Gerard founded and has led this practice for more than two decades, focusing solely on leadership searches for senior fundraising and advancement positions within distinguished educational institutions, healthcare providers, arts and cultural entities, nonprofit organizations, global NGOs, foundations, and associations and membership societies. The DSG Fundraising & Advancement Practice has been responsible for the appointment of more than 500 philanthropic leaders in a wide variety of institutions both domestic and abroad. The practice’s work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion resulted in Diversified Search Group being recently ranked No. 2 among the “Top 10 Executive Search Firms That Work for Women of Color” by Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC).
Prior to his career in search, Gerard 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, where he served as Regional Director of Major Gifts at the Wharton School. While at Wharton, he served as part of the fundraising team that crafted the School’s historic $450 million Campaign for Sustained Leadership.
Gerard’s volunteer service includes serving as a board member of Friends in Adoption located in Poultney, Vermont, and The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education located in Lyme, Connecticut. He is an emeritus member of the Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors and a former Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Gerard is based in New York City.