Deb Taft

Chief Executive Officer

Deb  Taft

Deb Taft, Chief Executive Officer, joined Lois L Lindauer Searches (LLLS) in 2016. She brings over 25 years of executive and senior-level development and marketing experience, which has included extensive work in a range of nonprofits in the education, healthcare/academic medicine, youth services and voluntary sectors. Deb’s considerable expertise includes governance, strategic planning, fundraising campaigns, interim program management, principal and major gifts, strategic communications, alumnae and constituent relations, training, and talent development. Prior to joining LLLS as Chief Operating Officer, Deb served as Senior Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A) in Chicago, leading the firm day-to-day and overseeing all domestic and global consulting practices. She also served as Interim Chief Financial Officer, Practice Area Leader for Analytics, and drove consultant recruitment, training and resource utilization efforts.

Previously, Deb served as Chief Development Officer and Interim Chief Strategy Officer for Girl Scouts of the USA, based in New York. As one of the most senior officers in this iconic leadership organization representing girls in 112 US councils and 94 countries, she played a critical role in transforming organizational talent, culture, and social impact. She led the hiring and onboarding of a new national Executive Team and the $1 billion ToGetHerThere campaign, the largest fundraising campaign for girls in the world. She was also Executive Sponsor for the global alumnae initiative to acquire and engage 59 million former Girl Scouts. Deb’s work at Girl Scouts is representative of the lasting impact she has made on numerous leading nonprofits in the education, healthcare, and youth service arenas.

Deb has also held executive and senior development roles at Simmons College, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, and Concord Academy. She was one of the founding team members of City Year, which has a total of 28 youth service teams across the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa.

Deb serves as Vice Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors, and serves on both the Industry Advisory Council and Curriculum and Content Task Force for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). A former member of the Editorial Review Board for Giving USA, she has served the nonprofit sector in a variety of faculty, board and committee roles for CASE, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Women In Development (WID), the New England Association of Healthcare Professionals (NEAHP) and the Friday Forum, among other professional associations.

Deb holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Simmons School of Management. 

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