McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Brandi Horton as Chief Development + External Relations Officer at the Institute for Community Living (ICL). In her new role, Brandi will partner with the organization’s CEO, to create an overall strategy for the organization’s philanthropic and government funding. She will leverage and cultivate high-impact relationships with donors, philanthropists, and institutional funders while building out a communications strategy. Brandi will be responsible for driving, shaping, and expanding the fundraising program and fostering a culture of philanthropy and entrepreneurship across ICL to support its mission.

Prior to joining ICL, Brandi served as Chief of Staff at Children’s Health Fund, functioning as a strategic advisor to the CEO in all facets of the organization’s operations. She previously served with CHF as AVP and Sr. Director of Individual and Major Gifts, helming an annual fund plan, major gifts program and cultivation of major donors. Her career has also included leadership roles in development with the School and Arts in Schools Foundation and YAI Network. Ms. Horton earned a B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and has also completed executive and philanthropic certifications through the Yale School of Management and NYU Graduate Center.

The Institute for Community Living helps children, adults, and families living with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities, achieve greater health and independence. ICL believes every person has the ability, and the right, to lead a full and productive life. The organization stands by their clients every step of the journey, regardless of how difficult it may get. From housing to care coordination to office-and school-based support, their innovative whole health approach addresses behavioral and physical health as well as social determinants of health, like housing and food security. ICL has an annual operating budget of approximately $160 million, more than 1,300 employees, and the capacity to provide services to over 15,000 individuals annually. The organization operates in many locations around New York City and is recognized as a valued thought-leader in the sector.

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull Partner Sue Waterbury, Senior Executive Recruiter Jessica Combs, and Senior Research Associate Josh Nichols.