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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.

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CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is thrilled to announce that Lindsay Polyak and Maggee Nelson have joined the CohenTaylor Team

At the beginning of 2018, CohenTaylor welcomed Lindsay Polyak and Maggee Nelson to the team.

Lindsay Polyak brings 30 years of experience to the CohenTaylor team, spanning HR and organizational redesign, leadership development, change management and retained executive search.   She moved fulltime in the retained search space roughly 6 years ago and has spent the past 4 years leading the non-profit practice for a boutique consulting firm.  Her years of assessing the cultural components of organizations make her uniquely suited to understand quickly the culture and context of an organization and identify leaders who can excel in that culture.   Lindsay is an active member of the local Twin Cities community, serving on the Board of Governors for Opportunity International and the Global Missions Advisory Team for Christ Presbyterian Church. Additionally, she serves as an Executive Board member for the Hopkins Education Foundation and leads the HR committee for the TreeHouse Board of Directors. In addition, she is a trained Social Justice Facilitator for the YWCA. Lindsay received her BA in Marketing and Finance with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Maggee Nelson joins CohenTaylor after serving as a Healthcare Executive Recruiter with DHR International, a top-6, global retained executive search firm. At DHR, Maggee specialized in the healthcare sector with clients ranging from large academic medical centers to multi-billion dollar, not-for-profit health systems to health plans and managed care organizations where she primarily recruited c-suite and physician executives. Maggee began her work in retained executive search in 2015 as a Senior Executive Search Consultant with Chandler Group. Previously, Maggee was a Corporate Recruiter and served in executive search sourcing and support roles within Human Resources at Capella University. At Capella, Maggee specialized in creating strong partnerships with her business leaders and managing the full lifecycle of the recruitment process. With a true passion for results, Maggee is invested in finding the right blend of talent for her clients. Maggee received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Corporate and Community Health Promotion, Physical Education.





On behalf of our client Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, CohenTaylor is thrilled to announce an executive search for their next President & CEO!

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity- President & CEO

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is a shining example of how the right blend of heart and strategy in the nonprofit space can yield astounding results. Grounded in a passion for social change, the Organization seeks to make decent and affordable housing for all people a “matter of conscience.”  Yet, it doesn’t get lost in lofty ambitions; it takes its mission and turns it into measurable action. Its Impact 2020 strategic plan has charted a course to serve 500 families between 2016 and 2020. This sort of results-based work has garnered attention, and in 2017, the Organization was recognized as 1 of 23 “Affiliates of Distinction” out of 1,300+ Habitat for Humanity affiliates worldwide!

There’s no doubt that Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is making moves, and it is only continuing to gain momentum. Such a vibrant organization needs an inspirational and visionary growth leader at the helm.  The Organization is seeking a charismatic and motivational leader to fill its President and CEO role. The ideal candidate will bring a foundation of faith that can be utilized to foster a culture of inclusivity.  As the primary external face and voice of the organization, the President and CEO will lead with passion and authenticity to promote the mission of the Organization.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for affordable housing, along with a fluency and aptitude for issues surrounding community development. Fundraising experience is required, with proven success working with major donors and corporate partners.  In addition, an ability to deliver on the existing strategic plan while retaining a long-term organizational focus is key.  Overall, this leader will be a person of integrity, with proven leadership experience, exemplary business and/or nonprofit management skills, and a strong commitment and dedication to continuing to raise the visibility and impact of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.


To view the full position profile, click here. For more information or to send your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com

All inquiries will remain confidential.



On behalf of our client Hospitality Minnesota, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next President & CEO!

Hospitality Minnesota- President & CEO

Minnesota is regarded as a friendly Midwestern destination, but with the Twin Cities as the helm, the state is emerging as an international travel destination with a cutting edge culinary scene and unique cultural and artistic offerings. In fact, the Wall Street Journal just named Minneapolis as one of the 2018’s top 10 global travel destinations. Minnesota’s $10 billion hospitality industry will only continue to grow, and the industry needs unifying leadership that will support and shape this new phase of growth for Minnesota businesses. Hospitality Minnesota, an association of various Minnesotan hospitality industries, hopes to be at the forefront of this leadership.

Organized as a C Corporation, Hospitality Minnesota provides marketing, industry education and information and legislative and regulatory advocacy across the hospitality industry. It is comprised of the Minnesota Restaurant Association, Minnesota Lodging Association and Minnesota Resort and Campground Association. While each association has its own mission, brand identity, budget, and board of directors, Hospitality Minnesota enjoys commonality of staff and office space.

The Association is seeking an innovative leader for the position of President.  As the primary external face and voice of the organization, the President will lead with passion and ambition to promote the association’s mission throughout the state. With a distinct focus on a renewed member value proposition, the President is responsible for the development of comprehensive plans and programs that meet the needs and trends identified by its members.  The ideal candidate is a dynamic, resilient, and bold leader, with a specific focus on the development of innovative programming that maximizes member return on investment. The Association is looking for someone with innate curiosity to challenge the status quo and explore new ways of doing things to best meet members’ needs.

To view the full position profile, click here. For more information or to send your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com

All inquiries will remain confidential.



On behalf of our client Allina Health, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Executive Director of Development, Mercy Hospital Foundation!

Executive Director of Development, Mercy Hospital Foundation


Mercy Hospital has consistently been ranked among one of the best hospitals in Minnesota; ranked third in the Twin Cities and fifth in the state while being named Best Regional Hospital in a 2017 ranking of U.S. News & World Report. Exceptional healthcare institutions defy norms and expectations by providing state-of-the-art facilities and ground-breaking specialized services to communities. Philanthropy plays a significant role.

The Mercy Hospital Foundation, a part of Allina Health, provides philanthropic support for the operation and strategic priorities of Mercy Hospital. Mercy Hospital is one hospital with two campuses, following a merger in 2017. These combined campuses have delivered top-notch medical care in healing with family-centered environments for more than 50 years in the Twin Cities north metro communities.

Funds raised by the Foundation have contributed to the creation of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital, as well as Cancer patient emergency funds and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. In 2016, the Foundation began a three-year campaign, “Advancing a Legacy of Caring.” Among other goals, this campaign hopes to combine adult inpatient mental health and addiction services onto the Unity campus, and to create Allina Health’s first all private room 40-bed adult mental health unit.

To continue its important work, the Foundation is seeking its next Executive Director of Development. The person filling this role will be the chief fundraiser for the Mercy Hospital Foundation and as part of Allina Health in the North Metro market. This position partners with the CEO and senior leadership of Mercy Hospital, manages a volunteer board of directors and leads a small, yet vibrant team to secure philanthropic revenue.


To view the full position profile, please click here. For more information or to send your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.


On behalf of our client Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) of Minnesota, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement!


Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement- Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota 

Most crucial community nonprofit institutions work hard to maintain operating funds so that they can effectively carry out their stated mission. While contributed funds flow in from a variety of avenues, one steady source in our community is through donor advised and endowed funds at the Catholic Community Foundation.

The Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) collects, grows and distributes funds on behalf of its individual and institutional donors. Their gifts and unrestricted dollars of The Legacy Fund sustain many of the programs that serve our communities. While all grantees are nonprofits whose missions align with Catholic social teaching, the Foundation serves many secular groups and organizations in addition to those with faith-based missions.

The CEO of CCF is  looking for candidates who might consider joining the team as the next Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement. It is an executive-level role and manages a team of development and marketing professionals responsible for: cultivating and stewarding relationships with existing individual donors and institutional partners, cultivating relationships with prospective donors and their professional advisers to establish new funds, and communicating and marketing the vision and value proposition of CCF to the wider community.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with experience in fund development (major/planned gift solicitation), board/volunteer engagement and staff leadership and development.  Candidates may come from traditional nonprofit roles and/or financial services sales. CCF is looking for someone who understands the art and science of a strategic development program to continue on a successful history of asset development.  Candidates must be able to build authentic relationships and a donor service culture that reflects both donor intent and donors’ passion for mission and social values of the Catholic Church. A bachelor’s degree is required, while a master’s, law or business administration degree is preferred.


To view the full position profile, please click here.

For more information or to send your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.




CohenTaylor is thrilled to announce that Adler Graduate School has welcomed Dr. Jeffrey Allen as it’s new President!

Adler Graduate School is thrilled to welcome Dr. Allen as its new President. Dr. Jeffery Allen is a creative leader with extensive background in higher education administration, program development, and leadership. Additionally, Dr. Allen has extensive background in nonprofit management and general business.

Jeff started his career as a social worker and program director. In 2002, he shifted from social work and program direction to higher education leadership. He has held a variety of roles, including faculty member, Dean, Campus Vice President, and College President.  Most recently, Dr. Allen has been consulting in the higher education and business community, with a role in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

Dr. Allen has a PhD. in Education Policy and Administration.  His Doctoral thesis was titled, Human Service Theory in Action: An Applied Model for Community Services, Healthcare, Education, Corrections and Long-Term Care.  His academic career spans responsibilities in enrollment management, program development, accreditation, and faculty engagement.  Additionally, his work in the nonprofit sector provides experience with board governance and problem solving in organizations concerned with mission advancement.

Dr. Allen is curious and driven. He’s a continuous learner and active community volunteer board member. He began his new position at Adler Graduate School this past December.



On behalf of our client Bethel University CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is pleased to conduct a retained executive search for PROGRAM DIRECTOR, DOCTORATE of PHYSICAL THERAPY

Bethel University- Program Director, Doctorate of Physical Therapy

The Role

Bethel University seeks an innovative, experienced leader to serve as the founding Program Director of Bethel’s new Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. The Program Director will lead the design, development, launch and growth of a successful, high-quality Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. The Program Director must be knowledgeable about and responsible for program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, development, and participation in the accreditation process.

The Program Director will have responsibilities to:

  • Oversee and facilitate curriculum development.
  • Manage the lengthy accreditation process to ensure the program can launch as planned.  Participate in yearly accreditation requirements.
  • Identify, recruit, and assist in the hiring of potential candidates for program faculty.
  • Upon program launch, supervise and evaluate fulltime and part-time faculty.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this new role is a strategic, visionary and creative individual who possesses strong personal and professional integrity. Candidates will have the orientation of a builder and bring keen analytical skills, strong attention to detail, an ability to foster collaboration, and an unwavering commitment to the University’s mission and a strong Christian faith commitment

In addition, the successful candidate will: 

  • Bring an understanding of and/or experience with building a new degree program.
  • Familiarity with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and its processes, or experience with an accreditation process.
  • Possess strong team building skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make positive contribution to the development of a culturally diverse and interculturally competent teaching and learning community.
  • Be a storyteller that can become the eyes, ears, and voice of Bethel University as it builds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.
  • Provide management that reflects strong organization skills, problem solving and attention to detail.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Bring an appreciation for Bethel’s mission.
  • Be knowledgeable in adult learning theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate collegiality,
  • Demonstrate superior oral, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Possess a clear understanding and active commitment and educational mission and evangelical Christian vision and mission of the university.

To view the full position profile, please click here. For information or to submit your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.


On behalf of our client Belwin Conservancy, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Executive Director

Belwin Conservancy- Executive Director


The Belwin Conservancy is one of the largest remaining undeveloped tracks of land in the Twin Cities, and is located 15 miles from downtown St. Paul, just a mile from the St. Croix River.

Belwin’s property is incredibly diverse with woods, wetlands, remnant and restored tallgrass prairies, goat prairies, oak savannas, spring-fed streams, marshes, floating bogs, potholes, oak, and maple/basswood forest. Native plant communities found on Belwin property include dry sand-gravel prairie, oak forest, and three types of wetlands, including floodplain forest, seepage meadow, and rich fen. Five animal species and three plant species, considered rare by the Department of Natural Resources have been documented on Belwin property.

Belwin was first established in 1970 as a 225 acres outdoor education center for the St. Paul Public Schools under a unique partnership agreement. This program exists today in essentially the same partnership arrangement. Belwin manages the land and facilities while St. Paul Public Schools provides both the education staff and curriculum.

Belwin is entering an exciting new phase which involves desire to expand and strengthen its existing programs and partnerships, as well as develop new program offerings. This will involve building new support bases and models to fund this program expansion. The focus is on creating and managing uses on its land that both respect wildlife and natural process, and provide environmental learning and recreation to the community it serves, through partnerships and self-created program initiatives. A major initiative is an art and nature program seeking to bring environmental awareness to an audience primarily interested in art. This new initiative is making strides, and a general master plan has been created.

The new Executive Director will be responsible for managing existing programs, growing program offerings, and augmenting funding structures needed for this expansion. Belwin’s endowment and user fees currently cover over half its annual budget. To expand its programs, it will have to grow its fundraising capacity, for both annual and capital needs. While expansion is exciting, Belwin does not want to jeopardize its existing programs or land management.

The Ideal Candidate for Belwin Conservancy’s next leader should be a positive, collaborative leader that can focus on the present while keeping in mind the long-term vision of the organization. He or she should be as comfortable building relationships with large, institutional partners as they are giving a donor a tour of the grounds on a rainy, spring day.

To view the full position profile, please click here. For more information or to send your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.


CohenTaylor is thrilled to see the ways in which our past client, Project for Pride in Living, is expanding its services and continuing the deepen its impact in the Twin Cities Community!

Read more about the organization’s exciting new plans in this Star Tribune Article:



CohenTaylor is proud to announce Pillsbury United Communities’ new President & CEO, Adair Mosley!


Click here to read more about Adair Mosley: