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 Tapped by United Way to Lead CFO Search

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been enlisted by United Way Worldwide to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Peter Gillin and Chartise Clark are leading the assignment for the recruitment firm. Reporting to the president and CEO, the CFO will play a critical role in the development and implementation of the financial systems

Seven Critical Actions to Elevate Recruiting and Retaining Efforts

More than 47 million Americans quit their jobs last year, the highest number of resignations on record, and there was still recently a record 11.5 million job openings. As labor shortages continue, this year could go down as a “pit of despair for employers,” said one senior economist. “It’s not all bad news, though,” said Molly Brennan in a new report from Diversified

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Seeks CEO for Social Enterprise Greenhouse  

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been enlisted by the non-profit Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), a network of business and community leaders who work to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise, to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Spearheading the assignment is managing director Alicia Salerno, who works primarily in Diversified

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners Tapped by the Washington Research Library Consortium to Find New Leader  

Diversified Search Group | Koya Partners has been called in by the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) to lead its search for a new executive director. Spearheading the assignment are managing director Beth Schaefer and senior search associate Marisa Chock. The firm seeks a dynamic, creative leader to provide innovative and thoughtful leadership, and to advance the mission of this member-driven

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.