Monthly Archive: April 2018

CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is thrilled to announce the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)’s new Chief Operating Officer, Stephanie Haddad

CEE recently retained CohenTaylor Executive Search Services in a search for its next Chief Operating Officer. CEE is an innovative nonprofit organization that promotes the responsible use of energy and natural resources in Minnesota. After a comprehensive search process, the organization ultimately chose Stephanie Haddad to fill the role.

Stephanie brings over 25 years of skillful and effective nonprofit leadership and management experience to CEE. She is ready to lead this dynamic nonprofit organization into its next phase. Most recently, she served at the Assistant Dean at her alma mater, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Stephanie has held roles at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Longfellow Community Council, Southeast Asian Community Council, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and YouthCARE. Stephanie is an active community member, serving on a variety of boards and volunteering her time to act as a mentor, consultant, and ambassador in many ways. She is currently involved with YouthCARE, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Dartmouth College in volunteer capacities.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Dartmouth College, and her Master of Arts in Advanced Policy Analysis at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. At the Humphrey, she explored Race and Discrimination policy.

Stephanie’s first day at CEE was April 16th, 2018.


CohenTaylor is thrilled to announce CommonBond Communities’ new Executive Vice President of Real Estate, Cecile Bedor

CommonBond Communities, based out of St. Paul Minnesota, recently engaged CohenTaylor Executive Search Services as their partner in a search to fill their EVP of Real Estate role. After a collaborative and comprehensive national search, Cecile Bedor was ultimately selected to fill the role.

The right blend of housing knowledge, strategic thinking, and culture fit was imperative, and Deidre Schmidt, CommonBond’s President and CEO, is confident that Cecile brings these attributes to the table. She noted, “Cecile brings to CommonBond a unique mix of public and private sector experience that will help us to deliver more affordable housing both with government financial support and without it.  She shares our belief that housing is essential to thriving families and a healthy economy in our region.  She knows how we can work together to get things done.”

Cecile’s career spans three decades, and it includes important roles at the City of Saint Paul- where she was the Director of Planning and Economic Development- the Minneapolis Public Library, the National Equity Fund, the Metropolitan Council, and Aeon (then Central Community Housing Trust).

In addition to a varied and successful career, Cecile has raised two children and has also been deeply involved in her community.  Through Board and volunteer service, she’s donated her time and talents to organizations like the Itasca Group, the American Red Cross, Wilderness Inquiry, Hope Community, ULI Minnesota, Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers, University Enterprise Laboratories, and the Greater Minneapolis Chamber. She holds a dual degree in Economics and English Literature from the University of Minnesota and has completed coursework at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Cecile steps into her role on April 16, 2018. CohenTaylor is excited to see Cecile thrive at CommonBond, and we are wishing her success.


On behalf of our client CornerHouse, CohenTaylor is excited to announce an executive search for their next Executive Director

When it comes to advocacy for vulnerable members of our community who have been mistreated, the approach must be intentional and delicate, while simultaneously striving for effectiveness and credibility. CornerHouse achieves this difficult balance by offering hope and healing to young survivors of violence and trauma via sensitive and systematic forensic interviewing techniques, medical exams, and family services.

CornerHouse is an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In its 28th year, CornerHouse provides services to children, adolescents, and vulnerable adults in two locations: Minneapolis and Rogers, Minnesota. CornerHouse also provides high-quality training to professionals regionally, nationally, and internationally.

This dynamic organization is seeking its next Executive Director. The organization is looking for an innovative leader with exceptional strategic vision and planning skills, strong fund development, and the ability to negotiate partnerships among diverse institutions.

The ideal candidate has five to seven years of leadership experience in nonprofit administration or equivalent transferable experience; Experience in victim services, child protection or public health is preferred. A Master’s degree or equivalent in a management, social work, human service, or health related field is preferred.

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

All inquiries will remain confidential.


CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is thrilled to announce Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s new Director of Development, Andrea Fahrenkrug

CohenTaylor Executive Search Services recently partnered with Make-A-Wish Minnesota on a retained search for their next Director of Development. Since 1982, Make-A-Wish Minnesota has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. From its humble beginning, Make-A-Wish Minnesota now grants a wish every 27 hours – making a life-changing impact on not only wish kids, but also families, friends, donors, sponsors and sometimes even entire communities.

Ultimately, Make-A-Wish Minnesota selected Andrea Fahrenkrug to fill the role. Andrea brings over 8 years of major gift experience to the role, specializing in the medical research and grateful patient/client areas of both human and animal health. She also brings over 10 of years of project and program management to the Organization.

Most recently, Andrea held a role at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a Senior Development Officer. In that role, she was responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts. Andrea has also worked with the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Medical Foundation and Boston Scientific Cardiac Rhythm Management.

Andrea received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, and her Master of Management degree from Hamline University.

Andrea’s first day at Make-A-Wish Minnesota was yesterday- April 9th, 2018.


On behalf of our client Tree Trust, CohenTaylor is thrilled to announce an executive search for their next Executive Director

Few youth job prep programs can boast of making a sustained impact on both the environment and the next generation. Tree Trust, founded over 40 years ago, has successfully tackled this dual mission. It seeks to improve the community environment by investing in people. Since 1976, Tree Trust has provided employment training to over 56,000 youth and young adults experiencing barriers to education and employment; and have planted and distributed nearly 475,000 trees and shrubs in partnership with municipalities and volunteers.

The multidimensional organization hosts five JobPrep programs and offers community forestry education and initiatives, while also operating a for-profit landscaping company that directly supports employment training programming and community forestry.

Tree Trust is seeking a visionary and strategic leader for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director will lead with passion and ambition to promote the organization throughout the community, and s/he will serve as an effective advocate for the mission by employing strong communication skills and cultivating both public and private sector partnerships.

The ideal candidate will bring an entrepreneurial edge to drive the creativity and innovation needed to enhance and redirect their current business model. S/he will also bring knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations that are unique to the nonprofit sector.

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

All inquiries will remain confidential.