Koya Leadership Heading CEO Search for Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

February 29, 2016 – Executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has been retained by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago to lead its search for a chief executive officer.

Managing director Alison P. Ranney and Marissa Martin, vice president of executive search, are leading the assignment for Koya.

The incoming CEO is expected to be a visionary leader able to work effectively with a broad range of constituents, both within the Boys & Girls Clubs and externally. The CEO will work with the board of directors to establish a new strategic plan for the organization and to execute that plan with staff.

A collaborative leadership style is sought in the organization’s next leader — someone who can build  relationships and promote the Boys & Girls Clubs to an expanding demographic group. Fundraising abilities are essential, along with an understanding that successful fundraising and the development of partnerships with allied organizations are fundamental responsibilities.

Ms. Ranney specializes in leading senior leadership searches for non-profit organizations, including cultural institutions, foundations and educational institutions across the country. She has conducted searches for clients at the CEO, president, executive director, provost, dean, COO, CFO, and VP levels as well as members of their boards of directors.

With more than 10 years of experience in the executive search industry, Ms. Martin has completed executive and senior level leadership positions across a number of functions and industries.


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Founded in 1902, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago is the longest running organization serving Chicago’s young people. Through programming and activities, it has evolved to serve the needs of a changing community.

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. It is currently heading executive director searches for Corporate Angel Network and West Contra Costa Education Advocacy Organization.

In October, Koya expanded with the addition of Michelle Bonoan as managing director, executive search. She is now leading the firm’s expansion in Los Angeles and helping support its growing number of West Coast non-profit clients.

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

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