JDG Associates


Founded in 1973, and having completed more than 4,000 search assignments, our experience is deep, our reach is powerful, and our track record is extraordinary. At JDG Associates, our research-intensive process and personal approach have resulted in successful senior-level searches across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally. Our local and national clients include research and consulting organizations; Fortune 1000 corporations; federal, state and local government agencies as well as small, mid and large associations and professional societies. Moreover, as a GSA-approved small business and minority roundtable member, our thriving public sector practice allows us to provide our client agencies with a selection of diverse, highly-qualified senior-executives. 

Competing for the best talent is time consuming and can have a significant impact on your organization through lost revenue, productivity, and morale. This is why clients turn to us. JDG has established an unrivaled reputation for aligning candidates and clients through our consultative, collaborative approach – we never lose sight of the fact that we are accountable for each search engagement. We are performance-driven and like it that way. By combining insight, intuition, creativity, and persistence we identify and deliver the most effective and proven leaders. Our candidates are strategic thinkers and motivated change agents who possess a diversity of experience and business acumen – individuals who will ensure your organization will achieve its immediate and long-term goals and challenges. 

We know that open and ongoing communication with our clients before, during and after the process, allows us to build partnerships, deliver results, and become trusted advisors.  It also allows us to be flexible in our approach and adapt if a client’s needs change during a search. We become an extension of our clients. Our passion, commitment to customer service, and client-centric focus has fueled our success for more than 40 years. 

JDG is proud of its affiliation with:

    • The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
    • The Minority Business Roundtable
    • The Montgomery County Local Small Business Reserve Program
    • The Maryland Recruiters Association
    • The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE)

Completed Searches



JDG Associates Leading CEO Search for Inter-American Foundation

Executive search firm JDG Associates has been retained by the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) to lead its search for a new president and chief executive officer. Darren DeGioia, president of JDG Associates, is leading the assignment. The top post, reporting to the board of directors, is responsible for executing on all IAF functions and activities to advance its mission, subject

JDG Taps CEO for Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

Executive search firm JDG Associates has recruited Tracy Petrillo as chief executive officer of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM). Principal Paul Belford led the assignment. Following a national executive search process, Dr. Petrillo was unanimously selected for the position by the Academy board of directors and search committee. Dr. Petrillo is a 15-year veteran of non-profit

JDG Associates Recruits Executive Director for Marine Technology Society

Executive search firm JDG Associates Ltd. has placed Kevin Traver as executive director of the Marine Technology Society (MTS). Principal Paul Belford led the search. Mr. Traver will lead MTS in its mission to promote awareness, understanding, advancement and application of marine technology. He will report to the board of directors, primarily through the MTS president, apprising the board on matters critical

JDG Associates Heading CEO Search for Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

Executive search firm JDG Associates Ltd. has been retained by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) to lead its search for a chief executive officer. The assignment is being led by principal Paul Belford, who has completed more than 250 client searches, most at the CEO level. The incoming AIHM CEO will be responsible for staff leadership and development

JDG Associates Taps CEO for American Podiatric Medical Association

Search firm JDG Associates Ltd. has recruited Dr. James Christina as executive director and chief executive officer of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Dr. Christina was selected as the association’s incoming executive director after a comprehensive national search process that began in 2014. Dr. Christina has served APMA as director of scientific affairs since 2005. Prior to joining the staff,


JDG Completes Director of Membership Search for AACC

ROCKVILLE, MD, January 4, 2017 — JDG Associates and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) are pleased to announce the selection of Melanie Gibson as AACC’s Director of Membership Development. In this role, Ms. Gibson will develop new domestic and international membership markets and implement campaigns to expand AACC’s member base of laboratory professionals. She will oversee department

JDG Completes Deputy Director of Science and Technology Search for NETL

ROCKVILLE, MD, December 14, 2016 — JDG and the National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Randall Gentry as NETL’s new Deputy Director of Science and Technology. Dr. Gentry works to build upon the success of NETL’s collaborations with DOE on strategic initiatives like the Annual Laboratory Plan, and the Fossil Energy Roadmap and

PPTA Medical Director Search Completed

ROCKVILLE, MD, November 8, 2016 — JDG and the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) are pleased to announce the appointment of Larisa Cervenakova, MD, Ph.D., as Medical Director for PPTA. In this role, Dr. Cervenakova will provide medical and scientific guidance to staff and industry stakeholders on maintaining the health and safety of plasma donors, expanding the

JDG Completes COO Search for DOE’s National Energy Technology Lab

ROCKVILLE, MD, October 31, 2016 — JDG and NETL are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Linda Kimberling as its new Deputy Director and COO. She provides strategic direction, leadership, and management of NETL’s support functions and services. Dr. Kimberling manages a comprehensive, fully integrated program of laboratory support operations and services including safe and secure

JDG to Commence VP of Facilities and Security Search for Montgomery College

ROCKVILLE, MD, September 9, 2016 — Founded in 1946, Montgomery College is a two-year public multi-campus institution that serves nearly 60,000 students a year in geographically-dispersed and diverse locations (Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Maryland). The Office of Facilities and Security (OFS) is committed to advancing and promoting student success at Montgomery College by providing the