Our Mission

At Executive Excellence, our mission is to elevate education-aligned nonprofit organizations, one team member at a time. We are dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and nurturing talent to drive positive impact. 

Our Vision

At Executive Excellence, our vision is to be the premier source for recruiting, retaining, and developing talent by serving as the catalyst that transforms and strengthens education-aligned nonprofit organizations.

Our Values

At Executive Excellence, we are committed to three core values that guide and drive our actions.

  • Excellence : Striving for excellence in all aspects of our work
  • Innovation: Striving to improve the client experience by incorporating best-in-class techniques and cutting-edge technology into our service approach.
  • Collaboration: Striving to foster a spirit of partnership and teamwork, bringing different perspectives, voices, and ideas to best serve our clients.

Our Team

With nearly 2 decades of human resource experience, Donna is a champion for both her clients & candidates. She has led over 200 executive searches & coached over 500 Columbia Business School MBA grads. Donna has an MA from New School University & a coaching certification from Columbia University.
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Donna Rossi Smithers Founder & Managing Director
Ira's entire career has centered on the nonprofit sector, including a remarkable tenure as EVP at Professionals for Nonprofits Staffing Group. He is a trusted partner within the sector securing top-tier talent to enhance growth at every level. His extensive knowledge allows for the cultivation of enduring relationship.
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Ira Madin Business Development Director
Victoria is a human resources, talent acquisition innovator who dedicated her career to high-performing charter networks. Her expertise and intricate knowledge about the complexities of charter schools are invaluable. She is a Baruch College grad with a degree in Corporate Communications.
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Victoria Daniels Talent Partner
Abby has worked in education her entire career. She began in the classroom before making her way into the talent recruitment space where she quickly shined. She is deeply committed to her community & holds a MS in Education from Fordham University.
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Abby Rosenwaike Talent Partner
Lara is a veteran Teach for America Corps member where she taught in public & charter schools. Lara has held key positions in recruiting with Harlem RBI, Harlem Village Academies and more. She holds an MPH from NYU & her MA from Pace University.
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Lara Silvas Talent Partner
Ross is a people operations performer working in talent acquisition & recruiting. He has held top positions with Coney Island Prep & Fora Travel. Ross is a veteran Teach for America Corps member deeply passionate about education. He holds his BA from Texas Christian University.
Ross Thomason Talent Partner

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