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!


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.


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!


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!


CONGRATULATIONS Tony Grundhauser and the Minnesota Zoo Foundation!

CohenTaylor would like you to meet the Minnesota Zoo Foundation’s new Executive Director, Tony Grundhauser.  

Tony brings years of experience in fundraising, nature conservancy and land protection to the table as the new Executive Director. In his new role he will lead efforts to secure annual operation, conservation, and capital funds  while working to keep the their mission, to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife, at the forefront.  To see the full press release click here.



Pinky Swear Foundation and CohenTaylor are excited to announce Erica Campbell, as the new Executive Director!

When Campbell  assumes her new role, as Executive Director, she will bring hands-on experience to the Mission and Vision of Pinky Swear Foundation. Through her career, Campbell has gained recognition as an experienced Human Resources, Organizational and Effective leader.   Specializing in developing successful strategic initiatives, managing successful teams, and inspiring transformational change.


Erica Campbell and Pinky Swear Foundation

Visit the Pinky Swear website at


On behalf of our client Breck School, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is excited to be conducting a retained executive search for its DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT!


Breck School is an Episcopal, coeducational, college-preparatory day school enrolling students of diverse backgrounds in grades preschool through twelve. All grades are located on one exceptionally impressive campus less than ten miles west of Minneapolis.  Guided by a dedication to service, a commitment to character education, and a desire to foster responsible stewards of the community and environment, Breck is regarded as one of the finest coeducation day schools in the country.  The strength and health of the school are apparent in virtually every aspect of its operation.

Breck School seeks a Director of Advancement, an individual of outstanding character whose personal and professional skills match the school’s and who will inspire and enable the school to achieve its vision for the future.   Breck School’s Mission: Prepare each student for a college whose culture is compatible with the individual’s needs, interests and abilities.  Help develop each student’s unique talents and potential to excel by nurturing independence and self-worth.  Instill in each student a deep sense of social responsibility.

Breck School seeks a Director of Advancement, an individual of outstanding character whose personal and professional skills match the school’s and who will inspire and enable the school to achieve its vision for the future.  In partnership with the new Head of School and working as a member of the leadership team, the Director and the Advancement team will have full responsibility for donor engagement, solicitation and stewardship and for management of the day-to-day functions in constituent relations.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a seasoned professional with extensive experience in academic or nonprofit development/advancement work. A proven track record of success in a professional environment, with 7+ years of experience and success in leading an effective Advancement team will be critical.  Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.



For more information on the opportunity, please view the position profile.

Please submit your confidential inquiries and documents to