About Us

Development Resources, inc. (DRi) is a nationally-ranked executive search firm that partners with socially-conscious organizations, including non-profits, foundations, higher education, and socially aware companies. We have been named by Forbes magazine among the country’s top ranked search firms. We specialize in working with mission-driven organizations to enhance every dimension of their organizational leadership, from C-suite recruitment to the broad diversification of leadership ranks.

Having worked in the non-profit sector, our staff of talented professionals bring years of experience, unique insight, and energy to each project. DRi’s corporate culture and continuum of services are entirely driven by the needs and ethics of the non-profit community. Having led complex non-profit enterprises, we understand the sector from top to bottom, and from the inside out. We also have an expanding client base of socially aware private sector companies.

DRi guarantees that each client will receive personal attention and support specific to their needs. Our knowledge of the philanthropic environment, as well as our experience, approach, process, and national and international networks, makes us uniquely qualified to help you achieve your goals

DRi is a women-owned company, led by Jennifer Dunlap, President & CEO, and Nancy Racette, COO. Since founding DRi in 2001, they have built a senior team of experienced leaders supported by specialists in research, communications, and candidate relations and have had great success with placing candidates both domestically and internationally.


Representative Clients

To view a full list of Development Resources clients please visit: https://driconsulting.com/client-list/

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DRi values diversity in its own staff; we represent a spectrum of gender, race, sexual orientation, and religion, and encourage staff members to seek out opportunities for professional development. We encourage employees to speak up and be advocates for themselves, while taking every opportunity to recognize successes within the organization.

In every search, we are committed to developing a promotional plan that targets diverse audiences on professional job boards, while seeking out connections on LinkedIn through our own proactive research. We have the research and understanding it takes to achieve success and know that through representation, we make our clients stronger.

Solutions And Expertise

Sourcing diverse candidates: Providing a diverse candidate pool is important to DRi. We strive to present a slate of candidates that is representative of this country as a whole and the community in which our clients operate. This may mean presenting candidates for consideration that may not have the exact experience you are looking for, but bring a unique perspective to your organization and are capable of growing into the desired role.

We listen to what our clients want and need with regards to not only diversity, but their eventual candidate pool in general, and pull from our deep relationships within the non-profit community to achieve the desired outcome. Our extensive database has thousands of diverse candidates already connected to DRi; we have built these relationships over many years and have strong connections to Black, Latinx, Pan Asian, and LGBTQ communities and groups.

These relationships are not superficial; one of DRi’s values is stewardship, ensuring candidates feel valued while a search is progressing, but also maintaining those relationships should a candidate not be selected for the opportunity, so they are open to speaking with us about potential candidates to whom we are not already connected.

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News Briefings

DRiWaterstone Human Capital Seeks CEO for New Hope Housing in Northern Virginia

Arlington, VA-based DRiWaterstone Human Capital has been enlisted to find the next chief executive officer for New Hope Housing (NHH), a non-profit organization that operates homeless shelters and housing programs across Northern Virginia. The new CEO will be responsible for all aspects of New Hope Housing’s operations, leading the staff in accomplishing NHH’s goals while

Development Resources Seeks CEO for HealthWorks of Northern Virginia

Arlington, VA-based executive search firm Development Resources inc. (DRi) has been enlisted to find a chief executive officer for HealthWorks for Northern Virgina, a non-profit community health center. Nancy K. Racette, co-founder and chief operating officer, is leading the assignment for the search firm. HealthWorks seeks an engaging CEO possessing unquestioned integrity to lead the overall operations of the

DRi Seeks VP of DE&I for Sustainability Non-Profit Ceres

Arlington, VA-based executive search firm Development Resources Inc. (DRi) has been enlisted to find a vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion for Ceres, a sustainability non-profit organization. Jennifer Dunlap, DRi’s president and chief executive officer, is spearheading the assignment. “Ceres is searching for an experienced professional to lead the organization’s DEI journey,” said the search firm. “The vice

DRi Seeks CEO for Atlas Service Corps

Arlington, VA-based executive search firm Development Resources Inc. (DRi) has been retained by Atlas Service Corps, also known as Atlas Corps, to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Based in Washington, D.C., Atlas Corps is an international network of social sector leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation and solutions to address the world’s 21st-century challenges.