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					                                                LAURA GASSNER OTTING
                                     75 Summit Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02458
                     home: (617) 527-9665 / work: (617) 527-9661 / LGO@NonprofitProfessionals.com


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

6/02 – PRESENT NONPROFIT PROFESSIONALS ADVISORY GROUP, BOSTON, NEW YORK, MOSCOW, WASHINGTON, DC
               FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

               Designed to operate with ‘new economy’ savvy, the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group unbundles traditional
               executive search and leadership transition packages and offers sophisticated services tailored to our mission-driven
               clients’ various needs. We work worldwide with mission-driven client organizations in the nonprofit, academic, and
               public sectors, as well as with the job seekers who serve them. For organizations, we offer executive search and
               leadership transition services. For candidates, we provide leadership development, job search strategy creation,
               and resume/cover letter assistance. For both organizations and candidates, we supply professional and
               organizational development in person through our customized training programs and online with our
               groundbreaking, complimentary “NPAG U” webinar series.

                  Created a nonprofit-focused executive search firm with nearly $1M in annual revenue and a team of 14
                   employees and contractors, comprising senior search leaders, associates, and a robust research department
                  Assist national nonprofits during times of crises and executive transitions by developing long-range goals,
                   shaping and strengthening ability to fulfill organizational mission and locating exceptional leaders
                  Personally drive more than 90% of new business to the firm, and retain clientele through excellent service,
                   critical hiring, and exceptional candidate and client relations
                  Completed more than 100 searches since 2002, with 58% closed with women and 20% closed with women of
                   color; maintain an e-mail newsletter list of more than 40,000 active nonprofit professionals
                  Lead and maintain firm-wide culture of a work/life balance, lean infrastructure, highly-leveraged technology,
                   and maximum return to our nonprofit clients
                  Recognized industry-wide as a leader in nonprofit hiring, job searching, and corporate transitions

10/00 – 5/02   EXECSEARCHES.COM, FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA AND CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
               SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

               ExecSearches.com is an internet start up offering online recruiting consulting, job postings, job description writing
               and reference checking for nonprofits, the public sector and socially responsible businesses; as well as resume and
               cover letter reviews, resume hosting, and interviewing/job searching skills training for nonprofit professionals.

                  Oversaw short- and long-term strategic planning and developed a global business plan accordingly
                  Created and delivered a full suite of candidate and client service offerings
                  Developed new client relationships; sustained and built on existing client relationships
                  Aggressively enlarged ExecSearches.com’s presence in the online recruiting market through public relations,
                   marketing and strategic partnerships

1/97 – 9/00    ISAACSON MILLER, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

               Isaacson Miller is a nationally retained executive search firm concentrating on nonprofits, socially responsible
               businesses and the public sector. It is one of the largest firms in New England, and one of the most highly respected
               niche firms for nonprofit executive search.

               VICE PRESIDENT (9/99 – 9/00)
                With firm’s president, managed all operations and finances for Arnie Miller and Company, a $1.5 million
                   subdivision of the firm, including search team planning and assignment, long-term company staffing, debt
                   reduction and revenue forecasting
                Developed new clients, oversaw all client contact and coordinated all phases of search for a large portfolio,
                   concentrating in the fields of advocacy, politics, education, labor, philanthropy and public relations
                Created and implemented comprehensive bonus allocation model to distribute company profits
                Promoted from Senior Associate (9/98 – 9/99) and Associate (1/97 – 9/98)
2/93 – 12/96     WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF NATIONAL SERVICE /CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL SERVICE, WASHINGTON, DC

                 PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEE, SCHEDULE C

                 The White House Office of National Service was formed to author and ensure passage of President Clinton’s
                 AmeriCorps legislation. It paved the way for the birth of the Corporation for National Service, a $731.6 million,
                 400-employee federal agency whose programs annually engage more than one million people in community service.

                 PROGRAM OFFICER, AMERICORPS (11/95 – 12/96)
                  Reviewed, evaluated, and negotiated a total of $10 million to more than 20 governor-appointed state
                    commissions, nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools and civic organizations
                  Monitored resource capabilities, identified alternate and novel approaches to program sustainability
                  Identified and brokered education, health, community safety and environmental grant program development and
                    training and technical assistance needs
                  Interpreted legal and regulatory requirements and provided authoritative advice for current/potential grantees
                  Developed informational and infrastructure grantee development networks that fostered institutional capacity
                    building and field strengthening

                 SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (10/93 – 11/95)
                  Selected and developed team of 100 AmeriCorps spokespersons resulting in over 500 press stories nationwide
                  Wrote award-winning AmeriCorps’ annual report highlighting accomplishments and corporate partnerships
                  Oversaw the formation of all major speaking engagements, rallies and receptions in over 30 states
                  Planned publicity opportunities and solicited speaking engagements to promote corporate mission
                  Coordinated logistics, facilitated relationships and prepared appropriate briefing materials for all major events
                  Worked with White House staff to coordinate AmeriCorps representation at presidential forums and in speeches
                  Contributed AmeriCorps content for President Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union Address
                  Created and implemented speakers’ bureau that facilitated appropriate representation of the Corporation
                    programs at legislative meetings, fundraising opportunities and political events

                 CONFIDENTIAL ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE, NATIONAL SERVICE (2/93 – 9/93)
                  Advised on strategic policy issues and prepared in-depth analyses on topics central to legislation development
                  Served on strategic management team to construct timeline and strategy for merger of three federal agencies
                  Supervised creation of outreach database of over 7,000 corporations, press and service organizations

12/92 – 2/93     CLINTON/GORE TRANSITION TEAM, WASHINGTON, DC
                 STAFF ASSISTANT
                  Reviewed thousands of volunteer applications and conducted interviews with leading candidates for placement
                    within the Transition Office and the White House
                  Coordinated weekly orientation seminars on incoming presidential administration, conduct and ethics
                  Performed quality control of presidential correspondence for accuracy and appropriateness

3/92 – 11/92     CLINTON/GORE ’92 CAMPAIGN, GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, AND LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
                 MEMBER OF NATIONAL CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION
                  Coordinated with national advance team to organize rally for the Clintons and Gores with 32,000 attendees
                  Planned and supervised neighborhood canvassing efforts
                  Mobilized student organizations for campus-wide 30,000-piece literature drops and marches
                  Recruited and trained more than 50 volunteers to phone bank, canvas neighborhoods and organize communities
                  Responsible for press and crowd flow at Election Day events in Little Rock, Arkansas




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EDUCATION

1/95 – 5/96       The Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University
                  Master of Arts, Political Management
                  Curriculum included: Fundraising, Issues Management and Campaign Advertisement and Promotion

1/92 – 12/93      University of Florida School of Law and Graduate School of Political Science
                  Completed first year of J.D. and one semester of M.A. before deferring graduation to join Clinton/Gore ’92

9/88 – 12/91      University of Texas at Austin
                  Bachelor of Arts, Major: Government; Minors: History, Speech
                  Appointed Member, Liberal Arts Council


PUBLICATIONS


“Change Your Career. Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector: From Better World to Bottom Line,” Kaplan 2007.

“Don’t Rush to Judgment: Relying on First Impressions When Assessing a Job Applicant Can Lead to Poor Hiring Decisions,” HR
Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management, January 2004, Vol. 49, No. 1, also honored to be included in a compendium of
top articles in HR Magazine’s “Guide to Managing People”

Various electronic articles published in leading trade newsletters available upon request.


COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

09/09 – 12/09     Alan Khazei for United States Senate
                  Citizen Co-Chair

05/07 - Present   Newton Montessori School
                  Board Member (05/07-07/07), Governance Chair (08/07-Present), Clerk (05/08-Present)

01/06 – 12/08     Camp Starfish
                  Board Member (01/06-01/08), Governance Chair (10/07-12/08), Clerk (01/08-12/08)

02/05 – Present Consultants Network for Excellence in Nonprofits
                Member

10/04 – 08/09     Strong Women, Strong Girls
                  Advisor (10/04-06/05), Board Member (06/05-08/09) & First Board Chair (01/06-06/07)

05/03 – Present AmeriCorps Alums
                Advisor

06/02 – 06/04     Boston Choral Ensemble
                  Founding Board Member, Founding Board Chair (07/03-06/04)

06/02 – 12/03     LiNC Boston (now the Boston Chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network)
                  Founding Advisory Board Member

1/00 – 06/03      Graduate School of Political Management, George Washington University
                  Alumni Steering Committee Member




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