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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Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
Director of Development, Northeast Region
(New York, NY).  As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) leads the world in cure-focused research, and is committed to finding a cure in the fastest, safest, most efficient way possible. The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) provides the DRI with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. DRIF seeks an experienced senior major gifts professional with a strong track record in cultivating and securing major gifts. With an operating budget of $7.5 million and a staff of 28, The Director of Development will be responsible for planning, directing, and managing all fundraising and external affairs activity in the Northeast Region.

Queens Center for Progress
Executive Director
(Jamaica, NY).  Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) was founded in 1950 as United Cerebral Palsy of Queens, by a group of parents who needed services for their children with cerebral palsy. In 2001, to reflect the wide variety of developmental disabilities served by their programs, UCP of Queens became Queens Centers for Progress. QCP serves more than 1,500 individuals with a staff of more than 600 and an annual budget of approximately $35 million. QCP seeks an Executive Director who will be responsible for continuing and building on the vision and strategic direction of this mission-driven, non-profit organization and providing leadership to establish and maintain QCP as a premier provider of services for people with disabilities.

Sephardic Bikur Holim
Executive Director
(Brooklyn, NY).  Sephardic Bikur Holim (SBH) is a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit social services and mental health agency in its 40th year whose primary mission is to provide help to individuals and families in crises, imbuing them with the strength and confidence to effectively cope with challenges, empowering them to become self-sufficient, and allowing them to rise with dignity to their utmost potential. For each of the past 3 years, SBH received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator-their highest distinction. SBH seeks an Executive Director to work with the board to ensure that all agency operations are consistent with the SBH mission, that there is an on-going commitment to the highest level of service provision, and that the agency ascribes to best practices in non-profit management and governance.

Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Chief Financial Officer
(Hillside, NJ).  The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) has become one of the largest food banks in the country. CFBNJ feeds hundreds of thousands of hungry people in 17 of NJ's 21 counties and distributes over 43 million pounds of food and groceries a year to more than 1,000 non-profit programs, as well as 400 programs served by its three Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs). The organization's total budget is $100M (with an operating budget of $18M) and has a staff of 200. With new leadership, the Community FoodBank of New jersey is poised for growth and expansion. CFBNJ seeks a CFO to lead the overall fiscal management of the organization and oversee and implement all financial policies for the accounting, budgeting, treasury, banking, grant review, and tax reporting functions.

The Israel Project
Chief Advancement Officer
(Washington,DC).  Founded in 2003, The Israel Project is a non-partisan American educational organization dedicated to informing the media and public conversation about Israel and the Middle East. As a strategic communications based-organization with unrivaled credibility, TIP is a one-stop source for detailed and accurate information and provides facts to press, policymakers and the public on issues affecting Israel and the Middle East, the Jewish people and America's interests in the Middle East. The Israel Project is currently seeking a Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) to lead the revenue-generation efforts of the organization. The CAO is a new position that merges the roles of a Chief Development Officer and a Chief Marketing Officer. Under innovative new leadership, TIP strives to create a new strategic framework that expands the reach and results of the organization.


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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 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

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has named Rabbi Reuven Greenvald as its new Director of Israel Engagement. In his new role, he will expand and enrich URJ's Israel programs and activities. Our placement Rabbi Greenvald, one of the most renowned Israel educators, joins URJ after serving as Director of Israeli Engagement in a joint program of HUC-JIR (NY) and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he spearheaded a new initiative to integrate Israel engagement into pre-professional training for future Jewish leaders. This search was conducted by DRG Vice President Dara Z. Klarfeld and DRG Associate Marlene Mlawski. Read Press Release

Planned Parenthood Keystone (PPKey) has named Melissa Reed as the organization's new President/CEO. Reed, a public policy, electoral, and non-profit executive leader with more than 25 years of experience, is committed to women's rights, progressive policy, and social justice. Before joining PPKey, she served as Vice President for Public Policy & Executive Director of the Action Fund for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic in Raleigh, North Carolina. This search was conducted by DRG Senior Vice President Mary Wheeler and DRG Associate Jill Sarah Moscowitz. Read Press Release

DRG recruits Seema Shah as the inaugural Deputy Director of the Cricket Island Foundation (CIF). In her new role, Seema is managing the assessment and evaluation processes that support CIF's ability to be an effective funder. Before joining the Cricket Island Foundation, Seema served as the Director of Research at the Foundation Center, where she led projects on a variety of topics, including international research, new forms of philanthropy, and diversity and inclusiveness in the philanthropic sector. This search was conducted by DRG Vice President Sue Waterbury and DRG Associate Sarah Waldbott. 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.