Koya Lands Leader for Field Foundation of Illinois

May 23, 2016 – Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has recruited Angelique Power as president of The Field Foundation of Illinois. She replaces Aurie Pennick who recently announced her retirement.

Managing director Alison P. Ranney, senior manager of executive search Anne B. McCarthy, and senior associate Anny K. Chou led the assignment.

The position called for a leader with a true passion for the mission of the Foundation and a commitment to strengthening the Chicago community. According to the job spec, The Field Foundation sought a leader with a passion for, and professional experience in, directing philanthropic programs in the Chicago area, ideally in areas of the Foundation’s focus.

Ms. Power, a Chicago native, will now collaborate with the board and staff to achieve that core mission through supporting community, civic and cultural entities across the city. Annually, the Foundation distributes more than $2 million in grants to a wide spectrum of organizations.


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With more than 20 years’ experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors, Ms. Power previously served as program director at the Joyce Foundation. There, she managed its culture program portfolio, with a special focus on racial equity in the arts. Additionally, she oversaw the Joyce Awards, the only award program geared toward artists of color across the Great Lakes. While also at the Joyce, Ms. Power co-founded Enrich Chicago, a non-profit led movement that seeks to address historic inequity and structural racism across the arts sector. She formerly served as director of community engagement and communications for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA).

“With her commitment to the community, deep-seeded relationships among key advocates, and an in-depth understanding for the substance of our work, Angelique is the right leader to ensure The Field Foundation most effectively supports our city during such a critical time,” said Lyle Logan, chair of the board of directors for The Field Foundation. “With Angelique’s diverse professional experience, we are able to better serve the Chicagoland community, providing organizations with insightful ideas and strategic support to help achieve their goals.”

“As a born and raised Chicagoan, the daughter of a Chicago police officer and a Chicago public school teacher, I have a deep and intense love for this complicated city. Deeply scarred, dazzlingly innovative and fiercely scrappy, Chicago has always held an electricity that pulses beneath the streets, compelling us to do more, to work harder, to think more creatively, to do all we can to solve its pressing issues,” Ms. Power said. “This is an important moment in Chicago. I am honored to be chosen to lead the Field Foundation with its storied legacy of over 75 years of catalytic grant making. It is known for its ability to closely partner with thought-leaders across the city while steadfastly and humbly working to create an urban center that benefits everyone. This position is an immense gift and palpable responsibility.”

The Field Foundation, established by Marshall Field in 1940, provides support for community, civic and cultural organizations in the Chicago area and is considered one of the most important forces in Illinois philanthropy. It accomplishes its mission by enabling both new and established programs to test innovations, expand proven strengths or address specific, time-limited operational needs.

Koya Leadership Partners is a women-owned and led specialist search boutique serving the leadership needs of non-profit sector enterprises. The firm has recruited executive directors and CEOs for Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois, ChildServ, and Maine Women’s Fund, among many others. The firm is currently heading executive director searches for Corporate Angel Network and West Contra Costa Education Advocacy Organization.

Koya recently placed Mimi LeClair as the new president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Ms. Ranney and Marissa Martin, vice president of executive search, led the assignment.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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