneVoice Europe); and Empatico, a new program being incubated within the Peaceworks Foundation. In addition to the Peaceworks Foundation projects, The KIND Foundation, the corporation's philanthropic arm, is a significant part of Lubetzky's philanthropic interests. The President of the Empathy Fund will be the senior philanthropic partner and advisor to Lubetzky, and the chief professional officer responsible for all of his philanthropic activities.

Student Sponsors Partners
Director of Development
(New York, NY). Since 1986, Student Sponsor Partners (SSP) has been providing at-risk students in New York City with the opportunity to get a quality, non-public high school education through the financial support and one-to-one guidance of a sponsor. SSP is seeking a Director of Development who will be responsible for the preparation and management of an overall comprehensive fundraising plan, short and long term strategy, and action plans in order to meet the financial goals determined by the Executive Director and Board. SSP has a full time staff of 11 and an operating budget of approximately $7.5 Million

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Director of Legal Advocacy
(New York, NY). Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is a 123-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated human services, which significantly improve the lives of thousands of people in need each year on the East Side of Manhattan. Lenox Hill's Legal Advocacy Department currently consists of 11 attorneys, 6 advocates, and 2 coordinators, and it provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to more than 3,000 low-income individuals and families each year. Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, an experienced public interest attorney and former director of the Legal Advocacy Department, the Director of Legal Advocacy will lead and manage the diverse activities of a 20 person civil legal services program.

Lymphoma Research Foundation
Director of Development
(New York, NY). The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. The Foundation's mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease. LRF seeks a Director of Development to provide strategic leadership and creative direction to an integrated team of distinguished events, stewardship, active lifestyle events, and community engagement staff. LRF has an operating budget of $10 million and a professional staff of 40.

Friends of Israel Defense Forces
New York Director
(New York, NY).Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, under the leadership of John Klein z''l, to provide for education and wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers. Headquartered in New York City, FIDF is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 15 regional offices in the United States and Panama. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Tri-State Region, the New York Director will focus on raising funds for the well-established NY Real Estate Division of FIDF. The New York Real Estate Division has grown tremendously and is an integral part of FIDF's Tri-State Region and the overall $100 million national philanthropic fundraising program.


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As DRG begins its 30th year recruiting talent to lead nonprofit organizations, we are pleased to announce a major change in our firm's leadership. DRG Vice President Dara Klarfeld will assume the new position of Managing Director of DRG, where she will be responsible for directing all aspects of DRG's executive search business. Click here to read the announcement

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 is pleased to announce Phil Lussier as the new CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. Lussier has extensive experience with strategy and planning as well as managing teams. His 35-year professional career has been primarily in the financial services industry; He previously served as the Principal of Crow Point Partners and as Chairman and CEO of CitiStreet. As a non-profit leader, he has served on the Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island board from 2003-2009, and the Make-A-Wish National Board from 2009-2015, including two years as national board chair. This search was conducted by DRG Vice President Sue Waterbury. Read Press Release

DRG recruits Felice Wagner to serve as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Network of Trial Law Firms. Wagner, a former practicing attorney, is an internationally recognized legal industry executive with a proven track record of building new businesses, launching unique products and groundbreaking initiatives, developing high-performing national teams, and driving client relationships and revenue growth. Before joining the Network, she served as Director Of Sales And Business Development at Berger Singerman LLP. She has also served as Chief Business Development Officer of the international legal service provider Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. This search was conducted by DRG Managing Partner David Hinlsey Cheng and Senior Associate Kelsey Blagdon.

Chana Fitton is the new Deputy Director of Operations at the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust. Prior to joining the Trust, Fitton served as Chief Operating Officer at the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, where she led the day to day operations of the Foundation/ReThink Health and its strategic leadership team. During her tenure, the organization grew from 3 to over 50 staff and consultants and from a budget of $4 million to one nearing $8 million. Earlier in her career, she spent ten years as a vice president and senior financial analyst at Applied Concepts, a consulting firm that merged proven business applications with meaningful social values. In her role at the organization, she worked closely with many organizations including the 92nd Street Y, UJA-Federation of New York, and the Foundation Center. This search was conducted by DRG President David E. Edell, DRG Consultant Steven J. Goldberg and DRG Associate Sarah Waldbott.

DRG recruits Dylan Tatz as the Program Officer of the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust. Before coming to the Becker Charitable Trust, Tatz spent four years as Executive Director of zSharp, a Bay Area music education non-profit, more than tripling the budget and spearheading its transformation from a traditional non-profit into a sustainable social enterprise. Prior to zSharp, Dylan served as an associate at McKinsey and Company, and founded and led Tatz Entertainment, a four-employee management consulting firm working with Silicon Valley startups. He has also served as Assistant Director of Strategic Planning at the American Jewish Committee. This search was conducted by DRG President David E. Edell, DRG Consultant Steven J. Goldberg and DRG Associate Sarah Waldbott.

Janice Barnes has been named the new Executive Director of Kids' B.A.S.E. & The Little School ("KBLS"), an accredited, licensed not-for-profit private school that is recognized as a model of before and after school programs, serving all Scarsdale elementary schools. Barnes, an accomplished early childhood and elementary school educator and administrator, comes to our client Kids' B.A.S.E. from the Ridgeway Nursery School and Kindergarten in White Plains, New York, where she served as Director for over 10 years. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Early Childhood Education at Nyack College. This search was conducted by DRG Vice President Dara Z. Klarfeld and DRG Associate Marlene Mlawski. Read Press Release



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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.