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DRI Announces New Chief of Staff at Opportunity@Work

DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce our placement of the Chief of Staff at Opportunity@Work, a non-profit social enterprise pioneering new ways to connect people to well-paying career opportunities in the contemporary economy.

DRiWaterstone worked with the CEO of Opportunity@Work, the former Obama administration official Byron Auguste, to recruit a Chief of Staff to be a close partner in running the entire organization. The Chief of Staff is charged with leading internal and external communications, coordinating educational institutions and employers across the country, and being a sophisticated thinker capable of synthesizing and executing a range of ideas to achieve the CEO’s vision of work in the 21st century.

Today we congratulate Ellen Ochs on becoming Opportunity@Work’s Chief of Staff. Ellen has more than three decades of professional experience in a multitude of leadership positions at distinguished organizations. Most recently, Ellen served as Director of Special Initiatives for The Brookings Institution’s Centennial Scholar Initiative, where as a senior advisor and member of the management team, she created and managed an international network of public, private and civic thought leaders and urban practitioners and directed public and private convenings. Ellen was also previously the Chief of Staff for the Fannie Mae Corporation, where she worked for six years.

DRi congratulates Ellen and Opportunity@Work – we look forward to seeing their success together.

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DRi is pleased to announce the placement of the Executive Director at the Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA, a unique organization that connects people from India, Spain, and the U.S. to remove barriers to individual empowerment and community health.

DRi worked with VFF USA to recruit an Executive Director to work closely with the Board, staff, Asian-Indian community, and sister organizations in India and Spain to define and implement strategic plans for VFF’s future. The global foundation, composed of three different organizations, sought a dynamic, visionary Executive Director for its U.S. division, to serve as leader, connector, and fundraiser, and to be the face and voice of VFF to foundations, business leaders, and government agencies.

Today we congratulate Andrey Gidaspov on becoming the Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA’s Executive Director. Andrey has extensive experience as a fundraising leader at a wide variety of organizations, including the start-up Humaniq, the American Geosciences Institute, Hostelling International USA, and the American Councils for International Education. In addition to his considerable fundraising record, Andrey also served as a private-sector and government consultant to for-profit companies in the U.S., Asia, and Russia, helping them forge connections with government agencies and secure government contracts. He is well positioned to connect people around the world to serve the Vicente Ferrer Foundation’s mission.

Congratulations to Andrey and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA—we look forward to seeing your success together.

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DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce the placement of a new team of leaders for the Corporate Partnerships team at the Urban Land Institute, one of the world’s most respected and widely-quoted sources of reliable information on urban planning and growth.

ULI’s Corporate Partnerships team builds relationships with major corporations to build multi-stakeholder coalitions for sustainable development initiatives. DRiWaterstone worked with the international organization’s senior leaders to steer the program through a moment of major transition, with concurrent searches for a Senior Vice President, Vice President, and Director of Corporate Partnerships. Collectively the new team is responsible for offering comprehensive account management for a set of prospective and current corporate partners and negotiating, fulfilling, and supporting agreements that lay the groundwork for long-term engagements.

Rebecca Wickline, ULI’s new Senior Vice President, is an accomplished fundraising executive with a record of building and transforming a wide range of fundraising initiatives. In her previous position as Senior Vice President of Development for the National Recreation and Park Association, Rebecca led a 16-person staff, including professional fundraisers and program officers, in a comprehensive multimillion-dollar program. Previously she spent three years as a managing director at Hayes & Associates Fundraising Consulting.

Erin Sloneker, ULI’s new Vice President, was most recently the Director of Sponsorship Sales and Marketing for Major League Baseball, where she led a team of four direct reports and worked with senior leaders to design a strategic plan that tripled corporate revenue.

Jessica Forster, ULI’s new Director of Corporate Partnerships, previously managed marketing and strategic partnerships as a Senior Manager at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction industry trade association with close ties to ULI’s work.

The new team is an exciting addition for the Urban Land Institute. We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to ULI and to Rebecca, Erin, and Jessica. We look forward to seeing the success they achieve together!

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Development Resources, inc. (DRiWaterstone) is pleased to announce the placement of the Director of the Capital Campaign at the National Archives Foundation, the non-profit partner to the National Archives and Records Administration.

DRiWaterstone’s CEO Jennifer Dunlap partnered with the Executive Director of the National Archives Foundation to identify a top-notch fundraising leader to take responsibility for the Foundation’s comprehensive, multi-year $100M We the People campaign. We the People is designed to secure transformational support for the National Archives’ civic education and outreach efforts, making the most valuable documents in the history of the United States accessible and relevant to more of the country’s citizens.

Today we recognize Matt Banks for becoming the National Archives Foundation’s Director of the Capital Campaign. Matt has an accomplished fundraising career in nationally important preservation institutions. Matt most recently served as Senior Director of Development with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he managed 45% of the organization’s fundraising and increased annual revenue from $4.5M to $8M. In his previous position as Vice President of Principal Gifts at the National Park Foundation, Matt worked closely with leadership, Board members, and staff to develop and implement a principal gifts program.

Congratulations to Matt and the National Archives Foundation—we look forward to seeing their success together.

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DRiWaterstone is delighted to announce the placement of the Chief Relationship Officer at Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.

DRiWaterstone worked with Charity Navigator to recruit a Chief Relationship Officer to build the Charity Navigator brand, create awareness and advocacy, and increase support to the organization through all channels. We sought a multi-faceted fundraising leader who could work closely with President & CEO Michael Thatcher to lead engagement with all of the Charity Navigator audiences — funders, individuals, and charities — who are essential to making high-impact philanthropy easier, and lead an integrated fundraising, marketing, and communications program.

Today we congratulate Kevin Scally on becoming Charity Navigator’s Chief Relationship Officer and newest member of its senior leadership team. Kevin brings more than a decade of experience in comprehensive non-profit fundraising as well as expertise in marketing and communications to Charity Navigator. He most recently served as Senior Director, Marketing Infrastructure at Smile Train, where he oversaw marketing technology and the strategic use of data to lead digital marketing campaigns that significantly increased revenue. Kevin was also previously the Annual Fund Marketing Manager at Monmouth University, where he built a digital marketing program that allowed the university to cultivate relationships through highly-targeted messaging. Kevin earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Monmouth University.

Congratulations to Kevin and Charity Navigator – we look forward to seeing their success together!

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DRiWaterstone is delighted to announce the placement of a new team of leaders at Episcopal Relief and Development, a growing international organization that impacts the lives of over 3 million people annually by bringing together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world.

DRiWaterstone began its partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development in 2012, when we assisted the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer in developing a strategic plan that has led the organization to double in size over the last decade. We renewed our partnership to help the growing organization expand its senior team, with concurrent searches for a Director of Campaign, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Institutional Partnerships.

Sherron Carrion, Episcopal Relief & Development’s new Director of Human Resources, is an HR expert with a Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management and more than a decade of experience. Sherron most recently served as Divisional Director of Human Resources at The Salvation Army, where she directed the strategic development, implementation, and maintenance of HR management for the state of New Jersey, working with 950 employees and volunteers.

Emily Bloom, Episcopal Relief & Development’s new Director of Institutional Partnerships, previously served as Senior Director of Business Development at the International Youth Foundation, where she led a seven-person team to grow annual revenue to $22M. She previously worked in new business development in Africa for Chemonics International Inc. and on the management of institutional grants at the Global Fund for Children.

Chad Brinkman, Episcopal Relief & Development’s new Director of Campaign, is no stranger to the non-profit. He has worked in a variety of roles at Episcopal Relief & Development for nine years—as Program Officer for Engagement, Media Officer, and Associate for the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund. Across his tenure, Chad has built relationships across the Episcopal Church that will continue to be critical to the success of the fundraising campaign at Episcopal Relief & Development.

We congratulate Episcopal Relief & Development on its long record of growth and recognize Sherron, Emily, and Chad on their new roles in the organization. We look forward to seeing their success together!

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DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce the placement of a new CEO at Insight Memory Care Center, an adult day health and resource center that defines and delivers best-in-class dementia care to people living with dementia.

DRiWaterstone worked closely with Insight’s Board of Directors to guide the search for a newly-created enterprise-level chief executive role. Board members sought a new CEO at Insight to lead an organizational expansion designed to meet a growing regional need for dementia care, as the number of people living with memory impairment is projected to rise to 90,000 in Northern Virginia alone by 2025. The new CEO was charged with working with the Board to broaden best practices and innovative dementia-specific care and to scale Insight’s geographic footprint.

Today we congratulate Scot Marken on becoming Insight Memory Care Center’s first Chief Executive Officer. Scot has more than two decades of experience leading non- and for-profit organizations and forging relationships between them. Most recently, Scot served as CEO of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, where he formed a task force that tackled issues related to the aging of residents, including early-onset Alzheimer’s. Scot has developed enterprise-level strategic growth plans, led high-performing multi-functional teams, and strengthened fundraising programs across his career.

Insight welcomed Scot at its 35th Anniversary Celebration on June 5, 2019. “Insight’s vision is a community where those affected by Alzheimer’s disease can achieve the highest quality of life,” the organization announced. “Using his expansive skillset, Scot will be actively working to build community partnerships and create connections with key stakeholders that will help Insight reach its strategic goals and serve more in need in the community.”

We congratulate Scot and Insight Memory Care Center -we look forward to seeing their success together.

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DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce the placement of a Vice President of Development at the Global FoodBanking Network, which works to promote a hunger-free future in more than 30 countries around the world.

DRiWaterstone partnered with CEO Lisa Moon to identify a leader to expand a comprehensive fundraising program. The Global FoodBanking Network has seen impressive growth under Lisa’s leadership, and needed someone with the fundraising ability to execute its strategic plan through 2022.

Today we congratulate Vicki Clarke on becoming GFN’s Vice President of Development. For the past ten years, Vicki led a global fundraising team at Heifer International, where she elevated the organization’s role in hunger and food security. Vicki has a depth of experience within international relief organizations that she brings to the Global FoodBanking Network, and sees this role as a natural transition given her experience in the hunger space.

Congratulations to Vicki and the Global FoodBanking Network—we look forward to seeing their success together.

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DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce the placement of the National Director at Report for America, an organization striving to build a new approach to reinvigorating journalism, especially at the local level.

DRiWaterstone partnered with Report for America to design a search for a talented National Director to oversee its critically important program of finding, training, and placing corps reporters at local news agencies across the country. With strong leadership already in place in the form of the organization’s founders, as well as substantial new funding that has allowed a dramatic increase in the number of corps reporters that can be deployed, this search generated a lot of interest and top talent in the field.

Today we congratulate Kimberly Kleman on becoming the new National Director at Report for America. For 16 years, Kimberly was an editor at Consumer Reports magazine, spending 2007 to 2013 as Editor-in-Chief. She then went on to serve as Editor-in-Chief at The American Lawyer for three years. Kimberly will bring her decades of experience to Report for America, leading the organization as it continues to grow.

Congratulations to Kimberly and Report for America – we are excited to see what Kimberly’s leadership will bring to the organization!

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DRiWaterstone is pleased to announce the placement of the Deputy Executive Director and Development Officer at the National Veterans Legal Services Program, a program for millions of veterans and active duty personnel who may need to fight to receive disability benefits to which they are entitled.

These placements were part of a multifaceted search partnership between DRiWaterstone and the National Veterans Legal Services Program. DRiWaterstone worked closely with the Executive Director of NVLSP to find its first Deputy Executive Director to serve as second-in-command of the organization, working on a six-person Executive Leadership team and overseeing operations for a 36-person staff responsible for development, finance, litigation, pro-bono legal work, and training publications. We also collaborated with NVLSP’s development leaders to build a fundraising team responsible for raising $1-2M annually. The Development Officer will help create development systems and play a direct role in donor relations to support NVLSP’s continued growth.

NVLSP’s new Deputy Executive Director, Paul Wright, was awarded the Army Achievement medal for outstanding performance in immigration law and legal assistance. In addition to serving as a lawyer in the armed services, Paul has over 20 years of professional experience in development and finance. In past roles, Paul led acquisitions that redesigned and expanded business at IMPAQ International and acted as interim CEO, CFO, and Board Member at Berkley Policy Associates.

Danielle Graham, NVLSP’s new Development Officer, brings several years of development experience in military and veterans’ organizations. During her tenure as Donor Development Officer at the Marine Corps Association & Foundation, Danielle worked to coordinate fundraising campaigns, create cultivation events, conduct database analyses, and organize donor-facing communications.

NVLSP is excited to add both of these new roles to their team. We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to NVLSP and to Paul and Danielle. We look forward to seeing the success they achieve together.

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