Koya Leadership Partners


Koya Leadership Partners was founded in 2004 on a single belief: The right person in the right place can change the world. That belief has evolved into a guiding philosophy for the entire firm. We are deeply committed to the idea that the right leader — with the right support and resources — can transform an organization and have a deep and measurable impact on our world.

Over the last decade Koya has conducted hundreds of executive searches across the United States and around the world. Our team has grown, our methodology has sharpened, and the range of services we offer has diversified. But we have never strayed from our mission: To help nonprofit organizations achieve their missions by providing customized, strategic, and innovative support and services for acquiring and retaining exceptional talent.

Completed Searches



Koya Seeking New Leader for National Wildlife Refuge Association

Top leaders for non-profit concerns remain in hot demand and Koya Leadership Partners has the latest big search in the sector. Molly Brennan, a founding partner at the firm, is seeking a president for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, to be named by early summer. The National Wildlife Refuge Association is the only independent non-profit exclusively focused

Make-A-Wish Picks Koya Leadership Partners for Marketing Chief Search

Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has been retained by Make-A-Wish America to lead its search for a chief development and marketing officer (CDMO). Koya vice presidents Marissa Martin and Trisha Sutrisno are leading the assignment. Make-A-Wish America is seeking an innovative fundraising and marketing leader strategist to serve as its next chief development and marketing officer to advance the organization’s efforts

The 10 Biggest Recruiting Assignments of 2016

As the year now draws to a close, it turns out that when we looked back through our archives 2016 was simply a remarkable year for first rate search assignments. Hunt Scanlon Media tracked hundreds of them. From CEO placements to those covering the bandwidth of the C-suite, our editorial team gleaned the best from every industry sector

Koya Leading CFO Search for Barack Obama Foundation

Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has been retained by The Barack Obama Foundation to lead its search for a chief financial officer. Alison P. Ranney, managing director and Chicago office head, is leading the assignment on behalf of Koya. Koya has been advising the Obama Foundation informally and formally since early 2015. Once the Obamas decided to

Koya Leadership Partners In Hunt to Find Leader for Amnesty International

Human rights organization Amnesty International USA is looking for a new executive director and has turned to Koya Leadership Partners for leadership assistance. Managing partner Molly Brennan and principal Sam Simmons are leading the search. Amnesty seeks a seasoned professional who can, above all else, work collaboratively. “The organization needs a leader who can bring a wide range of


Kristen Shepherd Named New Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

NEWBURYPORT, MA, November 6, 2016 — Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg on naming Kristen Shepherd, an innovative leader in the art world who has expanded community engagement at museums in Los Angeles and New York, as its new Director. We were delighted to be involved in this successful search. The Museum

Katie Bouton Named 2016 Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO

NEWBURYPORT, MA, September 27, 2016 — We are thrilled to share the news that SmartCEO has named Katie Bouton, Founder & CEO of Koya Leadership Partners, as a 2016 Boston Brava Award winner. The Brava Awards celebrates high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, and C-suite executives. An independent committee of local business

Longtime Media Executive Terry O’Reilly Joins Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation as its First CEO

NEWBURYPORT, MA, June 30, 2016 — Koya is thrilled by the recruitment of Terry O’Reilly as the first CEO of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (PCBC), the two leading public radio stations WESA and WYEP in Pittsburgh. We were honored to have partnered with the Board of PCBC on this national search. O’Reilly’s appointment follows the recent consolidation

Koya Leadership Partners Recognized by Forbes as One of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms of 2016

NEWBURYPORT, MA, May 3, 2016 — Koya Leadership Partners has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms of 2016. We are thrilled to be one of 258 firms that made the list out of about 50,000 consultancies that were in the running. We are proud of our work and amazing team members. For

Koya Leadership Partners Featured on Hunt Scanlon’s Top 50 Recruiters List

NEWBURYPORT, MA, April 8, 2016 — Koya Leadership Partners is thrilled to be recognized as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas by Hunt Scanlon Media. The Top 50 Recruiter’s list is an annual roundup of the largest, fastest growing executive search firms, and Koya is proud to be ranked side by side with