Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Seeking CEO for Philanthropy Massachusetts

January 19, 2024 – Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Groupwas recently called in by Philanthropy Massachusetts to lead in its search for a new CEO. Elizabeth Lombard is leading the assignment. This leader will bring the expertise required to ensure that Philanthropy Massachusetts has operational oversight of the highest caliber and is structured to continue achieving its mission and goals. The CEO will be responsible for assuring Philanthropy Massachusetts’ value to its members and assuring high-quality programs and services for its various constituencies. Koya notes that the CEO will carry out the continued achievements of PMA’s mission and vision, leading the organization to achieve greater levels of influence, impact, innovation, and equity in the Massachusetts philanthropic market. They will provide sound fiscal leadership, staff leadership and supervision, program development, operational oversight, and external relations.

In addition, they will lead the charge supporting our members to move the Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) needle within their organizations and communities and to collectively move the field in advancing equity and justice in the philanthropic sector and the Commonwealth. They are responsible for working with the board to set strategic direction, determine goals, and establish the optimal mix of partnerships and alliances.

Strong candidates will bring excellent management and operational skills, deep communications and relationship-building expertise, experience with grantmaking, and the ability to manage multiple, competing priorities and responsibilities with a sense of calm and confidence, according to Koya. The CEO will bring the expertise required to ensure that Philanthropy Massachusetts has operational oversight of the highest caliber and is structured to continue achieving its mission and goals.

Candidates should bring visionary, innovative, and entrepreneurial leadership in the philanthropic, non-profit, and/or public service sectors. They must have experience with membership associations and/or private foundations is not required but is considered a plus as well as extensive and high-level experience in the non-profit sector, with particular experience in the field of philanthropy.

Founded in 1969, Philanthropy Massachusetts is a diverse and vibrant membership association of highly engaged philanthropic organizations and individuals with interests in Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Its mission is to promote the practice and expansion of effective and responsible philanthropy to improve the health and vitality of its region.

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Diversified Search Group is a family of firms serving specialized sectors. The firm was founded almost five decades ago for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. Koya Partners is a part of the Diversified Search Group and is dedicated to mission-driven leadership. Koya works broadly at the senior-most levels of the mission-driven field in philanthropy, social services, arts and culture, and social justice, among others.

Combined Resources

In 2019, Koya was acquired by Diversified Search. With the combination of revenues and resources, Diversified Search and Koya now represent one of the largest non-profit and higher education practices in the executive search industry. Koya’s specialization in mission-driven search, primarily with non-profit and higher education clients, complements Diversified’s own major education, non-profit, and arts and culture practices, as well as the firm’s healthcare services, board of directors, life sciences, industrial, and digital, media, entertainment, and sports practices.

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Ms. Lombard is a managing director at Koya Partners. With over two decades of recruitment expertise in both the non-profit and private sectors, she brings tenured experience with the full lifecycle of executive search, from needs assessment and candidate development to client management. Ms. Lombard specializes in mission-driven leadership searches and philanthropy executive searches for the firm’s clients nationwide. She has recruited CEOs, presidents, executive directors, CFOs, vice presidents, and other senior leaders for a diverse range of mission-driven organizations.

Ms. Lombard has expertise working with many mission-based organizations including conservation and environmental, reproductive rights, social justice, healthcare, and education organizations. She has directed leadership level searches for The Trust for Public Land, American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Women’s Health Coalition, Innovations for Poverty Action, The Philadelphia Zoo, ActBlue, National Women’s Law Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, NASTAD, Last Mile Health, and Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, in addition to other select non-profit organizations throughout the country.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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