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

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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












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

Anna Wasescha

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.

To see West Central Initiative’s full press release click here WCI New President & CEO


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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.


Click here for the full position profile: Pinky Swear Foundation – Executive Director

To apply, please send your resume to All inquiries will remain confidential


This search has been completed! Please continue to visit the CohenTaylor website, FB, LinkedIn and Twitter for current nd upcoming opportunities.

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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.

For more information or to send your credentials, please email

All inquiries will remain confidential.