Specialization: CEO/Presidents, Jewish community organization searches, foundations searches, human service agencies, Transition consulting and succession planning
Education: B.A. Sociology – Boston University, M.S.W. Social Work Community Planning University of Maryland; Hebrew University in Jerusalem – One Year Program
Hobbies: Tennis, Hiking, biking, kayaking, Skiing, Snowshoeing, gardening, playing guitar, being a grandparent
David E. Edell, has dedicated his career to making a difference in the non-profit sector. Following more than a decade in several senior executive positions at UJA-Federation of New York, he co-founded the Development Resource Group (DRG Search) in 1987. From the start, his work with DRG has centered on high-level executive searches for leaders of mission-based organizations who affect positive change in the world.
David is known as a national leader in conducting executive searches for professionals throughout the Jewish community. He has led searches for senior executives at most of the major national organizations, including Birthright Israel Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Hillel International, Leading Edge and the Jewish Funders Network. He has also worked with the boards of Jewish Federations, Community Centers and Jewish Family Service agencies in communities across the country, has been an advisor to many influential Jewish philanthropic foundations and their grantees. He is a founding board member of Leading Edge:Alliance of Excellence in Jewish Leadership, and serves on the Advisory Committee for Hillel U.
As with DRG’s annual client roster, more than half of David’s searches are with non-sectarian nonprofit organizations in the fields of human services, behavioral health, healthcare and education. Among other partnerships over the course of his career, David created a unique relationship with a national child welfare organization and with them conducted over 100 searches for the executives of their member children and family agencies.
In his role as President, David assists all of DRG’s consultants with developing innovative recruitment strategies and is always pushing his team to think differently and creatively, while sharing his strong networks and trusted expertise across the firm. David excels at guiding client conversations from the early stages – helping both volunteer leaders and professionals clearly articulate their vision about what “taking the organization to the next level” really looks like.
A graduate of Boston University, David received his M.S.W. from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and Community Planning. He also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written and lectured extensively on non-profit leadership, hiring trends, professional development, and change management.
Specialization: CEO/President Searches, Education searches, Youth Development searches, Independent School Searches
Education: B.A. History – University of Maryland College Park. Rabbinic Ordination & M.A. – Jewish Theological Seminary
Hobbies: Baking, playing guitar, rooting for the NY Giants, binge watching the West Wing reruns, playing Mahjong
Dara Klarfeld recently became Chief Executive Officer at DRG.
Her executive search practice is extensive and diverse; it includes partnerships with the Elmer A. Henderson School, The Hearing Health Foundation, The Weber School, Prizmah, The JCC Association, The New Teacher Center and UJA-Federation of New York.
Specialization: IDD Organization searches, Healthcare Organization searches, Human Services Organization searches
Education: B.S. Economics – New York University
Hobbies: Avid rower and ICF K1 Kayaker
Since joining DRG David has worked closely with over 100 boards, professionals, search committees and human resource managers to help them smoothly navigate the search process.
Recently, David has turned his focus to working on high-level searches for organizations which serve the Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled community. Additionally, continues to build his work in the world of Voluntary Health, and Human Service organizations. In all his work, David provides expert and ongoing counsel to organizations navigating C-suite transitions.
Prior to joining DRG, David served as a nonprofit executive and board member to arts organizations such as Artists Space, H.T. Dance Company, and The Center for Modern Dance Education. David lives in Connecticut with his wife, a veterinarian, two children, and a menagerie of dogs, cats & rabbits.
Specialization: Human Services searches and Behavioral Health Care searches with concentration on CEO and other C-Suite positions
Education: B.A. French Language and Literature – Smith College
Hobbies: Singing, being a Frost Valley board member, enjoying opera, being with my grandchildren
Mary has an exemplary career spanning more than three decades and hundreds of high-level executive searches. She previously worked as a development professional with both Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Phoenix House.
Her 30-plus years of experience in executive search, which include her role as a partner and nonprofit specialist at two major generalist executive search firms, Lamalie Amrop International and Boyden International, have yielded a wealth of wisdom and unparalleled skill facilitating search committees. During her time with DRG, she has successfully conducted senior level searches for organizations including Institute for Community Living, Little Flower Children & Family Services, and the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
Mary is a native New Yorker and hails from the Upper East Side. When she is not at work or volunteering, she most loves spending time with her eight grandchildren, and the rest of her family.
Specialization:Human Services Organization searches, Healthcare Searches, Environmental Organization searches, CFO Searches.
Education: B.A. Modern Languages & Psychology – Villanova University
Hobbies: Volunteering with social service organizations, golf, paddle tennis, skiing and horseback riding, traveling, music & friends.
At DRG, Sue’s practice focuses on identifying CEOs, CFOs and senior fundraising professionals for organizations in the areas of children and family welfare, Healthcare, and wildlife conservation. Some of Sue’s most recent placements include leadership positions for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, West Side Campaign Against Hunger, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Prior to her work in executive search, Sue spent more than twenty years working in the financial sector ending as VP in Emerging Markets at Goldman Sachs. Sue has volunteered for many organizations, including in the field in Kenya. She serves on the advocacy committee of the Citizens Committee for Children, and has previously served on the board of Boys and Girls Harbor and EMPower.
Sue lives in New York City and East Hampton, when she’s not hard at work she can be found volunteering for causes she cares about.
Specialization: Development and Fundraising searches, CEO searches, Higher Education searches, Environmental Organization searches, Advocacy Organization searches
Education: B.S. Economics – Villanova University, M.G.A – University of Pennsylvania
Hobbies: Volunteering, dance, hiking, skiing, travel, learning and speaking the French and Italian languages
Carmel Napolitano has over 10 years of experience in executive search. Prior to her work in executive search, Carmel spent over 15 years in higher education fundraising at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, giving her expertise in all aspects of fundraising and recruiting fundraising leadership.
Carmel is the former co-chair and lead instructor for the New York Junior League’s Nonprofit Board Clearinghouse (NPBC) course. She also serves on two boards: Women in Development New York, and the Angelica Patient Assistance Program. She also recently joined the New York City Chapter of the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals as a board member.
She is native of the Philadelphia area and currently resides on the Upper East Side. Carmel spends her time seeking out new challenges and adventures including travel, baking, and Zumba.
Specialization: Chief Development Officer searches, CEO searches, Development searches, Jewish Community searches
Education: B.A. Political Science-International Relations – University of Connecticut
Hobbies: Going to drive-in movies, collecting contemporary and modern art, swinging in his hammock, eating ice cream and random acts of kindness
Prior to joining DRG, Steve Goldberg worked at Hadassah and subsequently served as the chief professional responsible for guiding B’nai Jeshurun, one of the nation’s leading progressive synagogues.
At DRG, his search practice has been focused on CEO, CDO, and Senior level fundraising and development searches. He has conducted successful searches for organizations such as Birthright Israel Foundation, The Jewish Agency, and Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Steve also has extensive experience as a key partner and advisor to Boards, Board Presidents, and Executive Committees.
He is a founding member of new Whitney Museum of American Art as well as a frequent supporter of many local New York nonprofits. Steve lives on the Upper West Side and in the Catskills with his longtime husband, Greggor, and their dog, Grover.
Specialization: Development and Fundraising searches, Executive Director searches, Women’s Empowerment and Health Organization searches, Advocacy Organization searches, Arts & Culture Organization searches, Environmental Organization searches.
Education: B.A. Political Science, International Development – Bryn Mawr College
Hobbies: Hiking and kayaking, photography and art gallery exploration
Sara is a runner, mom, and self-proclaimed podcast obsessive who enjoys finding new podcasts for long runs. She dreams of one day thru hiking the PCT.
Specialization: Executive Director & CEO searches, Development & Fundraising searches, COO searches, Youth & Education searches
Education: B.A Sociology – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.P.A Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management – University of Southern California ; M.A. Jewish Communal Service – Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Hobbies: Traveling, baking, running, pilates, reading articles on talent & leadership, watching reruns of The Newsroom and Friday Night Lights
Sarah was recently the first Director of Talent Development at Birthright Israel Foundation where she recruited the very best talent, worked on organizational design and change, and developed institutional culture and professional development curriculum for staff.
Before working at the Foundation, Sarah was the Executive Director and Associate Director at two different sleep-away camps, where staff training, creating a positive work environment, and establishing a focus on education and growth for all campers and staff were her top priorities.
Sarah is based in the Mid-West and enjoys spending time with her 3 kids and husband. Her favorite part of her job is asking candidates questions, getting to know people and learning how their life stories have made them who they are.
Specialization: CTO/COO and technology executive searches, Foundation searches, Arts & Culture Organization searches
Education: B.A. Government – Franklin & Marshall College
Hobbies: Attending the theater and rooting for the New York Knicks
Jordan Haberfield has a 20+ year career in executive search, having run his own firm for 13 years and having spent time leading recruiting teams for numerous global organizations.
Jordan’s deep knowledge and understanding of technology has helped to better integrate solutions that are adaptable to the ever-changing technical landscape and promote long-term growth strategies for his clients. His connections have assisted over 100 clients in building a stronger and more robust technical infrastructure. Jordan also leverages his connections in the arts community to help organizations and foundations identify key talent for leadership and board-level roles.
When not hard at work for his clients, Jordan spends time with his family on the Upper West Side in NYC. He is on the executive board for Franklin & Marshall College Hillel and co-owns a summer musical theater intensive program called Broadway in the Mountains.
Specialization: Finance and Operations
Education: B.S. Accounting – Baruch College, CUNY
Hobbies: Reading new books
Karen previously worked in finance for an IT consulting firm.Karen has deep expertise in organizing companies, their finances, operations and helping to support financial and operational growth.
She has been instrumental in overhauling DRG’s financial structure, and procedures. Karen is the go-to person at DRG for anything operational, and is an important part of DRG’s leadership team in building support for search services.
Karen lives in New York City with her family and enjoys spending weekends catching up with her two sons.
Specialization: Social Services Organization searches
Education: M.A. Public Health, Community Education – University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Hobbies: Leading free-style dance classes and meditation.
Jill Sarah brings over 20 years of experience with nonprofit and government employers to her work of helping DRG build strong relationships and client organizations.
In addition to nonprofit executive search consulting, Jill Sarah’s areas of expertise include workplace mediation and group facilitation. Prior to joining DRG’s team, Jill Sarah worked with senior leaders in healthcare to provide training and dispute resolution services at all organizational levels.
A past Chairperson of the Association for Conflict Resolutions—Workplace Section, Jill Sarah has written and presented extensively on the topic of understanding conflict in nonprofits. Jill Sarah is passionate about helping others to improve efficiencies and create happier more productive work environments.
She personally practices mindful meditation and uses dance to help her stay grounded while living in a busy urban environment.
Specialization: CEO searches, Jewish Community organization searches, Advocacy Organization searches, Fundraising searches and Education searches
Education: B.A. European Literature/ Urban Economics – Brandeis University
Hobbies: Biking, swimming, hiking, travel, cooking, reading, watching movies
Marlene has over two decades of experience and carefully practiced skill in the areas of candidate development and full-cycle international search. Before joining DRG, Marlene was at a top tier search firm specializing in finding executive talent for the for-profit financial services sector and other top Fortune 100 companies.
At DRG, she works closely with associates and consultants to strategically drive each search process and to develop outstanding talent pools specific to the client’s needs and organizational design.
Fluent in German and proficient in French and Hebrew, Marlene is an avid international traveler who grew up on the Swiss-German border and returned to the United States to attend university. Marlene resides on the Upper West Side with her husband and two sons who all like to bike, hike, and camp near Woodstock.
Specialization: Head of School searches, Development searches and Advocacy organizations searches
Education: B.A Psychology – Yeshiva University
Hobbies: Playing/watching sports, reading non-fiction books, running, tutoring.
Tani previously worked as an Associate Researcher in a contingency search firm. At DRG, He is learning as much as he can about organizational strategy and behavior as well as human capital management.
He works closely with DRG’s experienced team of Consultants each day to identify top talent and facilitate a positive candidate experience. Tani has quickly developed his networks and understanding of the education and fundraising sectors by working on searches for the Rockwern Academy, Prizmah Center for Jewish Day Schools, and PJ Library.
When he’s not working, Tani enjoys playing basketball, being a Hebrew tutor and volunteering with local youth.
Specialization: Research, Human Service Organization searches, IDD searches
Education: B.A Psychology St. John’s University
Hobbies: Crocheting, reading fiction novels, going to museums and art exhibits
Elise started her career at DRG as a researcher, and now works with Consultants to identify prospective candidates. She drives the development of outreach strategies and helps to build and maintain the firm’s extensive talent database. She thrives at finding creative solutions to discover talented professional leaders.
She recently studied Psychology at St. John’s University. In her time at DRG she has develop candidate pools for organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Environmental Defense Fund, and Urban Resource Institute.
When she is not at work, Elise loves visiting the countryside and exploring all the museums that New York City has to offer.
Specialization: Research and candidate outreach
Education: B.A. History, Minor: Women’s Studies – SUNY New Paltz
Hobbies: Going to museums, reading history books, going to Broadway shows, volunteering at museums, baking
Allison has experience at multiple nonprofits including the New-York Historical Society, Merchant’s House Museum, and Historic Huguenot Street. In her time working as an intern, she specialized in research for exhibits for the Center for Women’s History. Allison is especially proud of the work she did for HHS, where she developed and conducted research for their new public history tour featuring local women’s history.
During her time in college, she studied History and Women’s Studies. She is excited to be at DRG and contribute important research to the firm in order to find amazing candidates for nonprofit clients, and learn about consulting work.
Allison is native of Long Island and recently moved to Queens, where she is eager to explore and learn about.
Specialization: Managing the DRG Search office, master problem-solver
Education: B.S. Criminal Justice – Florida International University, M.A. International Crime & Justice – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Hobbies: Hanging out with Harvey, her dog; theater and discovering the best latin music places in the city.
Rachel is the go-to person for all DRG team members’ office needs. She helps everyone on the DRG team do the best work and reach their potential, keeping daily office operations running smoothly. Rachel also manages and directs DRG’s internal CRM.
Prior to joining DRG, Rachel worked on operations and risk analysis in her home city of Miami.
Rachel has been a member of the Roundabout Theater Company for two years and most recently joined the Ambassador Council of Generation Roundabout.
Specialization: Digital Media, Content Creation, Social Media, Public Relations and overall Communications.
Education: B.S. International Relations – Universidad Central de Venezuela, M.S. Public Relations & Corporate Communication – New York University.
Hobbies: Spinning, traveling, hiking/camping, learning new languages, books, Star Wars & Harry Potter fandom.
Professional bio: As the Digital Media Manager at DRG, Natascha handles all the digital communications and marketing projects at the firm. Previously, Natascha worked as a Marketing and PR Manager in the amusement industry. As one of the newest member at DRG, Natascha is working with the Consultants to determine KPIS and developing marketing and content strategies to drive conversions.
In her free time, Natascha enjoys the great outdoors, often going for hikes and camping in upstate New York or relaxing at the beach during the summer.
Specialization: Data entry and management.
Education: B.A. Government & Politics Minor: Sociology – St. John’s University (May 2018)
Hobbies: reading books, national music festivals and following politics.
As a Data Associate Keisha is in charge of keeping client data up to date in the new internal CRM system and adding/editing new talent. She understands the need for organized and complete client profiles to assist the consultant in searches.
Keisha was born and raised in Southern California and moved to New York City to pursue her undergraduate degree.