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Congratulations to Emily Tracy as Polaris’s new Chief Development Officer

Development Resources inc. (DRiWaterstone) has completed an executive search partnership with Polaris, a Skoll Award-winning anti-human-trafficking organization, and we are excited to announce our placement of Emily Tracy as Polaris’s new Chief Development Officer.

Polaris is a global leader in the fight to eradicate modern slavery. It acts as a catalyst to systematically disrupt the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom, working with government leaders, the world’s leading technology corporations, and local partners to identify, report, and prevent human trafficking in all its forms. Polaris has tripled in size over the last 4 years and created a development department with several major supporters, including Google and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

DRiWaterstone partnered with Polaris to recruit a high-level Chief Development Officer who could oversee innovation in all its public and private revenue streams, designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to grow revenue and to sustainably reach a $15 million annual revenue goal in the coming years. After tapping our networks in the international sector and exploring a diverse range of highly-qualified candidates, we recruited Emily Tracy to become Polaris’s new CDO.

Emily brings 17 years of development experience to Polaris, including leadership roles at Marymount University, Florida Coastal School of Law, PROVAIL, and The Center for Food Safety. Emily most recently served as National Director of Development for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, where she increased the organization’s annual revenue goal and secured multiple 7-figure gifts from high-level donors, including former Second Lady Tipper Gore. In addition to managing comprehensive fundraising programs, including grants, direct mail campaigns, and major gifts, Emily has been a partner to Boards of Directors in numerous organizations and launched a new foundation with the Board at Florida Coastal School of Law.

DRiWaterstone congratulates both Emily and Polaris and looks forward to their continued success.

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“Our appearance on the list reflects our dedication to our clients and our skill at building their capacity. Our goal is to help non-profits grow, thrive, and excel, and the best way to do that is to recruit world-class people to lead their critically important organizations,” said DRiWaterstone’s co-founders Jennifer Dunlap and Nancy Racette. "This recognition is significant because it is based on the recommendations of the non-profit clients who trust us to build, train, and coach their teams. It's a testament to the coordinated suite of leadership development services that we offer to the sector."

Forbes noted in its announcement that “seventy-six percent of hiring managers admit that attracting top talent is their greatest challenge." The stakes of this challenge in the non-profit sector—where DRiWaterstone specializes—are incredibly high.

DRiWaterstone was ranked in Forbes’ “Executive Recruiter” category, encompassing firms that conduct high-level searches for Executive Directors, C-suite executives and Vice Presidents, and Director-level staff.

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