DRG Seeking New CEO for Taproot Foundation

May 28, 2024 – DRG, which serves the non-profit sector, was recently retained by Taproot Foundation to lead in its search for a new CEO. Natalia Kepler, Jessica Hammerman, and Merav Schwartz are leading the assignment. Taproot is looking for a visionary leader who is both strategic and inspirational. They will be responsible for developing the organization’s long-term vision and goals, building relationships with key stakeholders, and overseeing all aspects of non-profit. You will also be a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, fostering a culture of belonging.

The company is looking for a leader who has personal experience in pro bono engagement, is ready to lead an organization with an inclusion-first mindset, and who brings prior executive leadership, management, and organizational development experience along with relationships that can be leveraged for driving new revenue opportunities, fundraising and pro bono partnerships.

DRG is looking to attract a visionary, inspirational and strategic leader with experience defining a strategic vision, as either a founder or CEO of an advocacy-based non-profit. Candidates should have at least 10 years of executive leadership management experience, preferably in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. They must have expertise in leading an organization through a period of transformation. The organization wants a relationship builder with a strong external presence and personal brand with the ability to champion the pro bono movement with a wide range of stakeholders. They should have the ability to take a non-biased, 360-degree view of the organization and define a path to align resources to the redefined vision.

Since 2001, Taproot Foundation has been a leader in the pro bono movement, connecting nonprofits, companies, and skilled volunteers to create social change. The organization is located in San Francisco and has an annual budget of $5.9 million and over 40 staff.

Serving Non-Profits

New York City-based DRG is a talent advisory group. Founded in 1987, the firm offers a suite of services to help non-profits search for, attract and nurture innovative, diverse leadership. It also helps organizations maximize their impact through talent assessments, transition planning, and by providing insights into compensation and organizational design.

Dara Klarfeld is CEO and majority owner of DRG. She is an expert in identifying C-suite talent and in providing strategic direction to non-profit boards and management, she is sought out by many leading non-profit boards and leadership to help guide and advise them on issues relating to hiring talent, organizational design, negotiation and women in leadership. With over 20 years of experience working with and advising non-profits, Ms. Klarfeld is a thought leader in the talent advisory space.

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Ms. Kepler is a senior talent consultant at DRG. She brings 15 years of experience in consulting, program management, CSR, and board service to her work. Her passion is connecting social change organizations to passionate and skilled volunteers and leaders.

Ms. Hammerman is a managing director of search at DRG. She is an expert in talent strategy, including organizational design, and executive search. Her passion is relationship and stakeholder management, and she takes a genuine interest in open and timely communication that builds strong relationships with both clients and candidates.

Ms. Schwartz is a senior associate at DRG. As an associate of the research and outreach team, she supports candidate sourcing, outreach communication, and pipeline development for clients.

Current Search

DRG is also currently seeking a new CEO for JAFCO. Upon the retirement of its longstanding, founding CEO, JAFCO is seeking a strategic and mission-oriented executive to provide leadership for the continued success of the organization. The CEO will be responsible for maintaining the high quality of services to the individuals and families that JAFCO supports while fostering growth in programs, teams, boards, and donors.

JAFCO’s mission is to provide care, safety and support to children and their families within the Jewish community and beyond who are impacted by abuse, neglect, trauma, or developmental disabilities…giving every child a place to belong.

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

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