JDG Associates


Founded in 1973, and having completed more than 4,000 search assignments, our experience is deep, our reach is powerful, and our track record is extraordinary. At JDG Associates, our research-intensive process and personal approach have resulted in successful senior-level searches across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally. Our local and national clients include research and consulting organizations; Fortune 1000 corporations; federal, state and local government agencies as well as small, mid and large associations and professional societies. Moreover, as a GSA-approved small business and minority roundtable member, our thriving public sector practice allows us to provide our client agencies with a selection of diverse, highly-qualified senior-executives. 

Competing for the best talent is time consuming and can have a significant impact on your organization through lost revenue, productivity, and morale. This is why clients turn to us. JDG has established an unrivaled reputation for aligning candidates and clients through our consultative, collaborative approach – we never lose sight of the fact that we are accountable for each search engagement. We are performance-driven and like it that way. By combining insight, intuition, creativity, and persistence we identify and deliver the most effective and proven leaders. Our candidates are strategic thinkers and motivated change agents who possess a diversity of experience and business acumen – individuals who will ensure your organization will achieve its immediate and long-term goals and challenges. 

We know that open and ongoing communication with our clients before, during and after the process, allows us to build partnerships, deliver results, and become trusted advisors.  It also allows us to be flexible in our approach and adapt if a client’s needs change during a search. We become an extension of our clients. Our passion, commitment to customer service, and client-centric focus has fueled our success for more than 40 years. 

JDG is proud of its affiliation with:

    • The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
    • The Minority Business Roundtable
    • The Montgomery County Local Small Business Reserve Program
    • The Maryland Recruiters Association
    • The Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE)

Completed Searches



JDG Associates President Surety & Fidelity Association of America

JDG Associates Finds New President for Surety & Fidelity Association of America

Rockville, MD-based search firm JDG Associates has placed J. Lee Covington as the new president of the Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA). Lynn M. Schubert, the group’s current president, announced in December that she would be retiring at the end of this year. Paul Belford, principal at the recruitment firm, led the search. “In the past 22 years,

JDG Associates Seeks President for Surety & Fidelity Association of America

Rockville, MD-based search firm JDG Associates has been selected to find the next president of the Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA). Lynn M. Schubert, the group’s current president, announced in December that she would be retiring at the end of this year. Paul Belford, principal at the recruitment firm, is spearheading the search. Ms.

7 Characteristics of a Great Recruiter

According to a report by talent consultant Kevin Sheridan, 86 percent of executive search firms feel they are doing a good job recruiting, yet only 60 percent of candidates report having a positive experience during the recruiting process with them. Mr. Sheridan is an internationally-recognized keynote speaker, a New York Times best-selling author and a sought-after voice

JDG Associates Places CIO and CTO at Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

In the U.S., public sector pensions are offered by federal, state and local levels of government. They are available to most, but not all, public sector employees. The field has been about as robust for executive recruiters as any other related sector within financial services. Rockville, MD-headquartered executive search firm JDG Associates recently recruited Sean McCaffrey as chief investment officer and Vijay Desai as chief

JDG Associates Leading CEO Search for Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

Executive search firm JDG Associates has been selected by the Schaumburg, IL-based Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) to find its next president and CEO. Principal Paul Belford is leading the assignment. The position is described as an opportunity to lead a financially sound organization in the construction industry that is highly regarded for the strength of its research and


JDG Completes Director of Membership Search for AACC

ROCKVILLE, MD, January 4, 2017 — JDG Associates and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) are pleased to announce the selection of Melanie Gibson as AACC’s Director of Membership Development. In this role, Ms. Gibson will develop new domestic and international membership markets and implement campaigns to expand AACC’s member base of laboratory professionals. She will oversee department

JDG Completes Deputy Director of Science and Technology Search for NETL

ROCKVILLE, MD, December 14, 2016 — JDG and the National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Randall Gentry as NETL’s new Deputy Director of Science and Technology. Dr. Gentry works to build upon the success of NETL’s collaborations with DOE on strategic initiatives like the Annual Laboratory Plan, and the Fossil Energy Roadmap and

PPTA Medical Director Search Completed

ROCKVILLE, MD, November 8, 2016 — JDG and the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) are pleased to announce the appointment of Larisa Cervenakova, MD, Ph.D., as Medical Director for PPTA. In this role, Dr. Cervenakova will provide medical and scientific guidance to staff and industry stakeholders on maintaining the health and safety of plasma donors, expanding the

JDG Completes COO Search for DOE’s National Energy Technology Lab

ROCKVILLE, MD, October 31, 2016 — JDG and NETL are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Linda Kimberling as its new Deputy Director and COO. She provides strategic direction, leadership, and management of NETL’s support functions and services. Dr. Kimberling manages a comprehensive, fully integrated program of laboratory support operations and services including safe and secure

JDG to Commence VP of Facilities and Security Search for Montgomery College

ROCKVILLE, MD, September 9, 2016 — Founded in 1946, Montgomery College is a two-year public multi-campus institution that serves nearly 60,000 students a year in geographically-dispersed and diverse locations (Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Maryland). The Office of Facilities and Security (OFS) is committed to advancing and promoting student success at Montgomery College by providing the