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Dawn E. Dzurilla


Dawn E. Dzurilla is Founder & Managing Partner of Gaia Human Capital Consultants, having launched the practice in 2006.  She brings over 20 years of executive search and talent acquisition experience to every client engagement.  

A retainer based Executive Search & Talent Acquisition Consulting practice, Dawn is committed to our clients’ success; a partner with clients to provide deep expertise in innovative impact & sustainable technology industries, functional roles and geographies in which clients operate.

Gaia Human Capital Consultants builds teams in transformative, disruptive and impact technology, investment and professional services companies,  cleantech, renewable energy, environmental sustainability & private equity impact investors & information technology companies and non-profits.  

Dawn is especially adept at strategizing and executing complex, demanding executive search and talent acquisition situations, having conducted scores of challenging client searches for CEO's, CXO's, Directors and divisional leaders.

Dawn founded or co-founded four companies and had served in numerous leadership roles in the corporate and public sectors. 


Dawn has served as Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Recurrent Energy, a utility-scale Solar Development firm.  Collaborating with stakeholder executives, she executed best-practice scalable and proactive search / recruitment solutions across the entire company, attracting coveted passive candidates and executing multiple searches, especially in its EPC division — in support of over 4.3 GW of large-scale solar energy projects development pipeline.

Dawn served as Director of Corporate Recruitment & Talent Acquisition of Eastridge Workforce Solutions, serving as the firm’s senior corporate recruitment leader.  In support of the firm’s growth and executive-level high hiring demand, Dawn created and drove strategies that attracted a pipeline of top-talent in highly competitive markets and led the firm’s diversity recruitment initiative. 

Dawn co-founded H3 Capital Partners, a pioneering Impact Investment / Socially Responsible Investment firm, which considered social, environmental and corporate governance criteria as a investment objective.

Earlier in her executive search career, she managed a successful retained search practice focused in the investment banking, mutual fund and investment management sectors. - originating and executing scores of global searches, built teams of Senior Executives, Portfolio Managers, Bankers, Investment Research and Technology Executives.  Additionally, she directed an Investment Bank's College Recruitment program.  Dawn's retained executive search career began when she served as Vice President of a top 10 largest and Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) member retained search firm and Principal of a prominent search firm specialized in the investment management industry.

Dawn’s served as Head of Corporate Development for an innovative medical waste technology company and began her career began as a Financial Analyst on Wall Street at Smith Barney. 

Dawn is a past National Chair of The Cleantech Open (CTO) and Director of Human Capital.  She provided organizational and leadership planning mentorship to scores of CEO’s and CXO’s at start-ups and internally led CTO’s HR functions.

Dawn is an Advisory Board Member of the Solstice Initiative an award winning community solar organization, launched by Princeton University scholars.

Gaia Human Capital Consultants has been a member of The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Dawn is a past Board member of a regional chapter of Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Passionate about diversity & inclusion leadership, impact, environmental and sustainability careers & investing and social change, Dawn has authored several articles and has presented at numerous venues including Net Impact, American Council on Renewable Energy, Stanford University, Columbia University, Evergreen State College, Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy, The Cleantech Open and Princeton University.

A native New Yorker, Dawn graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  Dawn resides full-time in San Francisco, CA with Penny, her adorable Havanese puppy. 

"Executive Search Consulting is challenging.  My role is about being extremely focused and working diligently to represent my clients' very best interests and execute a thorough process and strategy that delivers superb service and world-class talent."

Definition of Gaia: 

Mother Earth in Greek Methology