Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. retains DG&A to fill Chief Executive Officer


Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) retained David Gomez & Associates (DG&A) as their trusted executive search partner to recruit CEDA’s next Chief Executive Officer.

CEDA is one of the largest private, nonprofit Community Action Agencies in the country and serves more than 500,000 Cook County residents annually.   It is CEDA’s mission to work in partnership with communities to empower families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. Like many organizations and businesses, CEDA is facing challenging times, and has undertaken a number of transformation steps to ensure the agency’s sustainability.  CEDA has developed and presented a Quality Improvement Plan that focuses on the overall improvement of programmatic and financial operations.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Governing Board of Directors and oversees the operation of the organization. The Chief Executive Officer serves as the agency’s representative to the general public and the community at-large, and functions as the liaison between CEDA’s grantors, governmental representatives, and with partner agencies.  The CEO is ultimately responsible for ensuring that CEDA continues to find innovative approaches and funding sources for new programs that support the mission.  The Chief Executive Officer also provides significant oversight and guidance to the agency’s budgeting and financial management efforts.

CEDA seeks an experienced and professional business leader who brings a full set of executive abilities to the position.  The ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated track record of effective personnel management. The candidate must have experience with budgeting, financial management, and financial reporting for an organization with a multi-million dollar budget with multiple and diverse funding streams.  The ideal candidate will exhibit the ability to work with an eighteen-member Governing Board of Directors representing a cross section of the community, and he/she should possess significant experience with Board relations in a reporting relationship.  CEDA is a highly visible organization in the community, and the Chief Executive Officer should have significant skills in public and community relations, as well as media relations to increase the agency’s reputation and visibility.

All inquiries concerning the application process should be made in writing and directed to Millena Sanchez at:

Contributed By: Tamara Milic