Our Talent Citizens

Tracy Welsh, Founder

Having assisted both mission- and market-driven organizations in the recruitment of executive talent for nearly two decades, Tracy’s perspective affords unique insights into the interrelationship of the non-profit, civil, corporate and academic sectors and their collective capacity for social impact.

Tracy has worked collaboratively with a range of organizations, from regional non-profits with high-impact direct services programs to complex national organizations across higher education, healthcare, philanthropy, and advocacy. Prior to founding Talent Citizen, Tracy built the External Relations and Development practice at Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group and served as a Managing Associate as part of Isaacson, Miller’s scaling development practice. Earlier in her search career, Tracy managed C-suite searches for venture-backed technology startups and assisted in the establishment of a London office for one of the nation’s fastest growing executive search firms serving the technology and professional services sectors.

The diversity of her experience has given Tracy an appreciation for the nuances of cultural fit and the transferability of executive skills from sector to sector. Her client-centric approach was cultivated early in her career through public relations and marketing communications roles in the technology arena. She led marketing communications for an environmental consulting firm providing cutting edge environmental research, development, software and analysis in climate and weather prediction, air quality, and satellite sensors.

Tracy holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from Boston College. She also participated as a JET Fellow in the cultural and teaching exchange program fostered by the Japanese government.

Adele Mezher, Associate Vice President

Adele has spent the last twenty plus years perfecting the art and science of recruitment and selection. Absorbing her client’s mission as her own, she delivers a compelling story with passion and enthusiasm to capture attention and interest. She excels at managing the total search lifecycle and hitting key milestones to ensure a strong and diverse candidate pool.

Most recently, Adele was embedded within the Northeastern University Global Network team concentrating on the acquisition of leadership for newly formed graduate campuses in Silicon Valley and Seattle.

Adele has a track record of building capacity for scaling executive search firms across multiple sectors. She has led training for internal best practices and been responsible for key account management. A multi-sector hybrid, she has executed both mission- and market-driven searches. She has extensive functional expertise and leads our Executive Director vertical, partnering with clients that span higher education, youth development, human services, social justice, associations, and foundations.

She spent the first decade of her career with a rapid growth boutique search firm focused on technology and professional services, moving through a variety of roles in marketing, research, and IT. Known for her entrepreneurial nature and strong operational underpinnings, Adele subsequently assisted in launching three new search firms in the technology and manufacturing arenas. Her client portfolio included the Fortune 500, private equity firms, and venture-backed startups.

Driven by a deep service-orientation, she is pleased to serve as a professional mentor for Boulder, Colorado-based Greenhouse Scholars – a scholarship program supporting high performing, under-resourced college students – and loves presenting at career events for local universities. Adele is completing a degree in human resource management and furthering her study of Arabic, her native language. She also volunteers with a global faith-based organization that offers literacy assistance and disaster relief programs.

Maeve Clifford, Senior Research Associate

Maeve has a unique blend of experience that enables her to provide exceptionally targeted market research for our projects, thus providing a solid foundation upon which we can ensure the very best possible outcomes for our clients. Her background includes fundraising, financial operations and executive search, and spans the nonprofit, for-profit, and higher education sectors.

Prior to joining Talent Citizen, Maeve served as Development Manager with DSST Public Schools—a STEM-focused charter school network in Denver, CO—where she led and managed key fundraising initiatives as well as external communications systems.

Prior to her work at DSST, Maeve built and led research operations for a startup boutique executive search firm in Boulder, CO. There she recruited and managed a team of researchers, identified top tier talent, and provided competitive intelligence for Fortune 500 clients, while also vetting select candidates and lending significant support to business development operations. She launched her executive search work with an internship in the Healthcare division of global search firm Russell Reynolds.

Earlier in her career, Maeve worked at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in a financial management role. She oversaw all financial operations, which included ensuring the appropriate spending of over 100 mostly-restricted endowed funds, for the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, a special collections organization that documents the lives of women of the past and present. While there she played an active role in the Library’s strategic planning process, oversaw all grant making activities, and worked closely with the Directors, Advisory Board, and Development team at the Radcliffe Institute to help ensure continued financial support. Maeve also assisted with the acquisition of several outstanding manuscript collections and was a member of the Exhibits Committee.

Maeve began her career in historical preservation and academic research and holds a B.A. in American History from Wellesley College.

Connor Daley, Associate

Connor believes in the power of multi-stakeholder engagement as a driver for organizational and systems change. In this regard, he has been both an institutional actor in higher education, as well as a bearer of this principle in his search work.

He diligently works to fully understand critical imperatives for the organization, which inform the in-depth research, sourcing, and vetting of individuals who match both the position and the organization’s culture. His early immersion in strategic planning makes him well-suited to mapping and accessing networks.

Prior to joining Talent Citizen, Connor was an Associate in the External Relations & Development and Private Philanthropy practices at Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. His portfolio spanned higher education, ed reform, and health and well-being.

He also brings first-hand perspective of the power of volunteer leadership and the search process from his time as a two-term student body president at the University of Vermont. Connor oversaw the association’s multi-million-dollar budget and coordinated 200 student organizations. He served on a number of senior administrative and academic search committees for numerous cabinet level, academic, and governance searches.

A native of Vermont, Connor is a strong advocate of the Land-Grant mission and rural economic development. He holds a B.A. in European History and recently concluded a Research Fellowship at the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy. In his free time, he can be found either cross-country skiing or continuing his independent scholarship in British Constitutional history.

Eileen Egan, Advisor

For nearly 20 years, Eileen has partnered with non-profit executives, boards and donors to empower them and their organizations to reach their full potential through the effective use of resources, talent acquisition and leadership development.

Eileen brings a breadth of experience in resource development, program management, facilitation, recruitment, student affairs, strategic planning, community development, and board governance. She has insights into a wide array of nonprofits at the national and regional levels spanning higher education, hospital foundations, the performing arts, and rural organizations.

Prior to her work with Talent Citizen, Eileen served as a fundraising director at the American Indian College Fund for 11 years to support the nation’s tribal colleges and universities with her expertise in major gifts, planned giving, corporate relations, foundation relations, annual giving, and prospect research. In addition, to owning her own consulting business, Eileen worked at Harvard University for many years focusing on student services, recruitment, alumni relations, and public programming at the Native American Program. In this position, she had the opportunity to work collaboratively with Harvard College and Harvard’s graduate and professional schools with a focus in increasing access to educational opportunities.

Eileen serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards and the Hopi Education Endowment Fund where she has held officer positions, including two terms as President. She also served as Board Treasurer of Native Public Media and served as the Co-chair of Stories on Stage’s Expanding Nonprofit Inclusiveness Initiative through the Denver Foundation. Eileen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Eileen presents on topics, such as major gifts, “Making the Ask,” board governance, and strategic planning.

Tahsin Alam, Advisor

Tahsin I. Alam is Associate Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Development at the Rutgers University Foundation. He serves as a member of the Foundation’s Executive Leadership Group and reports dually to the President and the Chief Financial Officer.

With over 12 years of experience in Advancement searches, Tahsin began his career as an Associate with Isaacson Miller. After eight years of working with the development and alumni relations search practice, Tahsin went on to become a Managing Associate with the Nonprofit Professional Advisory Group (NPAG). Tahsin has also conducted Presidential, Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Student level searches.

At the Rutgers University Foundation, Tahsin leads an 8-person team responsible for the recruitment, on-boarding, performance appraisal, professional development and retention of professional fundraisers, alumni relations professionals and associated staff. His team includes the Human Resources function for all employees. He is also in charge of organizational change and management, having reconstructed several of the departments at the Foundation.

With Talent Citizen, Tahsin enjoys helping the company’s clients in building out their talent management function. This includes creating multi-year rollout plans for establishing a talent management team, providing reorganizational expertise for development and alumni relations departments, conducting audits of existing organizational structures and providing performance review programs catered to the development and alumni relations professions.

Tahsin holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Politics, Economics and Theater from Bates College.