Edward Orzechowski

Ed Orzechowski is the President and owner of Nonprofit Advisors, a consulting firm he established upon his retirement as CEO of Catholic Charities of Washington in 2012.  His practice includes Board and organizational development, strategic positioning, and interimEd Orzechowski executive services.  His 40 year career in human services included work in Baltimore, Memphis, and Washington DC. 

As CEO in Washington, his leadership resulted in a significant growth of the agency which employed over 800 staff and had an annual budget of over $60 million.  He led the merger of 3 other Church sponsored agencies into Catholic Charities, developed over 400 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing, and in 1999 successfully orchestrated the agency’s first capital campaign, raising over $9 million.  Ed was a founder of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, and served on its board and those of many other organizations throughout his career. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland.  He and his wife, Terry, are celebrating 40 years of marriage and have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Contact: Edward Orzechowski, Nonprofit Advisors, 10812 Green Ash Lane, Beltsville, MD 20705, Phone: 202-361-1727; Email: Edward@nonprofit-advisors.com


To strengthen non-profit organizations that are in transition by providing strategic consultation, project management, and interim executive leadership, while bringing 35 years of successful, progressively responsible management and leadership experience to the work.


President and Principal of Nonprofit Advisors, LLC – 2012-present

Owner and chief executive of consulting firm specializing in organizational development, strategic positioning, project management, business planning, Board and staff development, and interim executive staffing.  A partial list of recent clients include:

  • NPH Foundation, McKenna Center, Institute for Public Health Innovation, Catholic Charities of Arlington, Stepping Stones Shelter, Montgomery Community Media, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Catholic Charities of Sacramento, Ca., Catholic Charities of Scranton, Pa., Youth Apostles,  Montgomery County Girls on the Run.

President / CEO, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington – Washington, DC                              1990-2011

Chief Executive of a $62 million multi-service non-profit agency that serves people who are homeless, people with disabilities, abused and neglected children and youth, refugees and immigrants, and families in crisis.

  • Successfully orchestrated the agency’s first capital campaign, raising over $9 million
  • Led the merger of 3 other social service agencies into the Catholic Charities umbrella
  • Prior to the merger, grew the organization from a $7 million annual operation to over a $25 million operation
  • Achieved accredited status for the agency by the Council on Accreditation
  • Launched a supporting Foundation with current assets in excess of $10 million
  • Successfully facilitated strategic plans that resulted, among other things, in the development of over 400 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless families and individuals.

President / CEO, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Memphis – Memphis, TN                                                 1983-1990

Chief executive of a $12 million multi-service agency providing residential treatment to disturbed adolescents, services to refugees, housing for the elderly, and services to families in crisis.

  • Successfully expanded the agency from a $2 million operation, including the successful merger of two other non-profit organizations into the Catholic Charities corporate umbrella.
  • Oversaw the expansion of housing development for the elderly by an additional 200 units.
  • Redesigned a failing residential institution for girls into a successful treatment program for adolescents.
  • Initiated a client-based outcome measurement process throughout the organization.

Associate Administrator, St. Vincent’s Children’s Center – Baltimore, MD                                                           1977-1983

Clinical and Program Director for an 85 bed residential facility for abused and neglected, or multiply handicapped children.   Began as the Director of Social Services, and progressed to Associate Administrator.

  • Created an effective 90-day diagnostic and evaluation program to assess children’s needs for on-going placement, treatment planning, and family support services.
  •  Created a service quality review process to assess child’s progress, and plan appropriate after-care service plan with the local Departments of Human Services. 
  • Stabilized the financial operation of the facility through increased utilization, contract renegotiation and operational efficiencies resulting in budget surpluses for the last 4 years.

Caseworker and Clinical Social Worker, Catholic Charities – Baltimore, MD                                                       1970-1977

Provided direct clinical counseling services to families and individuals, except during the two years of graduate school wherein I served part-time as a senior houseparent for a residential treatment facility for youth.

Research Assistant, CARA, Inc  – Washington, DC                                                                                   1969-1970

Provided support functions and literature reviews for senior levelresearchers


Bachelor of Arts, Mt. Saint Paul College – Waukesha, Wisconsin                                                                      1969-1973

Master of Social Work, University of Maryland –Baltimore, MD                                                                              1973-1975

 Memberships and Related Activities

  • Catholic Charities USA – Member, 1983-Present; Board of Trustees, 1984-1990
  • Chair of National Strategic Planning Vision 2000 Steering Committee, 1997-1999
  •  Victory Housing, Inc. – Board of Directors from 1990- 1995
  •  Consortium for Child Welfare – Board of Directors, 1990-1995; Member, 1990–2000; Chair of the Board, 1998-2000
  •  Greater Washington Non-profit Roundtable – Co-Founder and Board of Directors, 1998 – 2008; Board Chairman, 2006-2008; Chair, Membership Committee, 2002-2004
  • The John Carroll Society – Member – 1990 to present; Social Concerns Committee member – 2011; Chair – Social Concerns Committee – 2012 to present
  • United Way of Greater Washington -Member of President’s Circle of Non-profit Advisors, 1996-2000
  • Elizabeth Seton High School – Bladensburg, Md – Member of the Board of Directors;  Chairperson of the Development Committee
  • Named one of 150 Most Influential Leaders in Washington, DC by Washingtonian Magazine, 2009.