March 27, 2020 – Executive recruitment firm Development Guild DDI, which focuses on the non-profit sector, has placed Tricia Hart as chief development officer for the environmental group Greenpeace. Managing director Sherry Ettleson led the assignment.
Ms. Hart most recently served as national director of marketing and engagement at Amnesty International USA, where she expanded direct mail and digital giving programs to generate $30 million of the organization’s $46 million budget. She previously served as a fundraising leader in multiple healthcare organizations, including Orbis International and Alliance for Lupus Research; in both organizations, she raised more than $5 million annually.
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In her new role with Greenpeace, Ms. Hart will lead a fast-growing and comprehensive program of canvassing, direct mail, digital fundraising and major gifts from individuals and foundations. “Congratulations to Tricia and Greenpeace—we look forward to the critical work they will do together,” Development Guild DDI said.
Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. For over 50 years, Greenpeace has fought to save the planet from the threat of climate change, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans and the threat of a nuclear disaster. As an independent organization, Greenpeace accepts no funds from any corporations or government entities. The organization is headquartered in the Netherlands with offices in over 50 countries.
Development Guild DDI, which has offices in New York and Boston, was founded in 1978. The firm helps clients align leadership around a strategic vision with its planning, executive search and fundraising services. The firm works with non-profits nationwide, partnering with leaders in academic medicine, higher education, arts and culture, human services and others.
Development Guild’s clients, which number more than 500, have included: Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts Medical Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, College of the Holy Cross, Partners in Health, University of Rhode Island Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Cancer Society.
President William Weber, who co-founded the firm with Suzanne Weber in 1978, has focused his career on the convergence of strategic planning, philanthropy and leadership development, as well as the transformational impact it can have on an institution. His many clients have included: Boston University, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Johns Hopkins Medicine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Mount Sinai Health System, National Coast Guard Museum Association, Union of Concerned Scientists and Year Up.
Ms. Ettleson has helped fill more than 250 leadership roles at major mission-driven institutions. Her clients included some of the most successful and pioneering non-profits in the country, including the AFL-CIO, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, League of Conservation Voters, National Immigration Forum, RAINN, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the 50/50 Climate Project. She joined Development Guild DDI in 2018 and offers a comprehensive suite of executive search services to national and state organizations, with a special focus on advocacy organizations.
Chief Development Officers
Virtually every industry needs top-drawer chief development officers. CDOs play a key role in planning, coordinating and administering capital campaigns, corporate giving and galvanizing new donors while keeping previous funders content. Implementing funding strategies that “keep the lights on,” according to recruiters specializing in the function, is job one.
Recruiters generally say that the best training for these positions is experience, noting that there are many industry conferences and summits that are beneficial for benchmarking and sharing of best practices.
Here is a sampling of recent searches for chief development officers from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Aspen Leadership Group, an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting top talent for philanthropic organizations, has been enlisted to find a chief development officer for the Denver Zoological Foundation (Denver Zoo) in Colorado. The CDO will be charged with providing strategic and tactical leadership on all Denver Zoo fundraising, said the search firm.
Vancouver, British Columbia-based PFM Executive Search placed Cynthia Kinsella as chief development officer of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Most recently, Ms. Kinsella was vice president of employee support solutions for Morneau Shepell’s Western region.
Development Resources inc. (DRi) has placed Emily Tracy as the new chief development officer of Polaris, an anti-human-trafficking organization. Ms. Tracy most recently served as national director of development for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media