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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.

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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 14 years, 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 our clients achieve their missions by providing customized, strategic and innovative support and services for acquiring and retaining exceptional talent.

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

Koya Leadership Partners Assists Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in President Search

Alison P. Ranney and Alexandra N. Corvin of Koya Leadership Partners have teamed up to place George Washington University (GW) president emeritus Steven Knapp as the new president of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. “This is a significant opportunity to lead one of the most important cultural institutions in our country,” said Ms. Ranney. “Steve is such an accomplished and thoughtful leader, and a

To Build More Diverse Teams, Avoid Unconscious Bias When Hiring

The benefits of diversity and inclusion for non-profit organizations are well-documented and include greater success in almost every possible metric. “Often, however, non-profit leaders and managers tend to ignore a key barrier to more meaningful workplace diversity: unconscious bias,” said Molly Brennan, founding partner of Koya Leadership Partners, in the new report. Research shows that

Koya Leadership Partners Seeks Chief Impact Officer for Amnesty International

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has enlisted Molly Brennan and Turner Delano of Koya Leadership Partners to find a chief impact officer to lead several external-facing teams of staff focused on achieving significant human rights impact. The teams will include AIUSA’s campaigns, public affairs (media, social media, arts and entertainment engagement, and events), advocacy/government relations and

Koya Leadership Partners Lands CHRO for Saint Joseph’s University

Executive recruiters continue their hot pursuit of chief human resource officers and other senior-level HR leaders across the nation. Just recently, Koya Leadership Partners placed Zenobia Hargust as the new CHRO of Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) in Philadelphia. Koya vice president Amy Sugin led the search along with consultant Charlotte Harris. SJU, a Jesuit university,

Press Releases

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

Koya Assists LINK Unlimited Scholars with the Hiring of Dee Atkins as Vice President of Institutional Advancement

NEWBURYPORT, MA, January 9, 2018 – LINK Unlimited Scholars welcomes Dee Atkins as the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement! As VP of Advancement, Dee will oversee LINK’s fundraising, communications, mentor, alumni, and external relations programming. Dee brings more than 15 years of experience as a nonprofit administrator in fundraising, corporate social responsibility, volunteer management, and community

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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.