We strongly believe that talent is the critical differentiator in our ability to deliver a higher level of strategic thinking, high-caliber ideas, a collaborative work style, and solutions that offer real impact. We apply the same discipline and rigor to developing our own talent that we bring to our clients—and as a result have established a second-to-none team of professionals.
Allen is committed to seeing leaders achieve results. His extensive work with high performing non-profits combined with his deep understanding of how to effect organizational change uniquely enables him to help maximize opportunity for his clients. That list includes: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles), Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and St. Mark’s School.
Prior to joining Development Guild DDI, Allen served as Chief Development Officer for Partners HealthCare, a position he held for nearly 16 years. Over the course of his tenure, he designed the model to provide development services and oversight to the 11 Partners-affiliated hospitals and programs. Earlier in his career, Allen also served in a variety of leadership roles including Senior Vice President for Development and Public Affairs at Massachusetts General Hospital and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bentley College.
Allen is the past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the former president of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) Health Systems Development Network (HSDN). He was also a member of the development leadership committee of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hope Health, and has previously served on the boards of Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay and Spaulding Cape Cod, to name a few.
A resident of Cape Cod, Allen enjoys spending time with his wife Kathy, their children and grandchildren. He can often be found on the golf course, or playing his guitar (rock and blues are his specialty).
Brighid keeps us all on tempo. She brings a unique combination of creativity and discipline to her role as Contracts Manager, as a template wiz, an accomplished musician (fiddle!), and a certified yoga instructor. Brighid also works with clients on both our executive search and fundraising teams.
Joining Development Guild DDI after earning her MBA with a concentration in non-profit management from Simmons College where she was awarded the Scott-Ross Center Fellowship, Brighid plays key roles on both our management and client teams. A passionate advocate for women’s health and human rights, Brighid volunteers for the El Salvador based NGO, FUNDAHMER. Professionally she applies her deep commitment to these issues on behalf of a wide range of clients including Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Outside of work, Brighid can be found playing gigs with her band The Surviving Kenneallys, hiking, cycling, and listening to public radio storytelling.
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Caroline will rise to the challenge. Her dedication to working hard for the benefit of a team began during her days of collegiate tennis playing at Vassar and now fully manifests itself in all her work at Development Guild DDI. Our clients regularly benefit from Caroline’s desire to deliver innovative, problem solving solutions. She serves as a senior member of the firm’s research team and plays a key role in business development and marketing. Her clients include Vassar College, Wheeling Jesuit University, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Year Up.
Caroline hails from southern California and bravely embraces all four seasons here in the Northeast. When not putting her extraordinary project management skills to use, she can be found enjoying all things out of doors. When the weather requires her to remain inside, Caroline cooks for friends and family, reads, listens to NPR podcasts (Serial anyone?), and dotes on her cat, Lucy.
Dan likes to be ahead of the curve. It started as a difficult case of tinkering with expensive electronics when he was young, but it has since become Dan’s strong suit. In order to fix something, one must understand how it works. This is an important mantra for Dan in his role as chief tinkerer at Development Guild DDI. He gets excited about “systems” and “logic,” but his interest really lies in dealing with people. Understanding how something works includes knowing what makes its user tick. So whether working with a client, an executive, or an assistant with a great idea, Dan is committed to developing solutions that enrich peoples’ lives by making their jobs a little easier.
Recently Dan has been dedicating time to Development Guild DDI’s communications programs, especially the digital ones. His dream is to hear a Development Guild DDI advertisement on NPR.
When not helping to find the right app for the job, Dan keeps busy practicing photography, hiking, and spending time with his lovely wife and devilishly cute daughter. Oh, and he also produced and edited an acclaimed feature documentary titled Cape Spin!.
Debbie rocks (and not just to 80’s music)! Since joining Development Guild DDI in 1998, she has served as our rock, putting her insights, analytic powers, compassion, and sense of humor to work guiding the strategic direction of our firm. Debbie has served in several leadership roles prior to becoming our Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration. Bringing more than 20 years of experience to her role, Debbie directs our team in their administrative and management functions, including accounting and finance, human resources, technology, and contracts.
Before joining Development Guild DDI, Debbie was employed at Fine Arts Express, the largest art handler in the nation, for eleven years. Debbie served as Director of Human Resources, overseeing all internal policies and procedures. Debbie is a member of Northeast Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resource Management. She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from Simmons School of Management.
Outside of the office Deb can be found cheering on the Red Sox with her son and daughter, catching up on the stats with sports radio, reading books from independent bookstores (everything else she buys on Amazon!), and counting down the days to her annual summer escape to Long Beach Island on the New Jersey Shore.
You want Erin on your team. The consummate colleague, Erin partners with a variety of clients and their institutional leadership to find the opportunities that will make their fundraising practice most successful. Erin’s portfolio is focused on the day-to-day management of fundraising engagements and the management and outreach of our executive searches. Erin builds meaningful relationships with her clients, a list which includes Regis College, Horizons for Homeless Children, Children’s National Health System, St. Mark’s School, and Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps.
Prior to joining Development Guild DDI, Erin served as Executive Director at CCS Fundraising. Highlights of her tenure include providing fundraising counsel to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to lead it through a successful $20 million capital campaign. Earlier in her career, Erin held development positions at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Joey Fund, where she managed numerous fundraising programs including the GREAT STRIDES walk.
When not partnering with clients, Erin can be found with family and friends – relaxing at the beach, taking cooking classes, running road races – or volunteering as a wish granter with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jackie is a woman of action. She drives both herself and her colleagues to have a direct impact. Jackie’s clients benefit from her passion for making a difference (ignited by her time volunteering in Tanzania), and her business management acumen, honed while working in her family’s printing business. Motivated by the power of change, Jackie works on fundraising and executive search projects blending her masterful customer service skills with her love of data analytics. Her clients include: Beaver Country Day School, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Concord Museum, St. Mark’s School, and WBUR.
An accomplished dancer and proud native Mainer, Jackie can be found on stage or on the coast enjoying both the sand and the snow.
Jamie makes it all add up. As a member of the Development Guild DDI administrative team, Jamie puts her degree in accounting from Bentley University to great use. A huge fan of numbers and details (and the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox!), Jamie approaches her work with dedication to accuracy. Helping us help our clients deliver results and support their constituencies, Jamie is inspired by the big picture, for both Development Guild DDI and our clients.
Her prior experience includes working in the office of her family-owned sports bar and interning in London at Anderson-Ross Chartered Accountants. When not focused on the numbers, Jamie can be found listening to live music, relaxing with her cat Rosie, or reading, preferably on the beaches of Truro, Cape Cod.
Karen’s passion for life (and for Development Guild) is contagious. Both her clients and colleagues benefit from her enthusiasm, fearlessness, and dedication. She holds the bar high, partnering with her clients on fundraising initiatives resulting in transformational impact. Karen is gifted at creating strategies and solving problems alongside leaders determined to deliver on their missions. Her clients include: Greater Boston Food Bank, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Perkins School for the Blind, Pine Street Inn, Planned Parenthood, UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Health Care, and UMass Foundation.
After serving in senior positions at Tufts-New England Medical Center and Boston University, and working on the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Karen joined Development Guild DDI in 1989 to put her entrepreneurial skills to work. She built the foundation of our fundraising practice, designing our initial approaches to comprehensive capital campaign, feasibility study, and assessment processes. Karen continues to innovate and says her inspiration comes from the dedicated leaders she is privileged to work with every day.
Karen is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She is a past faculty member at Radcliffe Seminars and a former Board member of the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. She also served as Vice President of Women in Development, Boston.
Outside the office Karen enjoys cooking for family and friends and working on her travel bucket list with her husband, Ed. In the summer, she spends as much time as possible on the Cape, where she can be found gardening, kayaking, biking, and taking long walks on Cape Cod’s beaches and trails.
Kate brings us all together. As our Director of Staff Development, she manages our internal hiring efforts for both our Boston and New York offices and plays a key role in providing the resources needed to deliver excellence on behalf of our clients. Kate takes an organized yet adaptable approach to her responsibilities, which include performance management, employee relations, training, and professional development of staff.
Kate joined Development Guild DDI in 1999 upon graduating from St. Michael College. Her passion for service and her interest in a human resources career made Development Guild DDI the perfect fit. During her 16 year tenure she has taken on progressively senior roles as a member of our administrative team.
When not on the lookout for our next team member, Kate enjoys spending time with her family in Vermont and New Hampshire, skiing in the winter or swimming in the summer.
Katharine’s curiosity knows no bounds. Whether learning about a new client, engaging candidates, or delving into her love of nature (sharks are currently at the top of her list), she is always looking for new ideas and insights. Katharine specializes in executive search, applying her talent for thoughtful listening to both leading client projects and serving as a senior member of our candidate outreach team. Some of her clients have included: Bancroft School, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Simmons College, Beaver Country Day School, Northeastern University, From the Top, The Carroll Center for the Blind, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, The Salvation Army of Massachusetts and The Perkins School for the Blind.
Prior to Development Guild DDI, Katharine’s professional work focused on arts fundraising, including serving as Assistant Director of Major Gifts at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Katharine studied English literature and Women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts and holds certifications in planned giving and futures and options trading.
Katharine resides on the North Shore of Boston with her husband and two sons. When not enjoying time with them, she can often be found in the garden, pruning one of her rose bushes.
Kelly finds the big picture in the details. Energized by partnering with clients to design customized solutions, Kelly brings deep analytical and technical skills to every engagement. Kelly exercises her project management skills as a member of both our fundraising and executive search teams. Her clients include Barnard College, The Nature Conservancy, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Single Stop USA, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, and the University of Massachusetts Foundation.
Prior to joining Development Guild DDI, Kelly served as a Senior Associate at The Whelan Group where she managed both fundraising and strategic planning projects for a range of nation-wide clients across all sectors. Earlier in her career she worked as an Associate in Syndicated and Leveraged Finance at J.P. Morgan.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Kelly volunteers with ScholarMatch, a college-access organization based in San Francisco. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends over a great meal and running (six marathons completed to date!)
Kieran’s commitment to his clients gives them the confidence to achieve their goals. As Senior Vice President, Kieran brings more than 25 years of experience to his work in partnering with nonprofits to design and implement campaigns, strengthening fundraising programs, and recruit important talent. The insights and energy he brings to both his fundraising and executive search engagements have earned him a dedicated following of clients, including American Red Cross of Greater New York, American Red Cross of Connecticut and Rhode Island, CancerCare, Dominican Foundation, Esperanza Academy, Harlem Children’s Zone, The Price Center, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation.
Prior to joining Development Guild DDI, Kieran served as Executive Vice President at Changing Our World for 13 years. As a Founding Partner and member of its leadership team, he was responsible for designing and implementing successful capital, endowment, and operating programs and campaigns for a diverse array of nonprofit institutions including the Archdiocese of New York, Feeding America and Molloy College.
Earlier in his career, Kieran held the position of Vice President for Development and Alumnae Relations at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he directed the successful completion of the first Capital Campaign in the College’s history. Kieran also spent four years as a senior consultant with the Whelan Group in New York City that included time serving as an interim Vice President for Advancement at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
A graduate of Manhattan College, Kieran serves as a Trustee of Cardinal Spellman High School in Bronx, New York, and the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Fairfield, Connecticut. Outside of work, Kieran can be found spending time with his wife, Katie, and their three children. He’s an avid sports fan, served as basketball coach and Little League coach for both his sons and daughter, and definitely isn’t one to turn down a round of golf.
Laura thrives on embracing the art and the science of recruitment. Her expertise lies in aligning our executive search clients’ organizational growth needs with the experience and ambitions of talented candidates. Since joining Development Guild DDI, Laura has successfully recruited leading talent for such diverse clients as Harvard School of Public Health, Boston University, Brandeis University, Vassar College, Year Up, American University in Cairo, Foundation Fighting Blindness, The Boston Conservatory, Museum of Science, Boston, and Union of Concerned Scientists.
Prior to her tenure with Development Guild DDI, Laura worked with the firms of Cavan Executive Search, Technology Partners Ltd and Heritage Search Partners, recruiting senior professionals for clients such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the National Parkinson Foundation. She graduated from Virginia Tech, and received an M.A in Creative Writing from Hollins University.
Originally from Virginia, Laura resides in New York City and is active in several community organizations dedicated to civic engagement. An accomplished screenwriter, Laura has won awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships, Sloan Foundation, Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Contest, Hampton’s Film Festival, and the Independent Feature Project.
Lisa is inspired by the opportunity to engage potential candidates and build relationships with them. Focused on executive search and specializing in outreach, she enjoys tremendous success recruiting talent for our clients in New York, Boston, and beyond. A select list of her clients includes Boston University, Babson College, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Barnard College, Boston Public Library Foundation, Historic New England, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The MacDowell Colony, University of Utah, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Lisa’s work is informed by 25 years of human resources experience with particular emphasis on recruitment and employment for major nonprofit teaching hospitals and healthcare systems including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Joslin Diabetes Center. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of New Rochelle and a certificate in advanced mediation from the Boston Law Collaborative.
Lisa is a long-time supporter of the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Animals and enjoys volunteer work conducting donor thank you calls. When not spending time with her son or her two adopted cats, Lisa is perfecting her garden.
You can’t keep Lizzie down. Be it a complex fundraising project or a challenging executive search engagement, Lizzie approaches it all with enthusiasm and a smile. Thriving on our team approach and her relationships with colleagues, Lizzie is motivated by the important work of her clients, which include Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Facing History and Ourselves, Pathfinder International, and Samaritans. And when it comes to her hometown of Seattle and her beloved Seahawks, there is no end to her passion.
Lizzie is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she received the Dean of the College’s Award for Leadership and Service. She was also a scholar at the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. Lizzie enjoys travelling, is always on the lookout for a new hobby or activity, and will be more than happy to tell you about her love of South Africa, where she studied abroad.
Lorraine is always on the move. As a member of our executive search and fundraising teams, she keeps her client engagements on pace and on target from start to finish. Lorraine is motivated by the transformative power that the right talent and fundraising strategy have for her clients. That list includes The Nightingale-Bamford School, Children’s National Health System, University of Massachusetts Amherst, American Red Cross CT/RI, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Camphill Village USA, The Mission Continues, Berkshire Medical Center, Mass Humanities, Cushing Academy, and Melanoma Research Foundation.
Lorraine brings over thirty years of fundraising and consulting experience to her work at Development Guild DDI. She served as Managing Director of Development at Robin Hood Foundation, where she grew and helped manage a team that raised over $112 million annually in support of Robin Hood’s innovative poverty fighting initiatives in New York City. Earlier in her career, Lorraine held leadership positions at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, and Hampshire College.
When not in the office or with a client, Lorraine enjoys spending time with her partner Ted, adventure traveling, cooking, hunting down great food in hole-in-the-wall spots and playing in the outdoors. During quieter times, she loves being a homebody and all things NPR -especially This American Life and Story Corps.
Margaret keeps things moving, whether as a member of our executive search practice or perfecting her salsa dancing technique. Margaret works with our search teams and clients to recruit talented professionals. Inspired by the diversity of our clients’ missions, she adapts to the needs and goals of each client and each search. Margaret has worked with clients such as Boston University, Boston Public Library, and the Boston Children’s Museum.
Margaret is an aspiring urban anthropologist. Her fascination with cities stems from traveling and completing urban planning coursework when she was studying at Tufts University. She can be found outside the office furthering that passion by exploring and reading about new cities while embracing each one’s unique art, culture, music, food, and language.
Maria keeps us all connected. Managing our social media, conference and special events programming, she helps us engage with our national network of clients, candidates, and colleagues. As a member of our executive search team, Maria works to join our clients with talented professionals. Inspired by aligning an individual’s interests and skills with the right mission and opportunity, Maria has worked with a wide range of organizations including Partners In Health, Harvard School of Public Health, The Union of Concerned Scientists, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harlem Children’s Zone, the American Red Cross, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay.
A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in both Geography and International Relations, Maria is passionate about international development and global health issues and enjoys traveling. When not in the office (or out of town), she can be found cheering for her beloved Otto the Orange and enjoying live music.
Mary Gene is a force of nature. She never stops in her pursuit of delivering excellence and game changing opportunities for her clients, in her volunteer work, and seeking outdoor adventure. Committed to advancing the work of mission-oriented institutions, Mary Gene provides organizational assessment, planning and execution of executive search projects. Her recent clients include: Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, Mount Sinai Health System, UMass Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Preparatory School, Sacred Heart School Atherton, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, and Smith College.
Prior to joining Development Guild DDI, Mary Gene held fundraising positions at Pingree School, Emmanuel College, and Babson College. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College where she is an active member of the Council for Women of Boston College.
Mary Gene’s nonprofit volunteer work includes Special Olympics of Massachusetts, Edesia Global Nutrition Systems and various mentoring programs for students of Boston College. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Melmark, Inc. Passionate about family and fitness, she is the mother of three girls and a certified fitness professional. When relaxing, she can be found on or near the ocean, or brushing up on her painting skills.
Pam brings art to our science. She builds client trust and confidence right out of the gate. A born problem-solver and a thoughtful listener, Pam applies her talent for strategic insights to both her fundraising and executive search engagements. Pam’s clients benefit from her skilled understanding of organizational culture, her capacity for identifying talent, and her dedicated ability to assess each client’s unique needs and opportunities. She brings a passion for helping her clients succeed and an even-keeled approach to all her work. Pam’s clients have included Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Massachusetts Boston, Alzheimer’s Association, The Boston Conservatory, WBUR, and West Point Association of Graduates.
Prior to joining Development Guild DDI, Pam worked at the Arthritis Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter as Director of Special Events. She earned her degree in sociology from Boston College.
Born in Washington, raised in Arizona, Korea, and Oregon, Pam has a thirst for cultural knowledge which translates into a love for adventure, travel, and food! Avid about the arts (photography is her medium of choice), you just might find yourself in the focus of her lens.
Rebecca is passionate about people. She puts her desire to connect clients and candidates to work as our Director of Research. Rebecca identifies new candidates through research and sourcing, engages them during outreach, and builds long-term relationships with both candidates and clients such as Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Boston University, BELL, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and Year Up. Rebecca has also played a significant role in growing our conference program and served as a co-chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Major Gift and Roundtable Conference Planning Committees.
Prior to joining Development Guild DDI, Rebecca worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts. She also spent a year in service with the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps in San Diego. Rebecca holds a M.B.A. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a B.S. from Cornell University.
When not pairing our clients with talented candidates, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and participating in any sort of fitness activity.
Building bridges is in Sean’s genes (her great-grandfather was the chief engineer over the George Washington Bridge!). Fueled by her international volunteer and travel experience, Sean’s passion to connect people and ideas runs deep. Sean works on both fundraising and executive search projects all while managing the internal operations of our Manhattan office. Her clients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, PAVE Academy and Trinity College. Sean’s roots are in New York, but prior to joining our team, her diverse experiences range from living and working in an orphanage for Burmese refugees in rural Thailand to serving as Brand Manager at Strassburger LLC, a high-end purveyor of fine foods; from tutoring refugees to pass their citizenship tests to making music as a concert violinist.
Sean is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she graduated with Highest Distinction and was an Echols Scholar. Outside of the office, you can find her visiting museums and art galleries, scuba diving, helping keep Central Park clean, and dreaming about her next cup of coffee.
Sean is driven by the transformative impact of building philanthropic capacity. A leader in our fundraising and executive search practice, he partners with clients on developing the plans they need to achieve their goals. Sean’s clients include Vassar College, Single Stop USA, The Nature Conservancy, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Wagner College, Partners In Health, Bancroft School, Hebrew Senior Life, The Noguchi Museum, and Mount Sinai Health System.
Sean brings over two decades of experience in the philanthropic sector to Development Guild DDI, including serving as Vice President of Philanthropy for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Previously, as Vice President at CCS Fund Raising, Sean worked with clients such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. During that time he served as campaign counsel to a $750 million campaign for Weill Cornell Medical College.
Sean, a graduate of College of the Holy Cross, has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Washington, D.C. He is also an active speaker whose topics have included “Developing a Fundraising Program” at Harlem Children’s Zone’s Changing the Odds Conference and “Myths and Realities of Securing Eight-figure Gifts” at the 2014 CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement.
Outside of the office, Sean enjoys spending time on Cape Cod with his family, reading cookbooks and medieval history, and seeing live music (he is a semi-retired radio disc jockey).
Segovia’s up-to-the-minute approach helps put her clients (and us) on-trend. Segovia serves a project manager primarily in the areas of campaign planning, feasibility studies, and general fundraising counsel, where her clients benefit from both her analytic mind and her willingness to be creative. Segovia is also our Fundraising Practice Manager, drawing on her client work to incorporate industry trend and knowledge-sharing into our fundraising practice.
Working at two leading social enterprise organizations prior to joining Development Guild DDI (ACCION International and Root Capital) cemented her desire to work on behalf of an array of mission driven organizations, and today Segovia works with clients such as America Achieves, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Blair Academy, Echoing Green, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and Vassar College.
A true cosmopolitan, Segovia has a degree in International Relations from Syracuse University, is proficient in Spanish, and counts Madrid, Nantucket, Ecuador, and currently New York City as home (among others!). She’s always on the lookout for new knowledge, culinary trends, and passport stamps.
Susan is a mainstay of Development Guild DDI. She joined us in 1993 bringing to her first professional position as Assistant to the President a well-worn passport, a degree in art history, and a deep commitment to social justice issues. And she has never left, committing her professional career to working on behalf of over 300 clients including such diverse institutions as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Pine Street Inn, Museum of Science, Boston, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, and Year Up.
In her over two decades, Susan has held several leadership positions and is currently a Senior Vice President of Business Development and a Principal of the firm. Prior to this role, Susan served as Vice President of Executive Search and Research. She received her undergraduate degree from Emmanuel College, and a master’s degree from Boston University.
Susan resides on the North Shore of Boston with her husband Stuart, their three sons, and her sweet corgi. When not coming up with new ways to expand Development Guild DDI’s reach, she can be found trying to master Lebanese cooking, improving her surfing skills, and dancing with her boys to her collection of vinyl. An avid traveler, she is always dreaming about the next adventure.
Suzannah hits the ground running. And skiing. And hiking. And playing tennis. As an active member of our executive search team, Suzannah is quick to move searches along to a successful close, motivated by the impact her clients have on the community. An avid reader of mysteries, Suzannah translates her taste in reading into her work playing a key role in researching (or perhaps it’s investigating?) potential candidates. Suzannah’s clients include Boston University, Children’s National Health System, and North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.
A graduate of Williams College, Suzannah was a member of the alpine ski team, qualifying and racing in the NCAA nationals. She now shares her love for outdoor sports with children as a volunteer for Your Enrichment Services (YES), teaching skiing to young girls.
Entrepreneurship is in Suzi’s DNA. As Development Guild DDI Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Suzi is the architect behind our vision, strategy, and national growth. Her interest in organizational management reaches back to her childhood days where she could be found performing diverse tasks ranging from pipetting to payroll in her parent’s water treatment firm, Heller Labs.
While earning her MBA from Simmons School of Management, Suzi began her consulting work with a focus on financial planning and analysis. She has applied her organizational development perspective and training to the creation of our executive search and planning services. A trusted advisor to leaders, she has successfully completed over 100 senior-level executive searches for clients including The City College of New York, Museum of Science Boston, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Pine Street Inn, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, The Possible Project, and Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
The pursuit of excellence for our clients and expanding opportunities for our staff remains as motivating for Suzi today as when Development Guild DDI first opened its doors.
Calling Boston and New York home, Suzi enjoys spending time in both locations with Bill and their family. In her free time Suzi enjoys reading, walking with friends, dabbling in gardening, and planning her next travel adventure – her most recent one took her to Norway where she had the thrilling experience of viewing the Northern Lights.
Tracy is a natural matchmaker. Her talent for engaging conversations makes her the right partner for both clients and candidates. Tracy oversees our executive search practice, conducts select fundraising engagements, and is on hand to answer our questions about grammar. Clients, candidates, and colleagues alike benefit from her positive approach. Tracy has worked with a wide range of clients, include Beaver Country Day School, Children’s Hospital Trust, Boston, Facing History and Ourselves, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pathfinder International, Boston Public Library Foundation, Phillips Exeter Academy, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Boston Children’s Museum, and Samaritans Inc.
Tracy rejoined Development Guild DDI in 2011 after serving for 7 years as the Director of Philanthropy at Faulkner Hospital. During her tenure there, Tracy served on the Partners Healthcare Recruitment and Engagement Council established to implement best practices to recruit and retain top development professionals for all Partners’ hospitals. Tracy’s career has also included positions at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC.
Tracy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Gettysburg College and is passionate about issues of social justice. She enjoys spending time with her family (including Penny the beagle), gardening, and summers on Cape Cod.
Troy is an agile partner for clients of all sectors, shapes, and sizes. With a combination of experience in fundraising, strategic planning, communications, finance, management, and technology, he is involved in both our fundraising and executive search practices. His clients include New England Baptist Hospital, Bennington College, Beaver Country Day School, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, University of Massachusetts, and CancerCare.
Troy brings more than 15 years of experience from some of the nation’s most successful development offices. He helped to launch the largest capital campaign in U.S. history at Harvard University and supported the first $1 billion campaign for academic medicine in New England at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He also led development efforts for Columbia University’s diabetes center during the historic Illuminating our Future campaign. While managing the major gifts and annual giving teams at Harvard School of Public Health, his work resulted in the largest gift the School had ever received in support of biological sciences.
Troy obtained his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, his master’s degree in management and finance at Harvard University, and pursues ongoing educational opportunities through MITx and Harvard Business School. Troy volunteers his time in support of various organizations including the Anthony Quinn Foundation where he serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Board. He enjoys traveling abroad and spending time exploring the coastline, mountains, and countryside of New England.
Victoria is our Motivator-in-Chief, partnering with clients and with colleagues to keep a fresh perspective on fundraising and achieve ambitious goals. A senior leader at Development Guild DDI and a veteran of the field, Victoria serves as our Executive Vice President and Fundraising Practice Leader designing and directing organizational strategy, fundraising and executive search engagements, with particular focus on campaigns and major gift initiatives, systems design, and the build out of complex fundraising teams and practices.
Through her work, Victoria has crafted well-tested, evidence-based models of return on investment, goals and projections, and business plans. Her clients include Barnard College, Beaver Country Day School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Blair Academy, Children’s Hospital Trust Boston, Children’s National Health System, Echoing Green, Noble and Greenough School, Regis College, thirteen/WNET, University of Massachusetts Boston, Vassar College, WBUR, and Wheaton College.
Victoria first developed her passion and practice in several staff campaign roles where she served as Director of Major Gifts, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Campaign Director, and Vice President for Development and Public Affairs. In these roles, Victoria provided senior staff leadership for three campaigns, large signature fundraising events, Board recruitment and development, and communications.
To varying degrees of success, Victoria attempts to put her Motivator-in-Chief role in motion with her four daughters. Otherwise, she spends her time at her cottage in Maine, skiing, reading, and cooking for her 15-year, 16-member Friday Night Supper club.
New ideas and the power of change are big motivators for Bill. As Development Guild DDI Co-Founder and President (and master change agent), Bill has focused his career on the convergence of strategic planning, philanthropy, and leadership development and the transformational impact it can have on an institution. It is with this perspective he approaches all engagements for clients such as Boston University, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Mount Sinai Health System, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Partners Healthcare, and Year Up.
As a recognized leader in the field of nonprofit leadership and executive search, Bill has served on national and local boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters in history from Boston University, and his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Raised in New Jersey and today calling both Boston and New York home, Bill listens to the Red Sox games while walking in Central Park. With a longstanding commitment to education and mentoring, Bill has worked as a preschool teacher and an Adjunct Professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
When not working with a client, Bill can be found cooking dinner for his wife Suzi, relaxing in Wellfleet with his family, reading non-fiction, complaining about his golf game and always coming up with new ways to make Development Guild DDI better.