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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PJ Library
Chief Executive Officer
(Agawam, MA). The flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library provides families with high-quality children's books, music and other resources that foster Jewish learning and create a gateway for deeper engagement in Jewish life. PJ Library was selected as one of the "50 most inspiring and innovative programs in North America" by Slingshot and was also a JESNA 2010 pick for "Best in Jewish Education of the Decade." PJ Library is currently serving over 130,000 family subscribers in 200 communities throughout North America, with hundreds of thousands more around the world.

Audubon Connecticut
Director of Development
(Greenwich & Sharon, CT). Audubon Connecticut’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.  Audubon CT is one of Audubon’s largest state programs and dates back to 1941. It includes 3 Audubon Centers, 4 major sanctuaries and a number of smaller sanctuaries, protecting 4,500 acres. Audubon CT has a budget of $3.3 million and a staff of 25.

National Audubon Society
Major Gifts Officer
(New York, NY). For more than a century, the National Audubon Society has championed the protection of birds and their habitat. Its mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. In the fall of 2011, Audubon adopted a new strategic plan to renew the organization’s focus on the biggest and most important opportunities for addressing critical threats to birds and their habitat. Due to the success of this plan, Audubon is looking to expand its major gifts program. The National Audubon Society is headquartered in New York City and has a budget of $90M.

Food Bank For New York City
Vice President for Talent and Team Devlopment
(New York, NY). The Food Bank For New York City has been serving as the city's major hunger-relief nonprofit organization for 31 years to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. One of the country's largest food banks, the Food Bank's mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information, and support for community survival and dignity.

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.


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


American Youth Soccer Organization - AYSO - (Torrance, CA) has appointed Ian McMahon as their National Executive Director. A former professional footballer with Manchester and other clubs in England, Mr, Mahon had been serving as CEO of the Hong Kong Sevens/Hong Kong Football and Rugby Union. Read Press Release.

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 Gali 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.