Executive Search Placements and Testimonials

At DRi, we’ve been privileged to work with non-profits around the country to meet their executive search needs. We are proud to announce some of our recent placements and to share some of the things our clients are saying about our work.

Recent DRi Placements

  • Chief Executive Officer, Insight Memory Care Center
  • National Director, Report for America
  • Station Manager, North Country Public Radio
  • Vice President of Innovation, American Nurses Association
  • Chief Financial Officer, Academy of Management
  • Chief Development Officer, Greenpeace

Client Endorsements

“We selected DRi to lead Greater Public’s search for our first President and CEO in 20 years. Our organization had already come such a long way–we have 275 member stations and one of the biggest public media conferences in the business–but we needed someone who could help us meet an array of 21st-century public media fundraising challenges. Since the incumbent had been in place for so long, identifying the right person who had the combination of talents to build upon what was in place while steering the organization into the future was a challenging task. DRi knew how to recruit people who could do it.

Just as important, DRi made contributions beyond simply identifying candidates. They helped the Board set up a cogent search process, steered us steadily in the right direction, identified challenges well in advance of them becoming an issue, and supported us with a level of professionalism that made what could have been a bumpy road very smooth and successful.

I highly recommend DRi to any Board that needs a top-level CEO.”

-Paul Jacobs
Board Chair, Greater Public; President, Jacobs Media Strategies and jacapps

“I was very pleased with my association with DRi. From the professionalism of their staff, to the high priority and attention they gave us on our search, to the quality of the candidates and research on those candidates that was produced, we couldn’t have been happier with our choice of DRi as a search partner. We ended up with a top-tier employee and I would definitely hire DRi again.”

-Alexis Bataillon
Chief of Staff, The Brookings Institution

“We have had many conversations regarding DRi and how fortunate we have been to partner with you. Your experience and expertise was evident in all areas, from understanding the YWCA and our needs to supporting and guiding both the Search and Executive Committees on our journey to not only find a CEO but also to improve our organization. Thank you for all that you and your team have done, and most importantly, for connecting us with Vanessa!

-Shelly Holden
Search Committee Chair and Board member, YWCA Tulsa

“I just wrapped up a welcome lunch with Natasha and wanted to thank you for bringing her here to Safe Kids. She is an exceptional person and she will be an outstanding addition to the organization. I really enjoyed worked with you and your team – it’s always a pleasure to work with straight shooters –and I just want to say kudos to you all for a job well done.”

-John Hart
Chief Operations Officer, Safe Kids Worldwide

“The Duke Ellington School of the Arts retained DRi and Nancy Racette to perform a search for a new Chief Development Officer. The folks from DRi not only searched for well-qualified applicants, they were very concerned about learning about the culture and environment of the Ellington School to ensure that we hired the person that fit best in the organization. The search yielded a strong field of candidates for us to interview and resulted in the hiring of an ideal individual who possesses the skills to take the Ellington School to the next level of fundraising success.”

-Robert D. Horvath
President, The Ellington Fund

“DRi has helped me build an outstanding Development team that has transformed our ability to raise significant funds for the National Park Foundation.  They find the right people for the right job, and those people produce.”

-Pat Nicklin
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, National Park Foundation

“We simply love Grant, Rhonda, and Anne; all three of them have hit the ground running and are wonderful additions to our team. We very much appreciate the role DRi played in helping us ‘right our ship’ and we are optimistic about what’s ahead, now that we’ve built out our regional philanthropy team.  I was recently interviewed on NPR about WWF’s philanthropy, which wasn’t necessarily something our organization has been known for in recent years! Whew—onto the next fiscal year…”

-Julie Miller
World Wildlife Fund