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DRiWaterstone Human Capital Announces Doug Trout as Chief Executive Officer

DRiWaterstone Human Capital’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Trout as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective July 1, 2024.

Trout succeeds DRiWaterstone co-founder Jennifer Dunlap, who has served as President and CEO since the organization opened its doors in 2001. Dunlap will continue to serve as an advisor to the CEO and to work with a limited number of clients until her retirement from the organization in January 2025; she will serve on the board of directors as Founder and Vice Chair.

“DRiWaterstone is in excellent hands with Doug Trout,” says Dunlap. “His extensive experience in, and passion for, the nonprofit industry coupled with the relationships he has built throughout his four years as a Senior Consultant and most recently a Managing Director, make Doug the right person to drive the company’s growth and success moving forward. I’m confident that DRiWaterstone, its clients, and its team will thrive under Doug’s leadership.”

Trout joined DRiWaterstone in 2020 and has led the nonprofit search practice since 2022. His practice areas for the company have focused on the clean energy sector, public policy centers, research and cultural institutes, and higher education. Before joining DRiWaterstone, Trout served as Acting President and Executive Vice President at The Montpelier Foundation. Previous roles include Executive Director at the Miller Center Foundation, Director of the Graduate Fellowship Program for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, and Director of Development at the UVa Center for Politics, to name a few. Trout currently sits on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington, DC Chapter, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, and the James Madison University Center for Civic Engagement.

“I am excited about the future of our company and about working with the DRiWaterstone team to grow the organization, and to support the human capital needs of the nonprofit and social impact sectors,” says Trout. “Our two co-founders, Jennifer Dunlap and Nancy Racette, built an incredible company – one that is solely committed to purpose and mission-driven organizations and partnering with them to build high-performance teams. I look forward to continuing that vision and expanding DRiWaterstone’s partnerships in the industry.”

About DRiWaterstone Human Capital

DRiWaterstone Human Capital is a female-founded nonprofit and social impact executive search firm headquartered in the Washington, DC area. Our team of talent management experts has successfully placed over 1,000 exceptional executives since we opened our doors in 2001. We are committed to connecting purpose and mission-driven clients with outstanding candidates who share their dedication to making a positive impact.

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DRiWaterstone Human Capital (DRiW)  is pleased to announce the launch of the search for San Diego Workforce Partnerships' (SDWP) next permanent Chief Executive Officer. Following a competitive RFP process this spring, SDWP’s Joint Personnel Committee selected DRiWaterstone Human Capital to lead the search due to the firm's outstanding record of placing long-term CEOs, local presence in Southern California, and ability to develop a diverse pipeline of executive candidates.

“This is an exciting time for SDWP as we’re preparing to launch a strategic planning process and seeking to hire a permanent CEO to lead this effort, engage our stakeholders, and help chart the organization’s course for the future,” said Kurling Robinson, Workforce Development Board Chairman. “With their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, combined with a solid track record of successful executive placements, DRiWaterstone will be instrumental in selecting the best person for this role with the vision, experience, and passion to guide the Workforce Partnership into a new era of innovation and growth.”

DRiWaterstone is a nationally recognized, women-founded, and led executive search firm that helps purpose— and mission-driven organizations recruit purpose— and mission-driven candidates. Today, DRiW opened the search publicly and seeks qualified candidates or referrals. Interested parties can learn more and apply at driwaterstonehc.com or by emailing BJ Davis, the Senior Consultant leading the search. All applications will be held in confidence.

The successful candidate will have a rich array of experience in the technical aspects of federal regulations and policy, as well as expertise in workforce and community development. Other requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or direct equivalent experience preferred.
  • Ten plus years of experience in policy and program development, personnel management, organization analysis, and budget and finance management.
  • Demonstrated speaking and presentation abilities and exceptional professional and interpersonal communication skills with a sense of urgency and situational awareness.
  • Strong staff leadership abilities with high sensitivity, empathy, and emotional intelligence.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, high attention to detail to ensure accuracy, excellent problem-solving and time management skills.
  • Champions diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and will embrace and celebrate diverse thoughts and community partners.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is a public benefit corporation that provides regional job training. It is overseen by a public-sector Policy Board comprised of elected officials who make funding decisions and a majority private-sector Workforce Development Board, which determines the region’s training needs. Personnel decisions are made by the Joint Personnel Committee, which comprises three of the Policy Board and three of the Workforce Development Board members. The six-person Joint Personnel Committee conducted a national call for search firms and led a thorough review of all proposals received. Of the eleven proposals, they chose two executive search firms to advance to a rigorous interview stage with the committee. DRiWaterstone Human Capital was selected based on its extensive experience placing diverse and tenured candidates in leadership roles.

About the San Diego Workforce Partnership
San Diego Workforce Partnership is a quasi-public, non-profit organization that funds programs, implements initiatives, and brings together key players from County and City governments, and economic, educational, and workforce sectors across the San Diego region. We're part of a national network of nearly 500 Workforce Development Boards, established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In California, we operate under the guidance of the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and serve as the designated workforce board for San Diego County and City. For more information, visit workforce.org.

About DRiWaterstone Human Capital
DRiWaterstone has over 23 years of experience in executive search with an exclusive focus on the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Co-founders Jennifer Dunlap, President and CEO, and Nancy Racette, COO, founded DRiW in 2001 after decades of serving in executive-level roles at leading nonprofits. Over 23 years, DRiW has achieved several milestones including, completing more than 1,000 executive searches, transforming into a nationwide search firm with consultants located on the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest, and establishing a thriving global network of clients and candidates spanning the nonprofit, philanthropic, private sector, and social impact sectors. For more information, visit driwaterstonehc.com.

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