About Us

Koya Partners is the nation’s premier search firm dedicated to mission-driven organizations.

Koya was founded in 2004 on the guiding principle that the right leader can transform an organization and have a deep and measurable impact on our world. Today Koya has conducted nearly 3,000 executive searches across the U.S. and around the world with a single goal: To advance our clients’ missions by identifying and placing transformational leaders.

In 2019, Koya Partners became a Diversified Search Group company. Both firms were founded by women and have long track records of building diversity and equity internally and through their placements.

We pursue this work with respect, joy, and excellence – with a staff that is both exceptionally talented and deeply experienced in executive search and the sectors we serve.

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Koya Partners is the nation’s premier search firm dedicated to mission-driven organizations.

Koya was founded in 2004 on the guiding principle that the right leader can transform an organization and have a deep and measurable impact on our world. Today Koya has conducted nearly 3,000 executive searches across the U.S. and around the world with a single goal: To advance our clients’ missions by identifying and placing transformational leaders.

In 2019, Koya Partners became a Diversified Search Group company. Both firms were founded by women and have long track records of building diversity and equity internally and through their placements.

We pursue this work with respect, joy, and excellence – with a staff that is both exceptionally talented and deeply experienced in executive search and the sectors we serve.

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • All Solutions
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Career Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Executive Tracker
  • Interim
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • On-Demand Recruiting
  • Onboarding
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Outplacement
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • General Management
  • Human Resources

News Briefings

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Seeking Chief Development Officer for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, has been retained by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to lead in its search for a chief development officer. The assignment is being led by Gerard F. Cattie Jr. Reporting directly to the president and serving on the executive leadership team, the chief development officer will be responsible

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Tapped by Commonwealth of Massachusetts to Find CHRO

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, has been retained by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to find a chief human resources officer. Kim Dukes, Maureen Alphonse-Charles, and Andy Tarsy of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced leader to serve as its next

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Recruits Executive Director for TransitCenter

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, recently assisted in the recruitment of  Stephanie Lotshaw as the new executive director of TransitCenter in New York City. Managing director Anne McCarthy, senior search associate Claire Hunt, and senior search coordinator Kaley Blaszinski led the assignment. “After months of careful searching, interviews, and dialogue we are proud to announce that

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Selected to Find New Leader for TransitCenter

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, was recently retained by TransitCenter in New York City to lead its search for a new executive director. Managing director Anne McCarthy, senior search associate Claire Hunt, and senior search coordinator Kaley Blaszinski are leading the assignment. The executive director must be a strategic and visionary leader

Press Releases

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Retained by The Weingart Foundation for President and CEO Search

March 4, 2024 – Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, has been retained by The Weingart Foundation to find their next President & CEO. The Weingart Foundation seeks an innovative, equity-minded, and visionary leader to oversee all facets of the Foundation’s work and to guide the organization into its next stage of impact as

Maureen Alphonse-Charles Joins Koya Leadership Partners As Managing Director in Boston

NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Oct. 3, 2018 – Leading national executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners has hired prominent executive search expert Maureen Alphonse-Charles as Managing Director. Based out of Koya’s Boston office, Alphonse-Charles will help deepen the firm’s work across nonprofits and mission-driven organizations, building a bridge between nonprofits, the corporate sector, and corporate boards. Additionally, she has developed a tracked record of

National Women’s History Museum Retains Koya Leadership Partners—a Woman-Founded and Led firm—for Leadership Search

ALEXANDRIA, VA, MARCH 27, 2018 – The National Women’s History Museum today announced it retained Koya Leadership Partners, a leading national executive search firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients, to conduct the search for the Museum’s next leader. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Americans about the diverse contributions of

McMullen picked to head Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, MA, March 20, 2018 – Amanda D. McMullen has been named president and chief executive officer of New Bedford Whaling Museum after an international search, the museum’s board announced last week. The museum said it teamed with Koya Leadership Partners, an executive search firm that specializes in leading searches for mission-driven clients, to

Big Thought Board Names Byron Sanders as New President & CEO of Dallas-Based Education Nonprofit

NEWBURYPORT, MA, January 8, 2018 – One of Dallas’ most respected education nonprofits, Big Thought, today announced that Byron Sanders has been named the next President and CEO of the organization. Sanders joins Big Thought after serving as Vice President and Institutional Client Advisor for U.S. Trust where he advised nonprofit institutions on investment management strategy. He

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Examining Diversity and Equity in Nonprofit Boards of Directors
Koya’s report, The Governance Gap: Examining Diversity and Equity in Nonprofit Boards of Directors, examines how and why this gap persists, with the aim of giving leaders actionable strategies for increasing board diversity.