Monthly Archive: September 2016

Current Search! Project for Pride in Living, CFO


On behalf of our client, Project for Pride in Living, Inc., CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their Chief Financial Officer

Mission: PPL builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services.

The Organization: For more than 40 years, PPL has been a respected “go-to” nonprofit partner known for its work with individuals and for driving results that build stable families and strong communities. PPL’s new three-year strategic plan consolidates their greatest strengths into “Housing with Services” and “Employment Readiness”.

Last year, more than 15,000 people moved into affordable homes, earned higher incomes, improved their academic skills, managed and grew their assets, and gained economic independence thanks to PPL programs and services. PPL began in 1972 as an affordable housing developer, and now owns or manages a portfolio of more than 1,300 units of affordable or supportive housing throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Response to community need has been at the root of PPL’s evolution to its current form, as a robust multi-service agency. In addition to affordable housing and services, PPL offers work readiness and job training programs that focus on helping individuals overcome barriers to employment and job retention. To help break the cycle of poverty, PPL connects children to resources and relationships that will help them succeed through high school graduation. PPL also operates two alternative schools, providing environments that support academics, personal achievement, and workforce readiness.

PPL serves a highly diverse population from four main service sites, two business locations, and over 60 buildings that provide affordable rental housing (many with on-site services and staff). The organization’s annual consolidated operating budget is approximately $43 million, and assets total just under $174 million. PPL employs about 180 full-time staff members.

The Role: Project for Pride in Living (PPL) seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who will provide strategic and operational leadership in the areas of Financial Management, Human Resources and Information Technology Services. Housing with services activities include a significant level of real estate development and residential rental property management. Prior experience in the financial accounting and financing structure issues related to affordable housing development is very important to provide the necessary leadership. Employment readiness depends on multiple revenue sources including contributed income and governmental funding. Knowledge of non-profit accounting, grant management and governmental audit requirements is also very helpful to providing leadership to these activities. As a senior leader reporting directly to the CEO, the CFO will also be part of PPL’s Executive Team, and have significant interaction with the organization’s Board of Directors and other stakeholders.

Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile – CFO Project for Pride In Living


New Search: Angel Foundation, Director of Development

On behalf of our client, Angel Foundation, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for their Director of Development.

The Organization:  Twin Cities-based Angel Foundation provides emergency financial assistance, education and support to local adults with cancer and their families. Since 2001, Angel Foundation has provided more than $6 million in emergency financial assistance and has provided more than 25,000 services to local individuals. When cancer strikes, Angel Foundation offers two programs. Both programs help adults living with cancer and their families gain a level of control over their lives during a time of great uncertainty.

The Mission: Through an innovative and integrated approach of financial assistance, education and support, Angel Foundation helps adults with cancer and their families so that they may live life well, with stability, strength and resilience.

The Role: Since its inception in 2001, Angel Foundation has steadily grown into a mature organization with broad support and a deep impact on the community. Angel Foundation is poised for significant philanthropic growth, which will allow it to expand its work in the community. To lead this effort Angel Foundation seeks an experienced, energetic and positive development professional as its next Director of Development. The new Director of Development has the opportunity to grow and deepen the donor base along with a strong development team. This role will focus primarily on growing the base of individual donors, with a secondary focus on foundations and corporate giving. The development operation is primarily local and currently heavily invested in event and third-party fundraising. The Director of Development reports directly to the President, and manages a staff of four.

Click here for the full position profile: position-profile-angel-foundation-director-of-development

To apply: Please send your resume to All inquiries will remain confidential.


Client News! Generation Next announces new Executive Director

Generation Next and CohenTaylor are excited to announce that Michelle Walker, CEO of Saint Paul Public Schools, will be the new Executive Director. CohenTaylor search partners, Chris Cohen, Don Taylor and Katie Erickson, worked diligently with the Generation Next Executive Director search committee, Executive Committee and Leadership Council, and confirmed Ms. Walker’s appointment at a special meeting on August 31.

Walker is a national leader who has extensive cross-sector experience in education strategy and policy including positions in Washington, DC, New York and Saint Paul. She has held leadership positions in Saint Paul Public Schools for the last nine years.

“Michelle has a track record of success in effective cross-sector collaboration, and deep knowledge of education data and best practices,” said Eric Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota and co-chair of the Generation Next Leadership Council. “She is the right leader to accelerate the ambitious efforts of Generation Next: closing the unacceptable achievement and opportunity gaps in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.”

When Walker assumes her new role on October 18, she will bring hands-on experience with Generation Next to the job. For the past three years, Walker has been an active member of the Generation Next Leadership Council, paving the way for many collaborative projects between Saint Paul Public Schools and Generation Next.

“As a first-generation African-American of Caribbean descent, I was raised to believe that education has the power to transform lives,” said Walker. “This has proven true for my family and me, and I am thrilled to lead an organization whose mission is to help all children – regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status – to achieve their highest potential.”

For the full press release, click HERE. Visit the Generation Next website at