About us


Search for Good comes to you with years of experience in achieving mission goals through great leadership, strategic stewardship, and unparalleled passion.

Elyse Barbell


A deep passion and strong leadership track record in poverty remediation. Starting as an ESOL teacher at Brooklyn College, she has always been driven by helping people attain the skills they need to meet their life and work goals.

Career highlights include a decade as the Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center where she served as the chief fundraiser, government liaison, and relationship innovator. Proud accomplishments include the development of the health literacy initiative in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and the LAC Academy.

After leaving the LAC, and still fascinated by work and the ability to raise funds, Elyse joined Stephen Bradford Search and inaugurated a nonprofit executive search practice that quickly grew into an agency powerhouse. Deciding to return to the “field,” she now focuses on training, professional development and performance improvement at Win (formerly Women in Need).

When she is not solving problems for Women in Need, she brings her depth of knowledge, uncanny ability to spot talent, and drive to Search for Good.

Katherine Defoyd

Katherine DeFoyd


Katherine has helped nonprofits build capacity for 25+ years. In 2004, Katherine founded Growth for Good, a nonprofit consulting firm focused on helping organizations build teams and implement processes for improving fundraising, communications, and programmatic outcomes. Search for Good grew out of the clear need to help identify the talent necessary to carry out the work – the boots on the ground.

She has been involved with every aspect of nonprofit management and fundraising with a special expertise in fundraising planning, strategic planning, communications, board development, staff coaching, special events, fundraising events, government relations, and public competitive grant sources.

Before founding Growth for Good, Katherine was the development director for The Armory Foundation, MOUSE Inc., New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and The Bertelsmann Foundation. She began her career in the Mayor’s Office for Business Development under Mayor Koch, and helped found the Mayor’s Office for Public Private Partnerships under Mayor Dinkins. She directed Constituency Affairs for Borough President Ruth Messinger.

Katherine has a B.A. in Economics from San Francisco State University and an M.P.A. with honors from the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a member of American Fundraising Professionals, CFRE (certified fundraising executive. Katherine is also the author of four cookbooks. In 1998 she received the James Beard Award for best cookbook in the US for Entertaining 101, Doubleday. She lives and works in Maplewood, New Jersey .