DRG Executive Search Consultants
January 4, 2017


As DRG begins its 30th year recruiting outstanding talent to lead nonprofit organizations, I am pleased to announce a major change in our firm's leadership.
This January, DRG Vice President Dara Klarfeld will assume the new position of Managing Director of DRG. In her new role, Dara will be the firm's senior executive responsible for directing all aspects of DRG's executive search business. Together with our Managing Partner David Hinsley Cheng, who oversees DRG's technology, marketing and office operations, Dara will lead DRG into its next phases of growth and change. Both David and Dara will balance these executive responsibilities with managing their active search portfolios and work with clients.

Since joining DRG in 2011, Dara has built a significant executive search practice in informal and formal education. She has recruited heads of schools, CEOs and other executive positions for foundations, community centers, Jewish federations, and other institutions around the country including the Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, JCC Association, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, PJ Library, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, Hillel International, and Slingshot. Throughout her career, Dara has worked in classrooms, camps, youth movements and experiential education programs. Before joining DRG, she developed and directed the Shapiro Family Fellowship at the UJA-Federation of New York. She received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, and a master's and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Most recently, Dara has taken a key leadership role in DRG's strategic planning process. Her creativity and thoughtfulness has challenged us to think broadly about our work.  She then led our teams in implementing several of the changes that have yielded important improvements in our internal operations. In these roles, she has earned the respect of all of us at DRG and the recent announcement of her new role to our team was greeted with great enthusiasm.

As Dara assumes her new role as Managing Director, I will continue to remain engaged in DRG's work.  A primary focus will be my search practice and work with clients.  I will be working with our consultants to help them expand their practices and with our associates team on enhancing their work.   I hope to write and speak more on behalf of DRG about issues related to talent, recruitment and retention in the nonprofit sector.   Working with colleagues and advising top performers will continue to be a priority as we work to develop a more robust leadership pipeline for the sector.  I look forward to supporting Dara and David as they position DRG for continued leadership in a rapidly changing world.  

While I am proud of DRG's first 30 years and the contributions that over 1,000 professionals that we have helped to recruit have made to our clients' work and to the nonprofit sector, I am especially excited about our future.  You will be hearing more about the results of our recent planning process and the steps we are taking to make DRG an even more unique resource for recruiting executive leadership throughout the nonprofit sector. 

I hope that you will join me in congratulating Dara and supporting her as she assumes this new leadership role.  You can reach her at  DKlarfeld@drgnyc.com.

Wishing you a healthy and successful 2017!
David E. Edell
DRG Executive Search