We consider your vision, your organization and the sector.
At CohenTaylor, we're "hands on" professionals, responsible for all the work related to each search. In over 20 years, we've conducted hundreds of nonprofit leadership searches, locally and nationally, in multiple sectors. This experience has given us exceptional insight into the core competencies of effective nonprofit leadership.
We find executive candidates who share your values and mission.
Successful leadership requires more than a diploma, professional certification, or sector experience. We seek out culturally competent candidates, with high emotional intelligence as well as executive management experience. And we evaluate each potential candidate's experience against your required and requested competencies.
We provide guidance for your stakeholders, to achieve consensus around your ideal candidate.
Nonprofit organizations are collaborative by their very nature. And so we work to establish the same type of relationship throughout the search process. We like to say that we "walk along beside you". And you can be sure we'll take the time to understand your goals and represent your organization authentically in the communities we recruit from.
Our principals are among the best-rated recruiters in the social sector. Using understanding, experience, and connections, we find candidates with demonstrated experience who can succeed in driving your organization forward.
We use the same research and recruiting methods as leading private sector recruiters, to find candidates who share your values and belief in your mission. Our process begins with a thorough understanding of your organization's strategic direction. Then – by considering sector trends, market changes, and stakeholder opinion – we gain consensus around desired competencies and required fit.
Behavioral interviewing techniques provide insight into each candidate's experience and abilities, as well as their compatibility with your mission, vision, and values. As a result, our clients have been able to recruit and hire development leaders, reorganize, create new organizational cultures, address merger opportunities, and design and implement new strategic plans.
A wide range of experience and resources makes your search process more efficient and more successful.
We understand your mission, your goals, and the public sector environment.
Chris has been in the search industry since 1997. Since that time, she has built a practice focused on non-profit leadership and fundraising, marketing, sales, management, finance and operations search assignments.
Prior to her career in search, Chris had a successful career in distribution channel management. With Cy DeCosse, Inc., she managed key accounts and helped establish their retail business. At Gartner Group, Chris grew the company's consumer products division through expanded distribution, software developer relationships for co-marketing/branding programs, and key account management. She also managed the Consumer Products Group, responsible for all aspects of the business unit.
Chris earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas and her BA in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, supplemented with studies in Washington D.C., at the University of Erlangen, Germany, and in Salzburg, Austria. Throughout her career Chris has volunteered with numerous community organizations.
Don's thirty-year history as a nonprofit executive has included primary roles in resource development, leadership, and strategic direction for organizations in healthcare, education, human services and organized philanthropy.
Prior to his search career, Don was Vice President of Development and Client Services at The Minneapolis Foundation. His also worked as the VP/Chief Development Officer at Courage Center in Golden Valley; Gift Planning/Major Gifts Director at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota; and Directors of Development for the School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas and the Laura Baker School in Northfield, MN.
Don has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive, with an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and a B.S. in Music Therapy from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN. Don has served as a board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Minnesota Chapter. In 2005 Don was named Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year by AFP, Minnesota Chapter.
Katie Erickson has an extensive background in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. She most recently was a Vice President at Target Corporation where she led the Marketing for Target’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts as well as for the largest business unit (Healthcare and Beauty). In this role, she was also responsible for overseeing the company’s Sustainability strategy as well as the overall health of the Target brand.
Prior to joining Target, Katie was a partner in a small boutique Executive Search firm focusing her efforts on senior level searches in HR, Finance, Marketing and Sales. Katie is recognized for understanding client needs, assessing top talent and building strong relationships with both clients and candidates. As an active member of the community, Katie has served on many non-profit boards including the Minnesota Children’s Museum, Children’s Cancer Research Fund and the Hopkins Education Foundation. Katie attended the University of Minnesota earning a degree in Journalism.
Joel Bergstrom has an extensive background in the non-profit and legal sectors. He joins CohenTaylor after more than seven years as the Development and Communications Director for Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Previously Joel was a Director of Development with the Minnesota Medical Foundation at the University of Minnesota, where he worked on major gift fundraising for diabetes research. Joel has extensive experience in fund development, strategic planning, public speaking, and board development.
Prior to working in the non-profit field, Joel was a litigator in Minnesota at Merchant & Gould and in New York at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Joel is deeply involved in the community. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Western Golf Association / Evans Scholars Foundation and is the National Alumni Chair for the Evans Scholars Program. He has previously served on the boards of the Fund for the Legal Aid Society and the ACLU of Minnesota. A Twin Cities native and current resident of Minneapolis, he received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Colee Bean spent the last ten years working in the trenches of the non-profit space. As the community outreach director for a medium-sized nonprofit and education center, Groves Academy, Colee was responsible for the day-to-day operations, external relations, and communications of a successful and highly sought-after collection of programs. Colee also has experience in higher education and human resources, providing a well-rounded set of skills. A long-time Twin Cities resident, originally from Fargo, ND, Colee’s community involvement has included seven years as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities, and current Vice President of the International Dyslexia Association’s Upper Midwest Branch.
As CohenTaylor’s operations director, Colee is the “glue” of the business and helps keeps things running smoothly and efficiently. Attention to detail, with the ability to keep the big picture in mind, is an important aspect of her role. Colee holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of St. Thomas.
CohenTaylor is comprised of industry experts with a passion for finding talent who share your organization's values and mission. What we do is both a science and an art. Our team uses proven research tools to creatively recruit a diverse set of qualified candidates. However, what looks good on paper may not be great in person. Finding the right cultural fit is as critical as spotting skills and experience. In addition to search, we can help your organization with succession planning, new hire integration, and leadership development.