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On behalf of our client Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), CohenTaylor is excited to announce an executive search for their Associate Director of Institutional Advancement


Lonely Planet has dubbed it “One of The 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind” (2016). Travelers on TripAdvisor have voted it the twentieth best museum in the nation (2017). The illustrious museum they are referring to is the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)- located in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded just eight years ago, the museum has already left an indelible mark. As the world’s only truly global musical instrument museum, MIM’s collection contains nearly 16,000 instruments from 200 countries and territories, while also boasting instruments from artists such as John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley ®, and Carlos Santana. According to its founder, Robert Ulrich, MIM allows each guest to “hear, see, and feel the powerful and uniting force of music in an entirely new way.”

Ulrich is referring to MIM’s one-of-a-kind immersive guest experience, in which incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances foster an appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures, by showing guests how we innovate, adapt, and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.

The Museum is currently seeking its next Associate Director of Institutional Advancement. Reporting to the Museum’s Executive Director, this fundraising leadership position will be a part of MIM’s senior leadership team.  The Associate Director will be responsible for representing MIM to the museum and cultural community, and for leading its ambitious contributed revenue goals through a comprehensive giving program of annual, major, institutional, and planned giving.  This new Associate Director will be responsible to fundraise both for MIM’s endowment, exhibitions, theater performances, programming, acquisitions, and general operations.

Joining the MIM senior leadership team means advocating for and assisting in achieving long-term sustainability of a premiere cultural destination with a national and international reputation.  As MIM approaches its tenth year of operation, it is an exciting and pivotal moment in the museum’s history. This role presents a unique opportunity for an accomplished fundraising professional to join a world-class organization and exceptionally talented team focused on advancing the mission of MIM for future generations.

To view the full position profile, please 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 Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s new President & CEO, Chris Coleman!

CohenTaylor was honored to partner with TCHFH on this important search, and we are excited to see the valuable contributions Chris will make to the organization.

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CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is thrilled to announce Twin Cities Medical Society’s new CEO, Ruth Parriott

The Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) is a physician only, member-driven and grassroots-focused association that strives to achieve equity in health and well-being in the Twin Cities.

TCMS recently engaged CohenTaylor to find the right fit for its CEO position. The Association sought a leader who would work to ensure that the power, passion, and knowledge of the Twin Cities physician community continued to be channeled into substantial advocacy work, public health initiatives, and overall health equity promotion.

TCMS ultimately selected Ruth Parriott to fill the role. Ruth is a proven leader of change strategies that increase equity and improve health for families and communities, with expertise in building coalitions of diverse stakeholders to collaboratively influence systems, policy and cultural norms. She has a track record of leadership during organizational transformation, providing clear direction and maximizing resources for teams and individuals.

Ruth has previously held roles at the American Cancer Society, The Minneapolis Foundation, and Neighborhood Health Care Network. She is an alum of Hamline University and the University of Minnesota.

Ruth assumed her new role as TCMS’ CEO on April 30th, 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.


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

All inquiries will remain confidential.