Practice Area: Development And Philanthropy

MOLLY BRENNAN

Managing Director

MOLLY BRENNAN

Managing Director

Molly Brennan is a Managing Director at Diversified Search, and is the co-leader of the firm’s Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture Practice. She also serves as the Founding Partner and Executive Vice President at Koya Leadership Partners, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2019 and is now included in The Diversified Search Group, a portfolio of wholly-owned boutique search firms serving specialized sectors.

At Diversified Search, Brennan works with co-Practice Leader Andrew Wheeler to marshal the forces of both firms’ deep experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors to deliver stellar results for clients.

Brennan joined Koya Leadership Partners in its early years, and today leads a portfolio of CEO, President, Executive Director, and other senior executive searches for mission-driven clients across the country and around the world. Her clients have included Amnesty International USA, Habitat for Humanity, Sierra Club, Drug Policy Alliance, Heising-Simons Foundation, Feed the Truth, and Natural Resources Defense Council, among many others.

Her particular areas of focus include leadership, retention, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Her thought leadership has been widely quoted and published in leading publications such as Stanford Social Innovation, and Philanthropy News Digest, and Fast Company, as well as by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Brennan began her career as a newspaper reporter, then moved into the online communications space. Prior to joining Koya, she served as an Editor at LifeWorks, one of the nation’s leading Employee Assistance Programs, where she partnered with HR leaders to create custom content designed to improve employee engagement and satisfaction. She has served on numerous boards nationally and locally, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Our Neighbor’s Table, a hunger relief organization in Massachusetts that aims to eliminate food insecurity in the communities it serves. She is currently a member of LeadBoston, a professional leadership program of the YW Boston.

CONTACT

Phone: 978.384.1296

E-Mail: Molly.Brennan@divsearch.com

Location: Boston, MA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Writing and Publishing

Emerson College

Bachelor of Arts - History and Anthropology

University of Vermont

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY

CORINA BENITZ

Vice President and Senior Associate

CORINA BENITZ

Vice President and Senior Associate

Corina Benitz is a Vice President and Senior Associate at Diversified Search. She joined the firm as a Research Associate in 2018.

Prior to entering the executive search field, Benitz worked as a Development Associate for the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There she was responsible for, among other things, Board management, major gift donor engagement strategy, and planning of fundraising events and the annual orchestra gala. Her research experience in this role included the identifying, researching, and profiling of prospective Board members and donors.

Benitz began her professional career in the arts world, first as a Sales and Client Relationship Manager for a prominent Virginia sculptor, and subsequently as a Sales and Auction Associate at The Potomack Company, an Alexandria, Virginia antiques and fine arts auction house.

Corina has her certification as a research associate from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).

CONTACT

Phone: 202.350.9818

E-Mail: Corina.Benitz@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Business Marketing and Art History

University of Richmond

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE FINANCIAL SERVICES

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

DALE E. JONES

Chief Executive Officer

Dale E. Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Search. His responsibilities include oversight and management of the firm and its global CEO Advisory Services.

A native of Dallas, Jones was the son of a shoe cobbler/janitor and a kindergarten teacher; beginning at age 10, young Dale would often join his dad and brother on weekends cleaning office buildings. Advised by a family pastor and influenced by the fact that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King had attended there, Jones enrolled at Atlanta’s Morehouse College. He began his career in banking, before moving into executive search as a managing partner in the Atlanta office of Heidrick & Struggles International in 1999. Always looking for ways to give back, Jones took a hiatus from the search industry in 2007, relocating to Washington, D.C. to lead a philanthropic foundation, endowed by AOL founder Steve Case and his wife, Jean, that was dedicated to finding clean water in Africa.

Jones returned to executive search in 2009, rejoining Heidrick & Struggles to serve as Vice Chairman and Partner of the CEO and Board Practice, where he consulted CEOs and corporate boards on human capital issues including recruiting, retention, succession planning, and corporate governance. He also served as one of the firm’s leaders in the Global Communications and Global Consumer Practice, and was later asked to oversee the CEO and Board Practice in the Americas.

In 2013, when founder Judith M. von Seldeneck moved into the role of Chairman at Diversified Search, Jones was named the firm’s new CEO, based in Washington, D.C. His philosophy on great leadership is simple: “I think it is important that leaders have the ability to inspire and motivate people and to lead by example. I think the best leaders have been through some testing in their journey, so that they can really empathize, not only with the people that they lead, but with their customers.”

Jones is a member of several notable national corporate and philanthropic boards, most notably those of Northwestern Mutual, Kohl’s Inc., Princeton Theological Seminary, and his alma mater, Morehouse College. He is also a Global Board Member of AltoPartners. He formerly served as National Advisory Board Vice Chairman for The Salvation Army.

GERARD F. CATTIE, JR.

Managing Director

GERARD F. CATTIE, JR.

Managing Director

Gerard F. Cattie Jr. is a Managing Director with Diversified Search, based in New York. His practice focuses on searches for senior leadership positions within prominent higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, global NGOs, foundations, associations and membership societies, healthcare providers, and arts and cultural entities. He serves as the leader of the firm’s Development and Philanthropy practice, as well as for the Arts and Culture sector of the firm’s Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice.

He has successfully conducted searches for a range of functional leadership roles, such as CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, president, provost, executive director, vice president, dean, director of development, director of major gifts, director of planned gifts, and more.

Prior to his career in search, Cattie spent a decade in key fundraising positions within a variety of leading arts, cultural, and educational institutions. He joined Diversified Search in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, where he served as Regional Director of Major Gifts at the Wharton School. While at Wharton, Cattie served on the fundraising team that crafted the School’s historic $450 million Campaign for Sustained Leadership.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2587

E-Mail: Gerard.Cattie@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Master of Global Affairs - Government Administration

University of Pennsylvania Fels Center of Government

Bachelor of Arts - Communications

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE

GENE E. HEAD

Managing Director

GENE E. HEAD

Managing Director

Gene E. Head is a Managing Director in the Washington DC office, where he conducts senior leadership assignments across a range of industry sectors specializing in higher education and nonprofits.

Head also serves on the Executive Committee of Washington, D.C.-based STEMconnector, a Diversified Search company that focuses on bridging the gap between higher education and industry needs. Through collaborative efforts with higher education, corporate, and healthcare organizations, as well as the U.S. Departments of Education, Energy, Agriculture, and Commerce, Head works to advance a jobs-driven economy throughout the country.

His clients include the University of Alabama System; University of California System; Samford University; UC Berkeley; California Baptist University; the International Justice Mission; the United Nations; the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and the Woodruff Foundation.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Head was a senior partner with a boutique search firm, where he orchestrated senior leadership searches in the higher education, nonprofit, and healthcare sectors.

Prior to entering executive search, Head enjoyed a 27-year career in advertising and marketing for a privately held business, where he led the company’s growth through the demonstration of exceptional customer service and innovation. During his time in this role, many of his clients were with him for 20-plus years

CONTACT

Phone: 404.942.6311

E-Mail: Gene.Head@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Business Management

Samford University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Managing Director

JASON D. LEÓN, CPA

Managing Director

Jason D. León, MPA, CPA, is the Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. office of Diversified Search and specializes in Board, CFO, and nonprofit searches.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, León was the Senior Director of Corporate Relations & Programs for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), where he was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive corporate relations strategies for increasing the representation of Hispanic executives in upper management and on corporate boards of Fortune 500 companies. His unique expertise in leadership development and nonprofit management led to the growth of both HACR’s corporate membership and leadership programs designed to provide companies a diverse set of platforms to enhance their external and internal diversity strategies in the areas of governance, procurement, employment, and philanthropy.

Prior to his role at HACR, León worked at National Urban Fellows (NUF), a premier leadership development organization and voice of authority on leadership diversity in the U.S., serving as the Alumni & Social Media Program Manager. A proud MPA alumnus of NUF, León completed his fellowship at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where his public finance expertise contributed to the success of an initiative to advance education, training and financial analysis in public health finance. He is a certified public accountant and worked five years as the Finance Director and Chief of Administration for the City of Isabela in Puerto Rico, where he made lasting contributions that restructured the cities’ financial structure, staff, and standing as one of the soundest municipalities in Puerto Rico.

León is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.296.0606

E-Mail: Jason.Leon@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

National Urban Fellows, Alumnus

Master of Public Administration - Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management

Baruch College (CUNY) 

Bachelor of Business Administration

Inter American University of Puerto Rico

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE FINANCIAL OFFICERS PRIVATE EQUITY

NALINI PERKINS

Managing Director

NALINI PERKINS

Managing Director

Nalini Vasagam Perkins has more than 20 years of experience in the recruitment of senior executives for organizations across the nonprofit, healthcare, and public sectors, both domestically and internationally. She brings a particular focus on nonprofit organizations, and works closely with search committees and boards. Her clients include global development organizations, relief agencies, foundations, and social services and faith-based institutions. She recruits senior-level executives for national and international health and welfare organizations, cultural institutions, religious organizations, social service and professional associations, as well as hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers.

Perkins conducts searches at the CEO, COO, CFO, and vice president levels, as well as assigning direct reports to these positions. She has led numerous searches in the areas of development/fundraising, marketing and communications, business development, finance, and human resources. Perkins partners with her clients in creating new leadership roles and works with boards as they undergo CEO transitions.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Perkins was a Managing Partner with Lochlin Partners, and previously spent more than a decade working as an Executive Director of the Nonprofit Sector at Russell Reynolds Associates. In both firms, she significantly grew the nonprofit practices. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Perkins worked as an Associate at Heidrick & Struggles.

CONTACT

Phone: 202.729.3922

E-Mail: Nalini.Perkins@divsearch.com

Location: Washington, DC

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Psychology

The Catholic University of America

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE

MANUEL A. GONGON, JR.

Principal

MANUEL A. GONGON, JR.

Principal

Manuel is a Principal with Diversified Search and a member of its Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture practice. His work has included searches for senior leadership positions within prominent higher education institutions, healthcare providers, nonprofit organizations, global NGOs, arts and cultural entities, foundations, and associations and membership societies. He has conducted searches for a wide range of functional leadership roles, such as president, CEO, executive director, provost, vice provost for research, academic and administrative deans, chief development and advancement officer, chief marketing and/or communications officer, COO, and CFO.

Gongon’s client list includes Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Yale University, Georgetown University, Virginia Tech, the University of Oregon, the Rhode Island School of Design, Union Theological Seminary, the Smithsonian Institution, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Public Radio International, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, The Trevor Project, The Public Theater, and the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, among many others.

Before joining Diversified Search, Gongon worked for 12 years for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In respective roles, he led government affairs and community and economic development initiatives on behalf of the archdiocese and community at large. His community service has included terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors of FINANTA, a nonprofit lender promoting growth and economic expansion of Philadelphia communities, and as an advisory board member to a Philadelphia community center.

CONTACT

Phone: 215.656.3588

E-Mail: Manuel.Gongon@divsearch.com

Location: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - English

Loyola University Maryland

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE

BETH REEVES

Vice President and Senior Associate

BETH REEVES

Vice President and Senior Associate

Beth Reeves is a Vice President and Senior Associate with Diversified Search, and a member of the Education, Nonprofit, and Arts and Culture Practice. With over 20 years of experience in retained executive search, she has conducted searches for senior leadership positions within prominent higher education institutions, associations, foundations, arts and culture organizations/institutions, and professional and social service organizations. She is also a senior member of the firm’s Development and Philanthropy practice, and has placed numerous fundraising leadership professionals across the sector. Clients she has represented include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Museum of Natural History, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Museum of Arts and Design, The National Park Foundation, New York Philharmonic, NPR, The Old Globe Theatre, The Pennsylvania State University, Public Radio International, The Public Theater, Smithsonian Institution, The University of Chicago, The University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. Her expertise includes developing and executing search strategy, sourcing, screening and referencing candidates, and facilitating the search process.

Reeves joined Diversified Search in 2007. She began her search career in 1994 with The Howard-Sloan-Koller Group, a New York-based boutique firm serving the media industry. Prior to executive search, she worked in New York in advertising sales management in the magazine publishing industry, and prior to that, in advertising agency account management.

CONTACT

Phone: 212.542.2584

E-Mail: Beth.Reeves@divsearch.com

Location: New York, NY

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - English

Wittenberg University

PRACTICE AREAS

DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE