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Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency selects KEES to lead its Interim CEO and Chief Executive Officer Search Efforts

In a significant step towards advancing its strategic goals of enhancing housing affordability, preventing homelessness, and expanding housing options, Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency (LACAHSA) proudly announces the selection of Kistner Eddy Executive Search (KEES) as its executive search consulting partner. KEES will work alongside LACAHSA leadership in spearheading the Spring 2024 Interim CEO search, followed by the Permanent CEO search anticipated to begin in November 2024. Leading the search efforts at the executive search firm, specializing in both the nonprofit and public sectors, will include the KEES team of President and CEO Heather Eddy, Executive Search Manager Yoo-Jin Hong, and Project Manager Megan Taylor.

Los Angeles County, the largest country in the United States, is facing the most significant housing crisis in the region’s history, as hundreds of thousands of residents experience housing instability, are at risk of homelessness and being pushed out of their communities. The Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency (LACAHSA) was born out of the fundamental belief that housing is a human right, regardless of age, race, class, disability, and gender.

In an effort to develop and enhance tools to unlock investment and scale for housing production and preservation of existing affordable housing, and to prevent people from falling into homelessness, a coalition of elected leaders, community organizations, and housing and homelessness experts partnered with multiple stakeholders to pass Senate Bill (SB) 679, which was subsequently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom and officially created LACAHSA. As an independent government agency that has jurisdiction within the County of Los Angeles and is governed by a board composed of 21-voting members and one non-voting member, the long-term vision of the leadership is driving innovative solutions to ensure access to housing all Angelenos can afford.

LACAHSA selected KEES after reviewing several competitive proposals. This choice is a testament to KEES’s commitment to excellence and its ability to align with the goals of LACAHSA. The Interim CEO search is already underway, paving the way for a seamless transition as LACAHSA positions itself for long-term success. The subsequent CEO search slated for a November 2024 timeline, is poised to attract a diverse and talented pool of candidates committed to advancing affordable housing initiatives and making a difference in the lives of residents throughout Los Angeles County.

“I am proud to chair this effort and excited KEES was selected,” said Victor Sanchez, City of Bellflower Council Member and member of the LACAHSA Board. “Working with the LACAHSA Executive Board, chaired by Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, we wanted a firm as innovative as we see the initiative. KEES offers a distinctive perspective and extensive expertise in housing and homelessness, and we’re eager to build on our momentum. Our team is committed to identifying candidates who will advocate for affordable housing solutions and contribute to positive community change.”

“We are honored to work in partnership with the LACAHSA Board to advance the important work to ensure every resident in LA County has access to a safe, stable, and affordable home,” said KEES President and CEO Heather Eddy.

Confidential inquiries, candidate recommendations, and questions concerning this dual search may be addressed to inquiries@kees2success.com.

About the Partners

Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency

The Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency (LACAHSA) was created to make housing more affordable, help people stay in their homes, and increase housing options for people experiencing homelessness. It is a regional organization focused on all of L.A. County and by having leaders from across the county, and a single CEO, it is accountable enough to cut through red tape so we can do more than ever before. To learn more, please visit: www.lacahsa.gov

KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams with dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit KEES. KEES provides services to strengthen leadership teams through Executive Search, Board Coaching, Leadership Development, Human Resources Consulting, Specialty/Interim staffing, and Philanthropy/Fundraising, all with a focus on DEIB and equity lenses. Focusing its partnerships on organizations propelling social change, KEES has partnered with housing-focused missions in 40 states for over 25 years. We believe housing is essential for individuals and communities to thrive. From emergency housing, shelter, supportive and transitional housing, to permanent housing and long-term housing needs, and supportive services related to housing and affordability, KEES is committed to ensuring public and nonprofit partners have diverse and dynamic leadership teams and infrastructure to support success. KEES values the role housing plays in the stability of life, work, and social dynamics. KEES also partners with clients who provide valuable wrap-around services such as food, transportation, employment, and education.

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LACAHSA MEDIA CONTACT:

Lenee Richards (Office of Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell), LRichards@bos.lacounty.gov

KEES MEDIA CONTACT:

Jamie Sheffler, jsheffler@kees2success.com

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy selects Michael Kelley as its first Regional Director of Development, Midwest

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and KEES are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Kelley as its first Regional Director of Development, Midwest. Kelley will hold responsibility for a portfolio of donors and prospects in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Nonprofit executive search firm KEES was appointed to lead the search last fall.

Kelley has secured Major Gifts to support internationally focused think tanks and higher education for more than 16 years. Based in Chicago, IL, he brings a robust understanding of issues that are important to philanthropists interested in the Middle East and international affairs.

In his previous role as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Kelley served as the relationship manager for a range of foundation donors and corporate partners and secured organizational major gift support for key areas of the Council’s work, including the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. As Director of Development at Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a new public-private tech institute led by the University of Illinois System, Kelley built out a new advancement operation and managed over $22M in committed philanthropic support. While at DPI, Kelley managed the fundraising process for a $10M gift from the Pritzker Foundation to launch the Pritzker Tech Talent Labs; he drafted and revised the funding proposal, administered leadership conversations, and worked with DPI staff leads as well as external collaborators to scope out the Tech Talent Lab program goals, partnership agreements, and funding requirements. Prior to DPI, Kelley worked in fundraising at Northwestern University for 12 years; his final role at Northwestern was as Director of Development in support of select top university-level institutes, including the Buffett Institute on Global Affairs.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael to this inaugural Washington Institute Development role in the Midwest,” said Dan Heckelman, National Director of Development of The Washington Institute. “Michael brings an exceptional combination of fundraising experience and knowledge in international affairs, which will benefit The Washington Institute. We would like to officially welcome Michael to the team.”

“My entire career has been centered on building connections with philanthropists who seek to drive knowledge creation and application,” said Kelley. “The Washington Institute’s commitment to researching and advocating policies that benefit American interests in the Middle East resonates deeply with my professional and academic background. I am eager to contribute to the Institute’s impactful work and further its mission in the years to come.”

The Washington Institute competitively selected KEES, a premier executive search firm to spearhead this project. KEES is renowned for its successful placement of remote gift officers in new geographies. A comprehensive search was launched in the Fall of 2023. Kelley was ultimately selected from a passionate and talented pool of finalists. The Washington Institute’s search efforts were led internally by National Director of Development, Dan Heckelman.

Kelley holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in history from the University of Illinois. To additionally note, both history degrees are internationally focused. Kelley has also received a Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations from Northwestern University.

“KEES was delighted to be selected as the search partner of choice for The Washington Institute,” said Laura Weinman, Vice President of KEES. “Collaborating with their dedicated team was truly a pleasure, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Michael on his well-deserved appointment. Congratulations all!”

About the Partners

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is America’s leading research organization devoted exclusively to the study of the Middle East, from Turkey to Yemen and from Morocco to Iran. The Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank with an annual revenue of nearly $17M and is funded solely by American citizens. The Washington Institute’s mission is to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. Since its founding in 1985, The Washington Institute has become a trusted source of expertise for policymakers with a variety of political experiences and perspectives in Washington and around the world. Now more than ever, The Washington Institute’s commitment to research, which then directly impacts U.S. foreign policy, is of paramount importance to people in and around the Middle East. To learn more, please visit www.washingtoninstitute.org.

KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams with dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services, including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and human resources support. For more information, please visit www.kees2success.com.

An expert on partnering with organizations establishing new roles or adding additional geographic representation to their program and donor portfolios, KEES has successfully placed talented executives throughout the country. For client partners including Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Heifer International, The Salvation Army, Planned Parenthood, and others, KEES has helped place a network of talented Major Gift Officers responsible for connecting passionate supporters with organizational missions.

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KEES MEDIA CONTACT:

Jamie Sheffler, jsheffler@kees2success.com

THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE MEDIA CONTACT:

Anna Brown, press@washingtoninstitute.org, (202) 230-9550

KEES Client Partner, Connections for Abused Women and their Children, Names T’Chana Harden as its Finance Director

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC), a Chicago-based nonprofit organization committed to ending domestic violence through a self-help and empowerment approach, has selected T’Chana Harden as its Finance Director effective January 29, 2024. Reporting directly to CAWC’s Executive Director Stephanie Love-Patterson and the Board of Directors’ finance committee, Harden will oversee CAWC’s finance, accounting, and business office operations. Nonprofit executive search firm KEES was appointed to lead the executive search following a previous successful search partnership for a Development Director.

Harden is a results-oriented financial leader with over 14 years of experience in managing financial operations. Before joining CAWC, Harden served as the Assistant Director of Business Operations role at the University of Illinois, Division of Public Safety. Leading the financial and personnel activities for more than 100 employees, she managed all operations, including payroll, and accounting, and conducted the analysis, forecasts, and reports for executive leadership. Throughout her 12+ years at the University of Illinois, T’Chana served in various financial roles in three distinct areas of university operations. Skilled in budget development, grants and compliance, and strategic planning, T’Chana is a results-oriented leader who ensures efficiency and compliance with organizational policies.

“Our team was looking for someone with a thorough understanding of nonprofit financials, as well as a diverse organizational skill set,” said Stephanie Love-Patterson, CAWC’s Executive Director. “T’Chana’s experience, talent, and enthusiasm will be a powerful addition to our leadership team and the successful delivery of our important mission. We are delighted to officially welcome T’Chana to the CAWC team. Thank KEES for another successful partnership!

“CAWC’s mission aligns with my career goal of utilizing financial leadership to support organizations that have a positive impact on people’s lives,” said T’Chana. “I am enthusiastic about contributing my financial expertise and passion for community development to aid CAWC in achieving its mission, ensuring sound financial management and long-term sustainability.”

Harden holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Urban Planning in Community and Economic Development from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Planning & Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

CAWC’s Executive Director, Stephanie Love-Patterson, steered the hiring process. A comprehensive and inclusive search was launched, drawing in a diverse pool of talented candidates. Harden was ultimately selected from an outstanding group of top finalists. This partnership not only aligns with KEES’s track record of placing top executives in Chicago but also expands its relationships to fill crucial financial hiring needs. In addition to staff roles, KEES also specializes in executive searches for top executive positions such as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, and President roles.

“Congratulations to the entire CAWC team,” said Laura Weinman, KEES Vice President. “We are grateful that T’Chana shares the KEES commitment to helping CAWC achieve and deliver its vital mission. KEES is thrilled to have been selected again as the search partner of choice for CAWC and we proudly applaud T’Chana on this Finance Director appointment.”

About the Partners

KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams with dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit www.kees2success.com.

CONNECTIONS FOR ABUSED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN

CAWC is committed to ending domestic violence. For more than 45 years, CAWC has delivered comprehensive and life-saving services to both adult and child victims of domestic abuse in Chicago. As a leader in the field of domestic violence, CAWC’s services have continually evolved to meet a growing community need. CAWC’s mission is to assist victims of abuse with regaining control of their lives through a trauma-informed, self-help, empowerment approach. CAWC works toward this goal through four primary program areas that together provide a continuum of domestic violence services, including a shelter for survivors and their children as well as counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline. All programs are free of charge. Learn more at www.cawc.org.

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KEES MEDIA CONTACT:

Jamie Sheffler, jsheffler@kees2success.com

CAWC MEDIA CONTACT:

Stephanie Love-Patterson, SLove-Patterson@cawc.org

Nonprofit Executive Search Firm KEES Selected by Hawaii Youth Symphony to Lead Recruitment Strategies for Upcoming Positions

KEES takes center stage to orchestrate dual searches for Director of Development and newly created Chief Operating Officer posts

In a significant stride towards advancing its strategic vision, Hawaii Youth Symphony proudly announces the selection of KEES as its search firm of choice to usher in a new era of growth and excellence for the nonprofit music education organization. KEES will be instrumental in identifying and appointing key leaders for two pivotal roles—Director of Development and Chief Operating Officer. Leading the search efforts at the executive search firm, specializing in both the nonprofit and public sector, will include KEES Search Manager Yoo-Jin Hong and Project Manager Megan Taylor.

Hawaii Youth Symphony President and CEO Randy Wong selected KEES after reviewing several competitive proposals. “The KEES team and their excellence in nonprofit executive search stood out to us as being uniquely capable to help fill these dynamic leadership roles. They are familiar with our priorities, recognize the importance of our mission and vision, and appreciate the nuanced needs of youth orchestras.”

KEES holds high standards as an industry leader in Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development searches. With more than 23 years of experience in nonprofit executive search and hundreds of successful client partnerships, KEES continues to have a strong track record placing, creating, and supporting roles nationwide. In addition to success in Chief Operating Officer and Chief/Director of Development roles, KEES provides specialized expertise in all top leadership searches such as CEO and President, Executive Director, and Chief Financial Officer.

KEES’ work helps ensure that missions are fulfilled, visions are achieved, leaders can succeed, and clients can change the world through the meaningful missions they serve. This partnership builds upon KEES’ long list of client partners who serve and support arts organizations, arts education, and youth development in a multitude of ways.

“With a shared belief in the arts as social good and commitment to broadening access to the arts, KEES is poised to shape Hawaii Youth Symphony’s leadership team and contribute to HYS’s strategic vision,” said Yoo-Jin Hong, Executive Search Manager. “It is an honor to have been selected to work alongside Randy Wong and Hawaii Youth Symphony in this stage of growth. We look forward to partnering with HYS leadership in the coming months.”

Confidential inquiries, candidate recommendations, and questions concerning this dual search may be addressed to inquiries@kees2success.com.

About the Partners

Hawaii Youth Symphony

Established as a nonprofit organization located in Honolulu, HI, Hawaii Youth Symphony’s (HYS) mission is to foster fun and creative experiences for youth that inspire a deep appreciation for music and lifelong relationships within the culture of the Hawaiian islands. HYS is also among the largest independent youth symphony organizations in the country, serving over 700 students annually from more than 100 public, private, and home schools across the state. Incorporated in 1964 with a single 80-member orchestra, HYS has grown nearly 8-fold in the past half century with 13 different programs. For more information, visit www.hiyouthsymphony.org.

KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services, including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit www.kees2success.com.

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HAWAII YOUTH SYMPHONY MEDIA CONTACT:

Susan Wright, susan@beckercommunications.com

KEES MEDIA CONTACT:

Jamie Sheffler, jsheffler@kees2success.com

Grow Your Own Illinois taps Richard Nettles as the next Chicago/Lake County Program Director

Grow Your Own Illinois (GYO-IL), an organization that develops a strong pipeline of teachers of color rooted in their school communities, has announced Richard Nettles as the new Chicago/Lake County Program Director. Effective January 22, 2024, Nettles will lead the Chicago/Lake County program, the largest and oldest of the four consortia in Illinois. KEES was appointed to lead the executive search last fall.

Nettles comes to GYO-IL having served as the Manager of Field Experience and Curriculum at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), where he defined strategies for all pre-service teacher training and managed the teacher pathways training team. Prior to CPS, Nettles held teacher candidate support roles at Northeastern Illinois University and Roosevelt University. He began his career in education as an African American History teacher at CPS’s Urban Prep Academy High School.

“We were seeking someone with a strong commitment to social justice and community investment, as well as deep knowledge of teacher licensure processes to manage GYO-IL’s Chicago and Lake County consortium,” said Dr. Liza Pappas, Executive Director of GYO-IL. “Richard’s experience in teacher education and his alignment with GYO-IL’s mission made him stand out. Undoubtedly, he will play a significant role with our team. An additional thank you to KEES for their professional focus throughout this process.”

“I am beyond excited to join the extraordinary team at Grow Your Own Illinois! As a Waukegan native and a resident of Chicago’s South Side, this work is very close to my heart. GYO-IL represents an opportunity to turn the tide of education exponentially,” noted Richard. “Beyond bridging the gap between what is and what could be, as the new Chicago/Lake County Program Director, I look forward to ensuring Black and Brown people have GYO-IL’s full support on their path to teacher licensure and that our communities are recognized for our assets, character, and contributions to this world.”

Nettles holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) in Urban Education from the University of Chicago. Along with his Illinois Professional Educators License, he has earned endorsements in Elementary Education (K-9) and Secondary Education (9-12).

Grow Your Own Teachers (GYO-IL)

Grow Your Own Illinois’ (GYO-IL) mission is to support racially diverse and community-connected individuals to become certified teachers in hard-to-staff schools and positions to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes for its students. GYO-IL believes that Illinois students, their schools and neighborhoods, and the teacher candidates are all enriched by this process. For more information, visit www.growyourownteachers.org.

KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams with dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit www.kees2success.com.

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GROW YOUR OWN ILLINOIS MEDIA CONTACT:

Valentin Torres, vtorres@gyo-il.org

KEES MEDIA CONTACT:

Jamie Sheffler, jsheffler@kees2success.com