DRG Executive Search Consultants


With 30 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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Guide Dog Foundation - America's VetDogs
Chief Executive Officer
(Smithtown, NY). Guide Dog Foundation/America's VetDogs produce and train guide/service dog teams to improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs, enabling them to live with dignity and independence. In 2003, GDF created AVD, the largest organization in providing assistance (Guide, Service and Hearing) dogs for disabled veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders. GDF and AVD, budgeted at $15M, are internationally recognized for innovative excellence in service and guide dog training for people with disabilities.

National Audubon Society
Executive Director
(New York, NY). National Audubon Society, a conservation organization protecting birds and the environment, seeks a leader to take the New York state agency to its next level of success. The Executive Director will manage the entire statewide organization and also work with the National Audubon Society to expand its contributions to conservation in New York state and the Atlantic Flyway.

Miami Learning Experience School
Executive Director
(Miami, FL). Established in 1977 the Miami Learning Experience School (MLE), is a private non-profit school for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As one of the leading schools in South Florida, MLE's operates its various programs on a lush 3.5 acre campus in the heart of South Miami. With a budget of approximately $2.3M, MLE currently serves 110 individuals with varying disabilities from age 5 through adulthood.

Dysautonomia Foundation
Executive Director
(New York, NY). The Dysautonomia Foundation, an organization that provides the best possible medical care and supports scientific research for the benefit of people afflicted with Familial Dysautonomia (FD), a rare Jewish genetic disease, seeks an Executive Director. The executive will lead the strategic advancement of the organization through marketing campaigns, event planning, and raising the public profile of the Foundation.

Providence House
Executive Director
(Brooklyn, NY). Providence House is a faith-based, woman-focused agency headquartered in Brooklyn whose mission is to provide shelter and support to homeless, abused and formerly incarcerated women and their children. The board seeks an inspiring, forward thinking, and growth oriented leader who will continue the vision set out by the Sisters of St. Joseph in breaking the cycle of homelessness while emphasizing the core values of community, non-violence, compassion and hospitality that are the underpinning to all Providence House's programs.

Mohawk Valley Health System
Vice President of Development
(Utica, NY). Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) with more than 4,000 employees (FTEs) and an operating budget of $532M has received a $300M NY State Health Care Facility Transformation grant to support the construction of a new $480M health care campus to serve the region, train clinicians, and conduct biomedical research. Reporting to the CEO of MVHS, the VP of Philanthropy will build a culture of philanthropy and lead a comprehensive capital campaign supporting construction of the new hospital.

Jewish Child & Family Services
Director of Development
(Chicago, IL). Jewish Child & Family Services, a Chicago institution for close to 160 years, provides a comprehensive network of behavioral health care and social services promoting well-being and self-sufficiency. They seek a mission-focused, strategic leader who is a seasoned professional with experience serving in a broad organizational capacity to take the lead as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

American Friends of Migdal Ohr
(NY, NY). American Friends of Migdal Ohr, the supporting arm of Israel's leading non-profit organization for children at risk, seeks a CEO to lead its fundraising efforts and strengthen the organization's visibility and brand. This is a prime opportunity for a dynamic executive to reinvigorate Migdal Ohr's work and to ensure the legacy for future generations of Israeli children at risk.

Rockwern Academy
Head of School
(Cincinnati, OH). Rockwern Academy, a prestigious Jewish Day School in Cincinnati, is seeking a Head of School to carry out its mission of providing an outstanding Jewish and general academic education in a warm and nurturing environment. As the school celebrates its 65th anniversary, Rockwern Academy is positioned to build upon and grow its foundation and tradition of excellence.



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Aileen Chumard has been appointed President and CEO of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens. With a strong arts programming background, Chumard comes to Snug Harbor having most recently served as Executive Director of Programs and Exhibits for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporations. Chumard follows Lynn Kelly, whom DRG placed 6 years go, who recently left Snug Harbor to serve as Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks. Search led by David Hinsley Cheng.

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.


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