About Us

DRiWaterstone Human Capital is a culture-centric retained executive search firm helping nonprofit and social impact organizations build high performance teams and cultures.

We are dedicated to matching purpose-driven leaders with mission and purpose-driven roles.  We help ensure our clients have the right leaders in place – leaders who will lead in alignment with the organization’s unique values and goals, who will magnify the organization’s impacts, and who will help the business grow.

DRiWaterstone has built one of the largest networks in the country of leaders qualified for nonprofit and social impact organizations. We serve a diverse group of clients in the nonprofit, foundation, social impact enterprise, and corporate citizenship space who are looking to have a greater impact locally, nationally, and globally.

And we know that when it comes to leadership, building doesn’t stop with hiring: we offer a range of programs and tools that focus on the behaviors and practices proven to make the biggest difference to leadership, team and organizational success.

Our Commitment to DE&I
DRiWaterstone Human Capital’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) dates to its founding, and has been recognized in the latest Hunt Scanlon HR/Diversity Power 65 Rankings.

We believe that it is only through DE&I that communities can reach their full potential. It’s also an essential component for organizations that want to build a high-performance culture. That’s why we make it a priority to recruit diverse talent for every search.


Representative Clients

We’re honored to work with forward-thinking organizations, foundations, and associations making expansive changes for their communities. Our distinguished portfolio represents a diverse tapestry of clients spanning industries and sectors. For a list of clients, visit the DRiWaterstone website.

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After decades of leading purpose and mission-driven organizations, DRiWaterstone’s founders set out to create an executive search firm designed especially for this sector.

We are deliberately structured to ensure that one of our leaders plays a hands-on role in every search we conduct. This rare, high-caliber approach to executive search allows us to align our searches with our clients’ most important strategic goals. Our leaders are supported by a carefully structured team of specialists that works together on every assignment. Drawing on our experience with purpose and mission-driven organizations, our staff includes a dedicated Candidate Stewardship Associate who ensures that candidates have positive impressions of our clients—no matter the outcome of their own candidacies.

Solutions And Expertise

DRiWaterstone works with mission and purpose-driven organizations in both the public and private sectors to provide executive search services for Chief Executives, Vice Presidents, and Director-level staff in all facets of organizational management.

We also have a successful history of working with Boards of Governors at a wide variety of organizations – from supporting strategic planning work to helping organizations recruit top talent to fill Board seats and help them reach their impact, performance and reputation goals.

  • Board Services
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Onboarding
  • Succession Planning
  • Associations
  • Cultural Arts
  • Education
  • Faith Based
  • Foundations
  • Non-Profit
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • C-Level Leaders
  • C-Suite
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Development
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources
  • Non-Profit
  • Program Management

News Briefings

DRiWaterstone Human Capital Recruits Inaugural Executive Director for the West Virginia First Foundation

Arlington, VA-based DRiWaterstone Human Capital has recruited Jonathan Board as the inaugural executive director at the West Virginia First Foundation. This search was led by managing director, Julio Suárez, with the support of the DRiWaterstone team. “It’s a huge relief, not only that we have an executive director, but that we have Jonathan Board as an

3 Ways to Nurture Talent for Future Leadership in Non-Profit and Social Impact Organizations

In the non-profit and social impact space, identifying and nurturing talent is crucial for sustainable growth and impact. To ensure a pipeline of capable leaders, it is essential to invest in talent development strategies that cultivate the potential within the organization, according to a report from DRiWaterstone Human Capital. The firm addresses three ways to attract

DRiWaterstone Human Capital Seeking Major Gifts Officer for American Humane

For not-for-profit organizations, these are particularly challenging days. Declining support from government sources, increased demand for their services and competition for donor dollars are just a few of the issues that charitable groups must overcome to stay afloat each year. With COVID-19, donations are down even further. Simply put, major gift officers are top-level fundraisers.

DRiWaterstone Human Capital Recruits New Leader for Michigan Radio

Following an extensive nationwide search, Arlington, VA-based DRiWaterstone Human Capital has placed Wendy Turner as the new executive director and general manager of Michigan Radio, the public broadcasting service of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. She replaces Stephen Schram, who retired as Michigan Radio’s leader in late 2022. “Michigan Radio’s legacy of excellence has

Press Releases

DRiWaterstone Human Capital Places Johnathan Board as Executive Director at the West Virginia First Foundation

ARLINGTON, VA (March 15, 2024) – DRiWaterstone Human Capital has successfully placed Jonathan Board as the inaugural Executive Director at the West Virginia First Foundation. In this role, Board will play a pivotal role in establishing the Foundation, developing its operational structure, overseeing its programs and initiatives, and spearheading partnership efforts. Jonathan Board is a

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