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Today is National Nonprofit Day!


August 17 is National Nonprofit Day! The CohenTaylor Team would like to thank all our past and present clients for the consistent dedication, empathy, and enthusiasm they bring to the quality work they do. Nonprofits have a tangibly positive impact on communities, and we would like to express our gratitude to all nonprofits across the country. We acknowledge that your work is important, and not always easy. Let’s remember to celebrate nonprofit organizations every day.




CohenTaylor is Thrilled to Introduce Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s New Executive Director: Cynthia Cashman!

Before joining the team at Minnesota State Fair Foundation, Cynthia Cashman served as the Chief Development Officer at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) from 2004-2017. She has a long history of experience in the nonprofit sector, including higher education, previously holding positions at Hamline University, YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis and the Minnesota Medical Foundation. Cashman’s new position at Minnesota State Fair Foundation began this past week on August 7th.


CohenTaylor hosts Kris Kewitsch to discuss new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit!

CohenTaylor hosted Kris Kewitsch of Charities Review Council ( at its weekly team meeting this past week. Kris introduced the Council’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion toolkit to our search consultants. Looking forward to introducing this very affordable tool to our clients and using it as a search firm!


On behalf of our client YWCA Minneapolis, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Chief Development Officer!

YWCA Minneapolis is a trusted social justice organization with a 125-year history of advocacy for women and children. Serving more than 30,000 people in our community every year through award-winning programs, YWCA Minneapolis stands for a fully inclusive community in which each person is healthy and valued. Through bold and effective women’s leadership, YWCA Minneapolis promotes and sustains racial justice, gender equality, and equity and human dignity.

To continue carrying out this mission fully and successfully, YWCA Minneapolis is seeking to fill the Chief Development Officer position with a dynamic team member who exhibits natural entrepreneurship, solid operational sense, the ability to coach and build relationships, and passionate enthusiasm for our mission. The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for advancing the finances and mission of the entire organization. They will be a key partner in developing the organization’s strategic imperatives, thus fostering a culture of philanthropy, and assuring implementation of strategies to develop donor contributions to support the organization.

All candidates must have a passion for YWCA Minneapolis’ mission, demonstrated effectiveness as a leader and an ability to bring innovation to the YWCA Minneapolis’ fundraising efforts. All candidates must also be highly organized, self-motivated, and able to manage complex projects, competing priorities and tight deadlines. A Bachelor’s degree is required, a Master’s degree is preferred, with at least 10 years’ experience in nonprofit development or business development.


For more information, please inquire at . All inquiries will remain confidential. We invite you to use the following link to access the full position profile: YWCA Minneapolis- CDO Position



CohenTaylor is Thrilled to Introduce Breck School’s New Director of Advancement: Heather Miller-Shiell!

Heather Miller-Shiell has twenty one years of leadership experience in nonprofit management, fund development, and strategic planning. Miller-Shiell’s mission driven approach and passion for social justice make her a wonderful fit for Breck School. She previously served as Vice President Of Development
at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities for almost three years. Her new position as Director of Advancement will begin on August 7th.


On behalf of our client ADLER GRADUATE SCHOOL, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its PRESIDENT

Adler Graduate School


The Organization’s History
The Adler Graduate School has a distinguished history in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area and region. Through the encouragement and support of internationally known psychiatrist Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, the institution was initially founded in 1967 as the Minnesota Adlerian Society. It began in the Twin Cities as a small movement to present Adlerian concepts to the regional community.

Adlerian Principles
Adlerian psychology/psychotherapy was developed by Alfred Adler (1870-1937). A historically influential psychiatrist, Alfred Adler began focusing the philosophical world’s attention on relatively new ideas in the early 20th century. He believed that it was imperative to become intimately familiar with a person’s social context by exploring factors such as birth order, lifestyle and parent education. Adler believed that each person strives to belong and feel significant. As part of the School of Individual Psychology, this new system focused on the importance of studying the entire individual in the context of a therapeutic milieu.
More information about Adlerian Psychology can be found at:

The Role
The Board of Directors of Adler Graduate School along with faculty, staff, and students is seeking its next President of the School. This new leader will have the opportunity to build a renewed vision for the School’s future, building upon its past success and aligning it with changes in the education marketplace as well as advancements in the field of psychotherapy. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate experience in leadership, change management, the ability to build engagement with multiple stakeholders and a successful history of academic administration.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this role will bring a demonstration of the following attributes:
• Leadership abilities in 4 key dimensions:
o Results Leadership (ability to inspire self and others to perform to established metrics of success)
o Strategic Leadership (conceives, develops and advocates for strategic objectives)
o Relationship Leadership (ability to cultivate relationships internally & externally)
o Change Leadership (drives change in a way that is collaborative and builds alignment)

For more information or to send your credentials, please email
All inquiries will remain confidential. To view the full position description, please click here: Position Profile – Adler Graduate School – President


On behalf of our client AARM, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota

ARRM’s Mission:
ARRM leads the advancement of community-based services supporting people with disabilities to live meaningful lives. ARRM provides leadership to ensure that sufficient resources, market-driven policies and individual protections are developed to realize fulfillment of ARRM’s vision and mission

The Opportunity:
The Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota (ARRM), headquartered in South St. Paul, seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to drive its mission supporting providers of services to people with disabilities. With the support of an informed and active Board of Directors, this CEO provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization, serves as the lead representative for advocacy and promotion of the service industry at the state level and conducts outreach to current and prospective project partners, stakeholders, and the community.

The Ideal Candidate:
• Brings at least five years’ experience leading an organization with proven, successful outcomes. Experience with a trade association or membership organization preferred.
• Demonstrates expertise in advocacy, displaying skills and a successful track record in negotiation and public policy with Minnesota state government legislative and executive branches.
• Possesses excellent leadership and decision-making skills.

Please email credentials to All inquires will remain confidential. For a full description of the profile, please click here: AARM- CEO (Final) 


CohenTaylor Welcomes Shannon Mahedy as our new Project Coordinator!

In the role of project coordinator, Shannon plays a vital part in assisting with multiple projects targeted at providing exceptional customer service to our clients and candidates. 
A recent Macalester College graduate, Shannon has a passion for the economic and personal empowerment of women and girls around the world, as well as a commitment to human rights and health equity. She also has a penchant for photography and writing. 

Welcome to CohenTaylor Shannon, we are excited to have you join us!


On behalf of our client MISSIONS INC. PROGRAMS, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Missions Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a proud history of more than a century of service. With three sites in Plymouth and St. Paul, MN, including the main campus on the north shore of Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN, Missions Inc. provides chemical health, domestic violence and long-term care services through six programs serving nearly 3,000 people each year.
The Role- Missions Inc. seeks a new Executive Director to lead the organization into the future. The primary objective of the position is to provide leadership and direction to the entire organization across all six of its programs, including program oversight, financial management, personnel supervision, resource development, and public relations. This Executive Director will benefit from an experienced and dedicated leadership team, a supportive Board of Directors, a well-defined mission, and a passionate staff. This is an incredible opportunity to assume leadership of a nonprofit organization that has been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years and has a well-earned reputation for excellence.
The ideal candidate for the Executive Director role at Missions Inc. is a leader passionate about social justice, with successful executive experience leading a non-profit into growth. They must demonstrate an ability to develop sound fiscal policies, strong and safe operational processes, and effective fundraising strategies.
In addition, the ideal candidate will:
Have direct experience in creating public/private partnerships to fund a nonprofit organization
  • Be proficient in planning, leading, and championing organizational culture change
 For more information, view the full position profile here: Missions, Inc Executive Director Position
Please email credentials to info@cohentaylor.comAll inquiries are confidential.



CohenTaylor Hosts Successful Art Event

Yesterday evening, CohenTaylor had the honor of hosting local artist Anne Pryor’s very first art show, titled “Lovitude: Visual Blessings Soul Paintings”. The lively evening, full of good food and great people, brightened up an otherwise rainy day. Anne also treated us to a live painting demonstration, showing us her unique artistic process. Guests were able to purchase the beautiful pieces, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Headwaters Foundation. Thank you to Anne, and everyone who came out, for making the event so memorable.

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If you missed the event, but are interested in learning more about Anne’s art, please visit her website or LinkedIn for more information:

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Pictured above (left to right): Max Blackburn, Beau Bye, Katie Erickson, and Rodrick Fields

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Pictured above (left to right): Lindsay Polyak and Chris Cohen

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Pictured above (left to right): Max Blackburn, Beau Bye, and Katie Erickson

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Setting up for the event involved hanging 80 pieces!