Monthly Archive: December 2017

Check out this Star Tribune article on our recently placed candidate, Rev. Curtiss DeYoung!

New CEO of Minnesota Council of Churches a true believer in reconciliation

Curtiss DeYoung’s unlikely track included Washington, D.C., South Africa and Chicago.




On behalf of our client CommonBond Communities, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Executive Vice President of Real Estate

CommonBond Communities

Executive Vice President of Real Estate

Are you energized by agile organizations that employ holistic and time-tested processes to inspire change? Are you looking to join an award-winning team that uses a multi-dimensional approach to disrupt the cycle of poverty? If so, CommonBond Communities could be the right fit for you.

CommonBond Communities (CommonBond) is a nonprofit organization that works continuously to demonstrate that quality affordable housing, combined with rigorous onsite resident support (Advantage Services), can transform lives and communities. CommonBond serves over 11,000 families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities in more than 6,000 affordable rental apartments and townhomes throughout 50 cities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

The organization is currently in search of its next Executive Vice President (EVP) of Real Estate. This role is a senior leadership position at CommonBond, and it offers a unique opportunity to direct all real estate activities at CommonBond, while helping shape the future of the organization. The EVP will join at an exciting time for CommonBond, which under the leadership of a dynamic President/CEO, is growing and diversifying its real estate activities to reduce dependence on government funding, and expand its capital resources to include mission investing sources.

CommonBond is looking for a compelling and visionary leader who will form powerful relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The organization is also looking for a strategic thinker who will promote sustainable growth and advancement. Strong and proven experience in finance, real estate development, asset or portfolio management, or real estate operations is preferred.

For a full position profile, please click here. For more information or to submit your credentials, please email All inquiries will remain confidential.



On behalf of our client Center for Energy and Environment, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Chief Operating Officer

Center for Energy and Environment

Chief Operating Officer

“We have to wake up to the fierce urgency of the now.”

This emphatic reflection on Climate Change from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim expresses the need for direct and pragmatic action. In an era in which conversations about clean energy, energy waste, and climate change are increasing politicized, the Center for Energy and Environment is committed to working towards practical, financially-viable energy efficiency solutions. These solutions are targeted towards everyday consumers, with the goal of benefiting our economy and the environment.

Organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CEE has an annual operating budget of $17M with 134 employees in two Twin Cities locations. Overall, CEE staff work to develop and manage innovative energy efficiency programs, provide loans to residents and small businesses, and conduct research on emerging energy technologies. A couple of key services offered include identifying practical solutions for preventing air leakage and energy loss, and testing home and commercial appliances for effective energy usage. CEE also examines consumer behavioral patterns, through its Human-Building Interaction (HBI) research, to understand how people interact with buildings to consume energy.

CEE fosters a culture of lifelong learning amongst its staff. The organization regularly holds “lunch-&-learns,” in which a conversation on a particular topic is facilitated by an in-house energy efficiency expert. CEE is currently in search of a Chief Operating Officer who will advance its knowledge-based culture based on continuous improvement. To fill this role, CEE seeks a friendly, approachable, responsive, and collaborative professional. Specifically, the organization hopes to find someone who has a strong sense of nonprofit management, strategic finance, HR, and IT. The ideal candidate is a problem-solver and ethical decision-maker, who will be informed by a combination of data, staff input, and sense of organizational history.

For more information or to send your credentials, please email Click here to view the full position profile. All inquiries will remain confidential.


On behalf of our client Make-A-Wish® Minnesota, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Director of Development

Director of Development

“It gave him hope that things will get better” -Parent of Kaleb, 7

Truly transformative organizations can be difficult to find, especially those that create life-changing experiences for kids and their families, often when they are at the lowest point in their lives.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation is famous for its commitment to creating impactful wishes for those who need an extra dose of hope – children with critical illnesses.  Make-A-Wish provides respite from the endless stress of tests, treatments and doctors.  It provides children across the country, and in many parts of the world, with hope for a better and healthier future.  In 1982, Minnesota formed its own chapter of Make-A-Wish, and it now grants a wish every 27 hours.  Serving every community in Minnesota, the organization relies on 650 active volunteers, as well as donors across the state, to make children’s dreams come true.

If the work of Make-A-Wish Minnesota moves and compels you, consider joining the organization as its next Director of Development.  The Director of Development leads the day-to-day fundraising activities of the Foundation, effectively achieving the mission of Make-A-Wish Minnesota, as well as the goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors.  In partnership with the CEO, the Director provides top level leadership to development efforts.  S/he oversees the design and execution of coordinated fundraising strategies that include established special events, but also focus on significantly increasing individual giving and new methods of corporate support.

Consider applying if you have experience with major and planned gifts, and are a results-oriented leader, with excellent communication skills, a commitment to teamwork, and a passion for developing others.

For the full position profile, please click here. For more information or to send your credentials, please email All inquiries will remain confidential.


CohenTaylor is proud to announce YWCA Minneapolis’ new Chief Development Officer, Kari Clark!

Founded in 1891, YWCA Minneapolis is a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.  Its admirable and ambitious mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Given YWCA Minneapolis’ energetic and no-holds-barred approach to justice and empowerment, as well its vibrant new leadership from Luz Maria Frias, the search for the next Chief Development Officer was a challenging, yet compelling, task. YWCA Minneapolis sought a seasoned and mission-driven development professional to help keep the organization moving forward. In partnership with CohenTaylor Executive Search services, they found a great fit for the role- Kari Clark.

With a breadth of development experiences, strong communication skills and a dedicated drive, Kari Clark is a mission-oriented leader who values justice, community and service. A strategic and creative leader, she has successfully engaged talent and optimized opportunity to propel growth and philanthropic results in various organizations throughout her career. Clark thrives on being part of an organization that bends the arch of history towards socio-economic justice.

Career highlights include her role as Director of Principal Gifts at Gustavus Adolphus College and her position at The Foundation for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota as Director of Development.

Clark earned her Bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, and she holds a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law.

Clark began her new position at YWCA Minneapolis, November 27th.


On behalf of our client Twin Cities Medical Society, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Chief Executive Officer!

Chief Executive Officer

The Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) is a physician only, member-driven and grassroots-focused organization. Its mission is to connect, represent, and engage physicians in improving the practice of medicine, policy development, and public health initiatives. TCMS strives to achieve equity in health and well-being in the Twin Cities, and to be the most effective advocate for public policy initiatives important to TCMS member physicians.

The Society works to accomplish its mission, in large part, by engaging physicians in local and national advocacy work around specific public health initiatives. Examples include its efforts to reduce tobacco use through the Physician Advocacy Network, and its initiative to ensure every person’s health care choices are clearly defined and honored, through Honoring Choices Minnesota. Beyond engaging physicians in advocacy work, TCMS strives to support the physical and mental well-being of its members. TCMS is prioritizing Physician Wellness in 2017-2018 by developing a program that supports physicians and medical students, as well as their family members, who are struggling with chemical addiction and mental health issues. Through both physician engagement and support, TCMS hopes to make the Twin Cities one of the best environments in the nation for physicians to live and practice.

TCMS is currently looking to fill their CEO position. This is the perfect time to assume leadership of this impressive community of 4,500 physicians. In this role, you will become part of a legacy of leaders that has allowed the power, passion, and knowledge of this physician community to be channeled into substantial advocacy work, public health initiatives, and overall health equity promotion in the Twin Cities.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Directs programs and activities of the Society to assure objectives are attained and the needs of the membership are met.
  • Executes strategies and policies approved by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee.
  • Serves as a stimulus for innovation and progress of the Society’s strategy and operations.
  • Develops strategies for alternative revenue generation beyond dues revenue such as grants, appropriations, and partnerships.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for preparation of the budget, and furnishes financial reports to the TCMS Executive Committee and Board of Directors on a regular basis.
  • Carries out such duties and responsibilities delegated by the Board President and Executive Committee.
  • Recognizes that his/her primary responsibility is in aiding and assisting the elected officers of the Society, so that their job responsibilities can be performed with maximum of effect and minimum of effort.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience: minimum of 5 years in a leadership or management role
  • Educational background: BA/BS required; Masters preferred
  • Strong and effective communicator, persuasive speaking and writing skills
  • Strong collaborator
  • Visionary
  • Experience in a membership-based organization a plus
  • Has experience working with physician leaders
  • Understands and is highly motivated and committed to health equity
  • Has agility across practices/clinics, hospitals, health plans and 3rd party payers


For more information, please inquire at All inquiries will remain confidential.

For a full position profile, please click here.