About Us

Development Resources, inc. (DRi) is a nationally-ranked executive search firm that works exclusively with non-profit organizations. We have been named by Forbes magazine among the top 25% of the country’s very best search firms and the top 1% of all 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.

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 led by Jennifer Dunlap, President & CEO, and Nancy Racette, COO, each of whom spent more than 25 years as leaders in non-profit organizations such as CARE, the American Red Cross, United Way, Easter Seals Society, and Girl Scouts of the USA. Since founding DRi in 2001, they have built a senior team of experienced non-profit leaders supported by specialists in research, communications, and candidate relations and have had great success with placing candidates both domestically and internationally.

Achievements

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.

Solutions
  • Board Services
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Onboarding
  • Succession Planning
Industries
  • Associations
  • Cultural Arts
  • Education
  • Faith Based
  • Foundations
  • Non-Profit
Functions
  • All Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • C-Level Leaders
  • C-Suite
  • CEO/President
  • Non-Profit

News Briefings

DRi Tapped by The Jed Foundation to Find Chief Medical Officer

Over the past few months, numerous healthcare organizations have turned to executive search firms to find new chief medical officers. In the era of COVID-19 we can expect this to be another burgeoning area for executive search firms. Arlington, VA-based executive search firm Development Resources inc. (DRi) has been retained by The Jed Foundation (JED) to lead its search