The Minneapolis Foundation Welcomes Ellen Goldberg Luger as Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services

Please join CohenTaylor in congratulating Ellen Goldberg Luger, The Minneapolis Foundation’s new Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services!  It was an honor to partner with The Minneapolis Foundation on this retained search as they continue to do extraordinary work in Philanthropic service.  For The Minneapolis Foundation’s full press release click here       .  Join The Minneapolis Foundation’s mailing list for future updates by joining the mailing list  Email Campaign .


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Please join CohenTaylor in congratulating Anna Wasescha on her new role as President & CEO of West Central Initiative!

West Central Initiative’s New President & CEO

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Anna Wasescha has been named President & CEO of West Central Initiative (WCI) by the WCI Board of Directors, she will officially begin her duties on May 8, 2017.  Together Wasescha and the Board of Directors will lead, direct and manage the organization, guiding WCI’s strategic direction. Wasescha will be WCI’s chief spokesperson and represent the west central region to the greater state of Minnesota.

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Founded in 2003 by Steve and Becky Chepokas in memory of their son, Mitch. Pinky Swear Foundation eases the financial and emotional impacts experienced by children with cancer and their families by providing basic needs support during a very challenging time. Cancer is not a one-day thing. It is hard to imagine what life is like to have a child going through cancer; it affects the whole family. That’s why our programs are so important. We do not limit requests from families, nor discriminate on socioeconomic status. When cancer enters life, the simple, everyday things aren’t so simple anymore.

The Role: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Pinky Swear Foundation’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and development plans. The 5 year strategic goals for Pinky Swear include creating additional family focused events, developing youth leadership opportunities, diversifying fundraising, mobilizing additional volunteers, and growing geographically.

The ED will be thoroughly committed to Pinky Swear Foundation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, business savvy, coaching, and relationship management experience. At least 5 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance – and outcomes – based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth. Non-Profit experience is a plus, but not required.


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On behalf of our client, Minnesota Zoo Foundation, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for its Executive Director.   From its beginning, the Minnesota Zoo has transformed the zoo experience and made significant impact. It has changed people’s perceptions of what a zoo can be. More than 36 million guests have walked through the gates into a world of exotic and rare animals, award winning exhibits, nationally recognized education programs, and leading conservation efforts.

The Role: Under new President John Frawley, The Minnesota Zoo will continue to provide unique exhibits of animals with enriched habitats while offering guests closer and more engaging encounters with nature. The Executive Director of the Foundation will play a critical partnership role with the President by: shaping the vision for outdoor experiences; helping individuals and their families unplug from technology and discover and explore the natural world in a safe environment; addressing shifting attitudes towards zoos by reinforcing their mission to save wildlife; and embracing new ways to engage individual donors and corporate partners to expand a world-class zoo experience. This role will continue to elevate the visibility of an organization that adds immeasurably to Minnesotan’s quality of life.

The Executive Director provides overall leadership and day-to-day management of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization whose primary role is to raise contributed income of behalf of the Minnesota Zoo.   He or she will play a key role in the greater community representing the Foundation and advocating for the mission of the Minnesota Zoo. This role provides for opportunity to be entrepreneurial on behalf of the Foundation—as an effort to continually diversify its sources of revenue.

The Executive Director of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation reports jointly to the Zoo Director/President and the Zoo Foundation Board of Trustees and will serve as a member of the overall leadership team of the Minnesota Zoo.

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New Search – Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Council of Churches


On behalf of our client Minnesota Council of ChurchesCohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their Chief Executive Officer.

The Organization: The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) is a regional, state-level judicatory based council of Christian denominations. Providing significant leadership to the national ecumenical movement, MCC is comprised of twenty-five members, representing the regional governing and administrative bodies of mainline Protestant, Historic Black, Orthodox and Peace church judicatories. Through the Council, member denominations come to know more clearly God’s call to us and to our denominations to live out our faith in community.

The Mission: MCC is a nonprofit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support the ongoing work of the Minnesota Council of Churches. Through its prudent stewardship of memorials, outright contributions and planned gifts, the Foundation provides resources to sustain the Council’s mission across Minnesota.

The Role: The Chief Executive Officer of MCC is responsible to provide for the general oversight and implementation of the purpose of the Council as articulated in the Articles of Incorporation and as interpreted by the Board of Directors. The CEO will provide: Strategic Direction, Constituency Development, Governance, Program Oversight and Development, Staff Oversight and Human Resource Management, Financial Oversight, Facilities Management, Fund Development, Communications and Public Relations.

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UPDATE: Program Officer, Arbor Philanthropy/Better Way Foundation this search has ben completed! Please follow CohenTaylor on our website and social media (FB, LinkedIn and Twitter) for current and upcoming opportunities!

On behalf of our client Arbor Philanthropy, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their Program Officer

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The Organization – Arbor Philanthropy, founded by Gerry and Hanky Rauenhorst, provides support to a network of five independent family foundations with a focus on lasting impact. The Program Officer role is designated to support the Better Way Foundation. A family foundation, rooted in catholic social values, Better Way Foundation invests in systemic, holistic and evidence-based approaches that support the positive development of all children.

The Role – The program officer’s primary responsibilities include working under the direction of senior program staff to support foundation initiatives through researching fields of board interest, identifying potential grantees, soliciting proposals, conducting due diligence, evaluating program effectiveness and project management related to these tasks. The successful candidate will bring specific expertise in the area of early childhood development (ECD). The foundation’s recently approved program strategy reflects a deep commitment to supporting the development and strengthening of comprehensive ECD systems, with particular interest in American Indian country and Tanzania, among other priorities.


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On behalf of our client West Central Initiative, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is excited to be conducting a retained search for its President and CEO!

The Organization: West Central Initiative (WCI) serves as a regional community foundation that unites ideas and resources to help people and communities create a better tomorrow within the economically diverse and dramatically changing nine-county region in west central Minnesota. WCI helps strengthen communities through its leadership, early childhood and workforce development programs, and by providing planning assistance. It offers financing for business start-ups and expansion. And it encourages regional philanthropy through its component and endowment funds.

The Region: The 8,615-square mile nine-county region includes the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. WCI is based in Fergus Falls, which is an attractive rural community of 13,000, located near I-94 on the divide between the great prairie and the Minnesota lakes region. There are 82 incorporated municipalities in the region with one-third of its 225,000 residents residing in its five largest cities: Moorhead (39,091), Fergus Falls (13,295), Alexandria (13,045), Detroit Lakes (8,851) and Morris (5,382).

The Role: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for leading, directing and managing the organization in a manner consistent with the mission and values of WCI and policies established by the Board. Major responsibilities include: Organizational Leadership, Oversight of Management and Operations, Governance (Board and Committee Operations); Regional Engagement; Research; and Philanthropy. Reporting to the President is a talented, professional, and hardworking 14-person staff.

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On behalf of our client Finishing Trades Institute, Upper Midwest (FTI-UM), CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for FTI-UM’s next PRESIDENT!


The Organization: With a state of the art training center, FTI~UM specializes in complete training for Coatings Applicator Specialists, Commercial Painter and Wall Coverers, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, and Glassworkers. Students are afforded comprehensive curriculum and unequaled training, and are taught that acquiring vital, trade specific skills is necessary in securing and maintaining fair wages, health and pension benefits, and favorable working conditions.

The Mission: (FTI~UM) is dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications for contractors in the Upper Midwest. FTI~UM learners include commercial and industrial painters, drywall finishers, glaziers, and glassworkers.

The Role: Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest, located in the Twin Cities suburb of Little Canada, MN, seeks a President. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President’s role has evolved and includes being on the team for the overall vision and management of all aspects of the Institute. In the truly innovative spirit of the organization’s leadership, the Institute is embarking on academic accreditation and building curriculum for an associate’s degree in addition to the technical training provided. This strategy builds a trade’s management pathway for those who wish to extend beyond traditional trades workers roles but wish to stay in the industry.

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CohenTaylor is excited to announce a new search: Great Kids, Inc., Executive Director

On behalf of our client, Great Kids, Inc., CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its Executive Director.


The Organization: Great Kids, Inc. (GKI) is a recognized, international leader in the field of home- based prevention programs for vulnerable families. It is a nonprofit organization specializing in the development of parenting intervention curricula, professional development for practitioners, and program consultation. It is a unique, entrepreneurial, fast-paced, revenue-generated organization utilizing a shared leadership model. GKI develops leading edge, evidence-based Parenting, Attachment, Child Development, and Family Enhancement curricula and the associated certification seminars and trainings for practitioners.

The Mission: GKI’s mission is to partner with programs to reduce family stress and grow essential parenting and life skills, thereby empowering parents to provide their children with a safe, loving home and the inner strengths to reach their highest developmental potential. GKI accomplishes this vision by developing and delivering training, curricula and other tools focused on building the competencies of parents and the professionals who work in programs serving parents and their pre-birth to age five children.

The Role: GKI seeks an Executive Director (ED) to lead this social entrepreneurial business and drive its mission. As a member of the Managing Directors Group, the ED provides strategic direction and leadership for the organization, develops and builds relationships with program partners, conducts outreach to current and prospective project partners and serves as the primary representative for promotion of its industry leading programs and curricula. Responsible for GKI’s financial and operational management, business negotiations, marketing, fiscal integrity, intellectual property oversite, and staff morale, the ED leads strategic alliance-building and promotion efforts to build and secure a sustained organizational financial base. Strong internal and external collaboration with staff, Board, clients and project partners is essential to develop and implement programs aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan. Through leadership, the ED fosters GKI’s mission-driven, strengths-based culture. “Growth Mindset” is fostered and practiced at all levels of the organization.


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