Jennifer Nielsen Joins Bridging as Director of Programs and Services

Client News!

Our client Bridging welcomes Jennifer Nielsen as its new Director of Programs and Services.

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in education and non-profit program management. She has served as Director of Programs at CommonBond Communities, and before that as Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League in Chicago. She started her career in the public school system in both Minnesota and Chicago.

Jennifer has an extensive background in operations management, program development and evaluation, volunteer management, staff development, and training. At Bridging, she is responsible for client services, warehouse operations, individual volunteers, and logistics. She has a passion for working with others to solve problems, create inclusivity, and reduce barriers to housing stability.

We look forward to hearing great things from Jennifer and thank the team at Bridging for their partnership in a successful search outcome.


Welcome Devoreaux Walton as Our New Director of Business Development

The DEJ Group is very proud, honored, and excited to welcome Devoreaux Walton to our firm as our first Director of Business Development. She will be spearheading our efforts to expand into new markets and build strong relationships with new clients to drive business growth.

Devoreaux Walton is a thought leader, speaker, consultant, and diversity recruiting expert. Her passion lies at the intersection of equity, diversity, inclusion, and recruitment – focused on bringing humanity back to hiring. Devoreaux leverages her experience in recruitment, diversity, marketing, and sales from Google, IBM, and other startups when creating modern solutions to persistent problems.

A proud southern belle, she is a Spelman College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Washington University in St. Louis graduate with a master’s degree in Business Administration, and also holds an Inclusion and Diversity certificate from Yale University.

Devoreaux is honored to serve as a member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Association of Junior Leagues International. When she isn’t working, Devoreaux enjoys international travel and interior design styling.

She currently resides in Nashville, TN with her Maltipoo daughter, Nyla. We are excited to have Devoreaux on board and know that their expertise will help take our firm to the next level. Please join us in giving Devoreaux a warm welcome!


Michael Johnson Joins The Partnership Academy as Their New Executive Director

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Michael Johnson will be joining our client, Partnership Academy, as its new executive director!

MJ – Michael Johnson is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a school leader in Massachusetts for the past three years. In 2014, she earned a Master’s Degree in School Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently serves as an Assistant Principal for Middle School STEM at KIPP Academy Lynn, Massachusetts, and is a consultant for schools looking to implement data-driven academic intervention.

During an intense interview process at Partnership Academy, including students, educators, equity leaders, administrators, and board members, Ms. Johnson wowed our team with her humanistic, relational, and equity-driven approach that aligns closely with PA’s values. We are excited for Ms. Johnson to join the PA team to cement a warm, academically engaging, and affirming environment for all scholars.

We thank the Partnership Academy for entrusting The DEJ Group with this critical search and look forward to welcoming “MJ” to the organization with ice cream on July 14th.


Julie Laven Joins the The DEJ Group as Director of Recruiting Operations

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Julie Laven has joined our team as our new director of recruiting operations. Julie will provide client support for our current searches and lead some of our new search projects in her new role. Julie is a 2022 MBA graduate from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. We are very excited to hire graduates from our founder’s alma mater and continue to look for diverse talent to support our growth.

Please join us in welcoming Julie to our growing executive search practice.