CohenTaylor is Thrilled to Introduce Minnesota Breck School’s New Chief Financial Officer: Ted Forbath!

Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Ted Forbath has long had an aptitude for managing finances. From 1995-2001, Forbath worked for the Walt Disney Company in California, assuming Financial Analyst, Senior Financial Analyst, and Finance and Operations Manager roles during his tenure with the company.

Forbath’s career took a turn in 2001, when he began his position as Director of Finance and Administration at the Episcopal Housing Alliance, Los Angeles, CA. He stayed with the alliance until 2003. In this role, Forbath acted as the fiscal and administrative director of a $5 million economic development and social services agency with 25 major projects and contracts.

Forbath began working with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in 2003.  He’s served as both their Director of Finance (2003 – 2005) and their Chief Financial Officer (2006-present). In his most recent role with the Diocese, Forbath impressively acted as the financial and administrative leader of a 50,000-member diocese with 136 churches, 39 schools, 8,000 students, and 13 institutions across six Southern California counties from Los Angeles to the Arizona border.

Forbath will begin his CFO position at Breck School today, September 15th. Breck School is lucky to have him!




On behalf of our client Theater Latté Da, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Managing Director!


Managing Director

Founded in 1998 by Peter Rothstein and Denise Prosek, Theater Latté Da has thrived on weaving tapestries of engaging, challenging, and often surprising narratives by placing an equal emphasis on music and storytelling. Theater Latté Da (or “TLD”) is entering its 20th season and is now the proud owner of the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. Latté Da has grown from a fledgling organization that staged cabarets into one of the leading theater companies in the Twin Cities. As TLD’s new Managing Director, you would have the opportunity to help advance the trajectory of this innovative and exciting theater.

Theater Latté Da’s Managing Director is responsible for establishing and executing on the organization’s strategic plan in cooperation with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director.  The Managing Director will oversee all business aspects of the company with a primary focus on development and operations. The Managing Director will represent TLD to donors, media, patrons, and the community at large, in conjunction with the Artistic Director.  He/She will be able to clearly articulate the mission, vision, and strategy of the organization to all external constituents. He/she will be responsible for cultivation and development, board relations and governance process, operations, marketing, and financial management.

The ideal candidate will provide strategic leadership with a passion for the arts, specifically musical theater.  He/She will be able to speak and write persuasively about the value and importance of the arts, arts access, outreach, and the programs of Theater Latté Da.

A minimum of 5 years in a leadership or management role, as well as fundraising leadership, are required. A BFA/BA/BS, experience in a nonprofit environment, and demonstrated strategic leadership skills are preferred qualifications. Experience leading a theater or arts organization is a plus.

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

For a full position profile, please click here: Final Position Profile – Theater Latte Da – Managing Director



On behalf of our client True Friends, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next President & CEO!



True Friends is one of the largest non-profit outdoor recreational activity organizations of its kind in the United States, annually serving almost five thousand clients with physical and/or developmental disabilities. The work of True Friends encompasses innovative programs, including camp, respite, therapeutic horseback riding, travel and team building.

With camps near Maple Lake, Annandale, Eden Prairie and Bemidji, True Friends has been serving individuals in Minnesota, and throughout the United States, for five decades. True Friends is the result of two legacy providers coming together. Courage Center Camps and Friendship Ventures partnered together in November 2012 to create a new organization to serve people with disabilities. True Friends envisions a world where experiences and adventures are open to individuals of all abilities. Friends are good, True Friends are better.

Under the direction of the True Friends Operating Board of Directors, the President & CEO is responsible for establishing a strategic plan focused on stabilization and growth, while communicating and implementing the overall mission, vision and direction of the organization. The ideal candidate is a leader with the ability to guide an organization strategically, while building strong community relationships, shoring up existing organizational framework, and cultivating and maintaining partnerships with affiliated organizations and individuals.  Overall, this position is responsible for the management of the organization, which includes operations, finance, human resources, public relations, fundraising and long-range planning.

The ideal candidate will have 10 or more years of executive leadership experience in strategic planning, financial and personnel management.   A bachelor’s degree is required, a master’s degree is preferred.

For a full position profile, please click the link: Position Profile – True Friends

For more information on the position, please inquire at or All inquiries will remain confidential.

For more information on True Friends, visit


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


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!