Welcome to What’s Current!

This is a place for us to post current searches and position openings, client news, and our Perspective Blog.

Perspective is a place for community leaders and philanthropists to share best practices, identify priorities and common challenges, and also explore ideas for possible peer to peer collaboration. CohenTaylor is galvanizing thought leaders to help the community to think differently about how we create shared value for society as well as shareholders.

Have an idea to share, a position to fill, or would like to be added to our candidate database? Let us know at info@cohentaylor.com. We look forward to hearing from you.


CohenTaylor Welcomes Shannon Mahedy as our new Project Coordinator!

In the role of project coordinator, Shannon plays a vital part in assisting with multiple projects targeted at providing exceptional customer service to our clients and candidates. 
A recent Macalester College graduate, Shannon has a passion for the economic and personal empowerment of women and girls around the world, as well as a commitment to human rights and health equity. She also has a penchant for photography and writing. 

Welcome to CohenTaylor Shannon, we are excited to have you join us!


On behalf of our client MISSIONS INC. PROGRAMS, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Missions Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a proud history of more than a century of service. With three sites in Plymouth and St. Paul, MN, including the main campus on the north shore of Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN, Missions Inc. provides chemical health, domestic violence and long-term care services through six programs serving nearly 3,000 people each year.
The Role- Missions Inc. seeks a new Executive Director to lead the organization into the future. The primary objective of the position is to provide leadership and direction to the entire organization across all six of its programs, including program oversight, financial management, personnel supervision, resource development, and public relations. This Executive Director will benefit from an experienced and dedicated leadership team, a supportive Board of Directors, a well-defined mission, and a passionate staff. This is an incredible opportunity to assume leadership of a nonprofit organization that has been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years and has a well-earned reputation for excellence.
The ideal candidate for the Executive Director role at Missions Inc. is a leader passionate about social justice, with successful executive experience leading a non-profit into growth. They must demonstrate an ability to develop sound fiscal policies, strong and safe operational processes, and effective fundraising strategies.
In addition, the ideal candidate will:
Have direct experience in creating public/private partnerships to fund a nonprofit organization
  • Be proficient in planning, leading, and championing organizational culture change
For more information, view the full position profile at  Missions Inc. Programs.  
Please email credentials to info@cohentaylor.comAll inquiries are confidential.



CohenTaylor Hosts Successful Art Event

Yesterday evening, CohenTaylor had the honor of hosting local artist Anne Pryor’s very first art show, titled “Lovitude: Visual Blessings Soul Paintings”. The lively evening, full of good food and great people, brightened up an otherwise rainy day. Anne also treated us to a live painting demonstration, showing us her unique artistic process. Guests were able to purchase the beautiful pieces, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Headwaters Foundation. Thank you to Anne, and everyone who came out, for making the event so memorable.

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If you missed the event, but are interested in learning more about Anne’s art, please visit her website or LinkedIn for more information:



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Pictured above (left to right): Max Blackburn, Beau Bye, Katie Erickson, and Rodrick Fields

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Pictured above (left to right): Lindsay Polyak and Chris Cohen

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Pictured above (left to right): Max Blackburn, Beau Bye, and Katie Erickson

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Setting up for the event involved hanging 80 pieces!


Cohen Taylor is honored to be partnering with The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness conducting a retained search for its new Executive Director.


The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness was formed in 1976, to help bring full wilderness protection to the Boundary Waters. Currently, a Friends of the Boundary Waters – Executive Director FINAL  major focus of the organization is to prevent pollution from proposed sulfide mining projects from impacting area waters, cultural resources, human use and enjoyment of the region.

The Executive Director is the public face of the Friends and represents the organization with a multitude of stakeholders including staff, board members, policy makers, members, donors, and the media. The Executive Director provides overall leadership for and management of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The ED is responsible for carrying out the Friends’ mission by ensuring the development, implementation and monitoring of goals, policy and strategic initiatives and by developing sufficient human and financial resources for organizational growth and stability.
The position is located at the organizations Minneapolis headquarters and is responsible for leading the team of 6 staff. The ideal candidate for the Friends is an astute, energetic leader with successful executive experience in a conservation-related organization and demonstrated ability to develop and implement effective advocacy strategies for wilderness protection.

Applicants must possess a five or more years of executive leadership experience in strategic planning, financial and personnel management. The position requires a person of integrity and stature in the environmental community, with a depth of experience and knowledge in conservation advocacy, policy development, grassroots efforts and stakeholder relations and partnerships. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree; a Master’s degree is preferred.


For more in formation on the Fiends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness’

Executive Director opportunity select  Positon Profile.






For more information, please inquire at lindsay@cohentaylor.com.

All inquiries will remain confidential.


CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is hiring a Project Coordinator!

Our recent growth has opened an exciting opportunity for an experienced      Project Coordinator.

The Project Coordinator is a critical member of the CohenTaylor team. In this role, the individual will be responsible for assisting on multiple projects targeted at providing exceptional customer service to our clients and candidates.

The CohenTaylor team represents diverse backgrounds in executive search, nonprofit management, and corporate/business.

To apply, please forward your resume to Beau Bye at Beau@cohentaylor.com


CONGRATULATIONS Tony Grundhauser and the Minnesota Zoo Foundation!

CohenTaylor would like you to meet the Minnesota Zoo Foundation’s new Executive Director, Tony Grundhauser.  

Tony brings years of experience in fundraising, nature conservancy and land protection to the table as the new Executive Director. In his new role he will lead efforts to secure annual operation, conservation, and capital funds  while working to keep the their mission, to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife, at the forefront.  To see the full press release click here.



Pinky Swear Foundation and CohenTaylor are excited to announce Erica Campbell, as the new Executive Director!

When Campbell  assumes her new role, as Executive Director, she will bring hands-on experience to the Mission and Vision of Pinky Swear Foundation. Through her career, Campbell has gained recognition as an experienced Human Resources, Organizational and Effective leader.   Specializing in developing successful strategic initiatives, managing successful teams, and inspiring transformational change.


Erica Campbell and Pinky Swear Foundation

Visit the Pinky Swear website at pinkyswear.org.


CohenTaylor in collaboration with the Minnesota State Fair Foundation announces a retained search for its EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

The Minnesota State Fair began as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming in the region. It became the Minnesota State Fair in 1859, a year after Minnesota was granted statehood. The fair exists to bring together people of all backgrounds to celebrate the best of Minnesota, and to educate and involve everyone by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining, and fun.

CohenTaylor is excited to announce The Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s search for their new Executive Director! The Minnesota State Fair Foundation was created to raise funds for Minnesota State Fair capital and program improvements. The Foundation works to preserve and improve the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and support State Fair.

The Executive Director provides leadership and day-to-day management of The State Fair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary role is to raise private contributions for The Minnesota State Fair. He or she is the Foundation’s liaison to The State Fair management and is charged with meeting fund-raising goals designed to have tangible impact on the State Fair. At the same time, he or she will play a role in the greater community representing the Foundation and advocating for the mission of the State Fair.

The Executive Director of The State Fair Foundation opportunity will require strong leadership skills, passion, and an ability to prioritize amid a myriad of opportunities. Will support the State Fair General Manager and reports to The State Fair Foundation Board of Directors, be responsible for building the base of donors, increasing gifts from existing donors and introducing long-time donors to the possibility of Legacy Giving.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of ten (10) years directly-related, proven comprehensive fundraising or equivalent experience and five to seven (5-7) years of success in a management role. Experience with marketing functions and membership-based donor programs is highly desired. An entrepreneurial, results-driven style and an ability to collaborate both within and outside The Minnesota State Fair and State Fair Foundation are imperative.

Click  to see a full position profile 

If you are interested in The Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s dynamic Executive Director opportunity, send us a confidential inquiry here


On behalf of our client Breck School, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is excited to be conducting a retained executive search for its DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT!


Breck School is an Episcopal, coeducational, college-preparatory day school enrolling students of diverse backgrounds in grades preschool through twelve. All grades are located on one exceptionally impressive campus less than ten miles west of Minneapolis.  Guided by a dedication to service, a commitment to character education, and a desire to foster responsible stewards of the community and environment, Breck is regarded as one of the finest coeducation day schools in the country.  The strength and health of the school are apparent in virtually every aspect of its operation.

Breck School seeks a Director of Advancement, an individual of outstanding character whose personal and professional skills match the school’s and who will inspire and enable the school to achieve its vision for the future.   Breck School’s Mission: Prepare each student for a college whose culture is compatible with the individual’s needs, interests and abilities.  Help develop each student’s unique talents and potential to excel by nurturing independence and self-worth.  Instill in each student a deep sense of social responsibility.

Breck School seeks a Director of Advancement, an individual of outstanding character whose personal and professional skills match the school’s and who will inspire and enable the school to achieve its vision for the future.  In partnership with the new Head of School and working as a member of the leadership team, the Director and the Advancement team will have full responsibility for donor engagement, solicitation and stewardship and for management of the day-to-day functions in constituent relations.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a seasoned professional with extensive experience in academic or nonprofit development/advancement work. A proven track record of success in a professional environment, with 7+ years of experience and success in leading an effective Advancement team will be critical.  Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.

Please submit your confidential inquiries and documents to info@cohentaylor.com.com