Cook Silverman Search Recruits Executive Director for the Eviction Defense Collaborative

June 5, 2024 – Greenbrae, CA-based Cook Silverman Search recently assisted in the recruitment of Daniel Casanova as the new executive director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative. Victoria L. Silverman, managing founder of the search firm, led the assignment. Eviction Defense Collaborative was seeking a remarkable civic leader who is passionate about social justice to serve as their next executive director.

Mr. Casanova fit the bill. He is a seasoned non-profit leader with over 25 years of experience in the sector. As the executive director of global partners for development for over 10 years, he led impactful initiatives focusing on economic empowerment and environmental sustainability in East Africa and beyond. Mr. Casanova also previously served as chief programming officer of El Fondo De Las Islas Canarias. His extensive international background includes work in East, North, and West Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Mr. Casanova has been instrumental in establishing numerous NGOs from their conceptual phases to becoming established entities, with a focus on fields such as public health, education, and economic development.

In his new position with the Eviction Defense Collaborative, Mr. Casanova is responsible to the board of directors for the successful vision, leadership, management of the organization including community engagement, city and state government relations, fundraising/development, human resources, strategic planning finance, and executive communications.

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The Eviction Defense Collaborative is the principal organization in San Francisco helping low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits. Each year, they provide emergency legal services and rental assistance to over 5,000 tenants in the region. EDC also represents clients who have been evicted from city run shelters at hearings and arbitrations.

Non-Profit Specialists

Cook Silverman Search focuses on senior development positions for not-for-profit organizations, predominantly in Northern California. Its client base represents a broad span of organizations, including independent schools, universities and faith-based organizations, as well as those serving conservation, health care, social service, museums, science and culture. The firm has placed advancement executives for Peninsula Family Service, Moreau Catholic High School, Children’s Council of San Francisco, and Pinewood School, among others.

Ms. Silverman has more than 30 years of experience in the philanthropic sector. Throughout her career, she has worked in senior fundraising, advancement, and management positions at Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of California, the American Film Institute, and the Buck Institute for Age Research, among others. Her search work focuses on higher education, the arts, biotech and environment sectors. She has been speaker for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and has served on fundraising advisory committees for several non-profit organizations.

Recently Called In

Cook Silverman Search was recently selected by Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative in San Francisco to lead its search for a chief development officer. The organization is seeking an experienced chief development officer, who will be responsible for planning, executing and evaluating all fundraising and development initiatives. The CDO will establish fundraising priorities and objectives; create fundraising strategies to meet specific program goals; identify and profile current and prospective individual, business, and foundation prospects; develop and cultivate positive relationships with donors and prospects; and solicit and steward major donors.

Candidates should have deep experience in building and executing a successful, multi-channel fundraising strategy. They must be a skillful and determined fundraiser who is gifted at building, sustaining, and growing relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and other stakeholders. Candidates should also be passionate about and highly motivated by the opportunity to deliver better, less costly healthcare to patients in need.

Related: Surging Non-Profit Sector Seeks Senior Leaders

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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